SUNY New Paltz virtual commencement this Friday

SUNY New Paltz will hold a virtual, pre-recorded commencement ceremony this Friday, May 22. Community members are welcome to join students, faculty, staff, alumni and family members watching the broadcast, links to which will be published at on May 22 at 1 p.m.

This year, nearly 2100 undergraduate and more than 600 graduate degrees will be conferred. “We recognize and commend our graduates who have worked diligently to overcome the direct and indirect impact of the coronavirus and continued to be productive during these extraordinary times,” said president Donald P. Christian. “We know that students were especially saddened to have their final semester ended so abruptly, and we applaud their ability to overcome the adversity that coronavirus has caused in their educational and personal lives. Our students’ willingness and success in adapting quickly to a changing environment will serve them well in their lives and livelihoods.”

Among the honored students will be Valedictorian Majessa Pedrozo and salutatorian Megan Vaughn.


An in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020 is planned for May 2021.