We look forward to celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2024 on May 12!

Congratulations to all those completing their degree programs and preparing for graduation this spring! Details on Commencement events are listed below.

Watch the Commencement 2024 Livestream

Commencement | Sunday, May 12, 2024 | 10 a.m. 

Tsongas Center, 300 Arcand Drive, Lowell, MA 01852

  • LIVESTREAM: This ceremony can be viewed live on the day of the event by clicking here.
  • Graduates must arrive by 8:30 a.m.
  • You may bring as many guests as you like to Commencement. Please arrive at the Tsongas Center (east entrance) wearing your full academic regalia (cap, gown, hood, tassel, and applicable cords) before 8:30 a.m. Guests should enter through the Main Entrance; Doors open for guests at 9 a.m.
  • The approximate length of the ceremony is 2 1/2 hours.
  • Rivier will honor Judge Talesha L. Saint-Marc as its 2024 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.

Cap and Gown Pick-up

Students can pick up their cap and gown by visiting Rivier Bookstore during normal business hours at the following on-campus career fairs:

  • Wednesday, February 27 | Nursing and Health Sciences programs
  • Tuesday, March 26 | Business and Arts and Sciences programs
  • Monday, April 8 | Education programs

Additionally, all graduating students can pick up regalia from the Rivier Bookstore during normal business hours beginning on Tuesday, April 9. If you did not pre-order your cap and gown, you can still pick up your regalia. Any student that is unable to pick up their regalia in person can call the Rivier Bookstore at (603) 888-4145 to arrange for shipment.

All Doctoral students must reach out to their appropriate Program Director to obtain an order form for regalia.

Preparing for Graduation

Your first step toward graduation is completing your formal notification of intent to graduate. Each degree-seeking student must submit the Application for Graduation electronically or through a paper form available in the Office of the Registrar.

Students who complete degree requirements after the summer or fall semesters are encouraged to participate in the Commencement ceremony in May. You are advised to check with your Department Chairperson or Academic Advisor to be certain that all requirements for graduation have been met.

A mandatory graduation fee of $175 is charged to all students’ accounts upon acceptance of the Application to Graduate. Student account balances must be paid in full before diplomas or our new e-Diplomas are issued. Graduation fees can be paid through MyRiv.

After you submit your online Application for Graduation, you will see a confirmation page with additional information. You will receive additional information via your student email once it becomes available. Please check your Rivier University email regularly for any updates.

You are welcome to contact us if you have additional questions.


Office of the Registrar