Rivier’s May 9 Commencement ceremony has been postponed.


Dear 2020 Graduates:

Rivier joins a growing number of institutions across the country who have made the decision to postpone Commencement, which is based on our commitment to follow federal and state guidelines and support the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and extended community. The University will hold a ceremony in the future to honor our graduates. It is important to know that for those who have completed degree requirements, your degree will be officially conferred in May.

To the Class of 2020, I know that this postponement of Commencement will be particularly disappointing. I can assure you that our entire Rivier community looks forward to celebrating your accomplishments. I look forward to the future when I can present your diploma to you personally and celebrate this momentous occasion with your family and friends. The Office of Student Affairs will communicate specific plans when there is greater certainty in our region when large group assemblies may resume.

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM

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.

Submit your form by the following deadlines:

  • August 1 for the end of the summer semester to graduate on September 2
  • December 1 for the end of the fall semester to graduate on January 2
  • February 1 for the end of the spring semester to graduate in May

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 are issued. Graduation fees can be paid through MyRiv.

You will receive additional information once your Application for Graduation is received. You are welcome to contact us if you have additional questions.


Office of the Registrar