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This year’s ceremony, like all previous years, consists of the following parts:
- Opening Ceremonies by Provost Christopher J. Cyphers, Ph.D.
- Bachelor’s Degree Candidate Address by Daniela Dwek, BFA Computer Art
- Master’s Degree Candidate Address by Ishita Jain, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay
- President’s Address by David Rhodes
- Introduction of Commencement Speaker by David A. Ross, chair, MFA Art Practice
- Commencement Speaker Address by John Waters, filmmaker, actor, writer and artist
- Honorary Degree Presentation
- Awarding and Conferral of Master’s Degrees
- Awarding and Conferral of Bachelor’s Degrees
- Closing Remarks by Provost Christopher J. Cyphers, Ph.D.
The ceremony is expected to run from 1pm - 3:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time. Shortly after its conclusion, a replay of the event will be available on this page (sva.edu/commencement).
1) Who is the Commencement speaker?
The 2020 Commencement Speaker is John Waters, Writer/Director.
2) What is the correct academic attire?
Commencement attire is provided by SVA when candidates complete all graduation requirements.
3) Do I go up on stage during the ceremony?
No. The ceremony will be virtual.