Commencement FAQs

  • Will my degree still be conferred on May 18?

Yes, if you are scheduled to graduate, your degree will officially be conferred on May 18. That date will be on both your transcript and diploma.

  • How will I receive my diploma and when?

If you do not have any holds on your account, your diploma will be mailed to you by the middle of July. 

  • How can I obtain my commencement regalia/cap, gown and tassel?

The University will be shipping all regalia directly to graduates.

All graduates will receive an email from the registrar’s office regarding:


b.) How to order your regalia if you have not yet had the opportunity to do so.

  • Are yearbooks being published?

The Peacock Pie yearbook for the Class of 2020 will be published on a delayed schedule. The yearbook staff wants to be sure to include all important photos in the book and will wait until all events for the Class of 2020, such as commencement, have taken place.

Yearbook Portraits will be included in the yearbook for all day undergraduate students who have taken their photos with Lors Photography Studio. Lors will be available for another round of yearbook portrait sittings when it is safe for students to return to campus. Lors will also have appointments available at their studio if that location is more convenient for students. For questions about yearbook and yearbook portraits, please email

  • Am I still able to order a class ring?

Students can still order a class ring.  Visit the Saint Peter’s Balfour site to view all of the options. Payment plans and special offers are available.

  • How can I obtain a copy of my transcript?

You can order a transcript by visiting SpiritOnline. Please select the “Hold for posting of Current Term Degrees” option to ensure that your conferral is on the transcript.

  • Is Saint Peter’s University still planning an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 and when?

At this time we cannot predict when, where and how commencement will take place. However, the University is committed to recognizing and celebrating the members of the Class of 2020 who have all worked so hard to get to this point. As we learn more in the coming weeks, and our situation becomes clearer, we will work towards a plan to honor our graduates. We are certainly keeping open the possibility that we can do something to recognize our graduates’ achievements later this summer or fall, but the current public health conditions make a more concrete prediction impossible to make at this time.

  • Will any of the Senior Week activities be celebrated and when?

At this time the University is committed to providing the Class of 2020 with an opportunity to make final memories with their classmates at Senior Events. We have worked with venues and companies to place the traditional events normally held in May, such as Junior-Senior Formal and the NYC Harbor Cruise, on hold until we can find an appropriate date to reschedule. Students will be notified as soon as the events are rescheduled.

  • Are there other ways Saint Peter’s is honoring the Class of 2020?

In order to honor the Class of 2020 virtually, the University has developed a #SPU2020 Peacock Pride Wall, a surprise online commencement address on May 18 and a social media challenge, which will be launched on Monday, May 11.

  • How will the graduates be welcomed into the alumni community?

The John J. Delaney ’50 Graduate Reception traditionally serves as the first opportunity for Saint Peter’s to welcome the Class of 2020 into the alumni community. Similar to the other in-person commencement events, the Delaney Reception has been postponed with the goal of rescheduling at a later date.

Until then, please know Saint Peter’s is proud to have the Class of 2020 join the more than 33,000 graduates in the alumni community.    


For additional questions regarding commencement, please email