Graduation Week

Commencement 2022 will be held May 21, 2022

Congratulations, Class of 2022! Your moment has arrived! On behalf of the Student Activities Office we could not be happier for you and your accomplishments during your time here at Daemen. 

Before going any further... 

Make sure you:

  1. Have submitted an application for degree with the Registrar's Office.
  2. Have indicated if you are (or are not) participating in the Graduation Ceremony.
  3. Have purchased your cap & gown through the bookstore. Use this link to purchase yours online. (Currently the only way to purchase a cap & gown is through online. Stay tuned for details on in-person orders.)

If you need to do one or all of the following, please head over to daemen.edu/graduationinfo and complete those tasks before going any further here!

Graduation Week Schedule of Events

Student Acitvities is working with a number of offices and departments to create a memorable experience for our graduating students. Below is this year's planned Graduation Week schedule. Please know that the events planned during Graduation Week are open to ALL graduating students. Undergrad and graduate students included.

Check back often for updates! Please direct any questions about graduation week to Student Activities at student_activities@daemen.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: As COVID cases have been rising locally, Daemen is being intentional with working to keep our graduates safe so they are able to attend all graduation celebrations including commencement. Face masks will be required for all indoor graduation week events. Masks may only be removed when actively eating or drinking.

Friday, May 13, 2022

  • 4:30pm-6:00pm       
    • TGIF & Graduation Week Kick Off (Wick Center Wildcat Den & Wick Center Back Lawn). Kick off Graduation Week with us! Enjoy some great food, desserts, and special cocktails! This event is free for the Daemen community to join.
    • Cap Decorating (Wick Center Lobby). Stop by and make your grad cap your own! We'll have a bunch of supplies on hand for you to use or grab and go! This event is free for the Daemen community to join.

Saturday. May 14, 2022

  • 12:00pm-3:00pm     
    • Food Truck Picnic  (Wick Center Back Lawn). Have a picnic on us! Stop by for some food and outdoor games! This event is free for graduating students to join.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

  • 1:00pm-4:00pm         
    • Escape City Use your mind for something other than studying!  Escape City is a live action escape room game, where you must work your way through the Hollywood Quality Sets, find the clues, solve the puzzles, and escape before time runs out! Includes pizza and three escape rooms.Transportation provided. Undergrad and grad students can sign up for this event! Spots are limited so get your ticket while you can! Ticket sales end May 15th!

Monday, May 16, 2022

  • 10:00am-2:00pm     
    • Graduation Headshots & Photoshoot (Wick Center Alumni Lounge). Sign up for an exclusive photoshoot for our graduating students. Come dressed in your cap and gown or in whatever you want! Undergrad and grad students can sign up for this event! Sign up for a spot using our Sign Up Link!
  • 10:00am-3:00pm     
    • Cap Decorating (Wick Center Lobby). Stop by and make your grad cap your own! We'll have a bunch of supplies on hand for you to use or grab and go! This event is free for the Daemen community to join.
  • 6:00pm - 9:30pm     
    • Nursing Honor Society Inductions (Wick Center Alumni Lounge) For information contact Carol Renner  at crenner@daemen.edu.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • 10:00am-3:00pm     
    • Cap Decorating (Wick Center Lobby). Stop by and make your grad cap your own! We'll have a bunch of supplies on hand for you to use or grab and go! This event is free for the Daemen community to join.
  • 4:00pm-6:30pm       

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

  • 10:00am-3:00pm       
    • Cap Decorating (Wick Center Lobby). Stop by and make your grad cap your own! We'll have a bunch of supplies on hand for you to use or grab and go! This event is free for the Daemen community to join.
  • 12:00pm - 2:30pm     
    • Athletics Senior Luncheon (Wick Center Alumni Lounge) For more information contact Alexis Schultz at aschultz@daemen.edu.
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm         
    • Trustee Scholar Graduate Reception (Wick Center Social Room). Email ymorris@daemen.edu for more details.
  • 10:00PM-1:00AM                        

Thursday, May 19, 2022

  • 10:00am-3:00pm     
    • Cap Decorating (Wick Center Lobby). Stop by and make your grad cap your own! We'll have a bunch of supplies on hand for you to use or grab and go! This event is free for the Daemen community to join.
  • 11:00am-1:00pm     
    • Campus-Wide Picnic (Wick Center Back Lawn) We're serving up a picnic lunch to the campus community before graduation! Enjoy one final Wick Dining meal before walking the stage with your friends, faculty, and staff here at Daemen. This event is free for the Daemen community to join.
  • 4:00pm                     
    • Physical Therapy Graduation Reception (Wick Center Alumni Lounge) For more information contact  Melissa Wilkerson at mwilkers@daemen.edu.
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm                 

Friday, May 20, 2022

  • 11:00am                         
    • Undergraduate Student Graduation Rehearsal (Lumsden Gymnasium). All graduating UNDERGRADUATE students MUST attend.
  • 12:00pm                         
    • Graduate Student Graduation Rehearsal (Lumsden Gymnasium). Graduating graduate students should attend, IF you have any concerns about the pronunciation of your name, of IF you have any questions about your diploma, and/or academic related inquiries. 
  • 7:00pm                     
    • Annual Excellence Awards (Lumsden Gymnasium). Graduating students, their families, and members of the University community invited. Daemen University’s Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony is an event that celebrates achievement, aspiration, and the completion of undergraduate and graduate careers. We take this time to celebrate academic traditions, to honor achievement, and to congratulate our students who represent excellence in each department. This is a dress-up affair! (Though not academic attire.) This is a free event for all graduating students, their families, and members of the University community.
  • 8:30pm-11:00pm     
    • Annual Excellence Awards Reception (Wick Center Social Room). Time to celebrate all of our graduates at this fun and festive event. This a favorite annual Daemen University tradition providing wonderful food and refreshments and a great time! This is a free event for all graduating students, their families, and members of the University community.

Saturday, May 21, 2022    

  • 10:00am-11:30am   
    • Daemen University Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony (Lumsden Gymnasium) For more information contact Allyson Kirk at akirk@daemen.edu.
  • 12:00pm-2:00pm             
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm