Commencement 2022

We had a wonderful time celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates at Commencement 2022, held on Mead Hall Lawn!

Commemorative Program Request

In an effort to honor our mission to reduce waste, Drew will be distributing the commemorative 2022 Commencement program by request only.

Interested in receiving the keepsake program, which includes awards, honors, and full graduate lists for all three schools?

Please complete the simple form below by May 20.

During 2021's Commencement events, we hosted separate, socially-distanced, outdoor graduation ceremonies for each of the three schools based on COVID-19 health and safety guidance from the State of New Jersey.

While the 2021 decisions were made in response to the pandemic, we found a silver lining in this model: each school enjoyed experiencing their own personalized ceremony, celebrating their unique journeys and accomplishments.

To honor this feedback, Commencement 2022 occurred over two days, with the Drew Theological School and Caspersen School of Graduate Studies ceremonies took place on Friday, May 13, and the College of Liberal Arts ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

Each ceremony featured school- and area-specific programming on Mead Hall Lawn.

To ensure the health and safety of graduates, guests, and other ceremony participants, Drew monitored the COVID-19 transmission rates and local, state, and federal guidelines in the planning and execution of the Commencement celebrations.

All graduating students—including residential, commuting, and remote students—were invited to participate in the in-person Commencement ceremonies and celebrations.

Additional Commencement Week Celebrations

Theological School Honors Convocation

April 26 | 6 p.m. | Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Join the Theological School community as we celebrate the achievements of our DTS students.

Lavender Ceremony & Brunch

May 1 | 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Crawford Hall

The Lavender Ceremony is a traditional event where graduating folks who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community here at Drew University are recognized for their accomplishments. This event upholds the values of students who with their hard work and enthusiasm for community have created an environment for everyone around them. Register below!

Rites of Passage & Brunch

May 1 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Crawford Hall

If you are a graduating student who identifies as part of the Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community, you can choose to sign up for this very special ceremony! The Rites of Passage ceremony is a cultural event where BIPOC students are recognized for their hard work and accomplishments throughout their college career. Register below!

Senior Send-Off Celebrations

May 11-13

The Office of Student Engagement has an exciting lineup of celebratory events planned for the graduating members of the CLA leading up to Commencement. Check out the full schedule and register below.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

May 13 | 6 p.m. | The Concert Hall

"To Be Peacemakers." Join us for the multi-faith service of blessing for our graduating students and their families. The service honors the religious traditions of our community with readings, prayers, music, and dance led by our Religious Life Council representatives and University Chaplain's Office.

Theological School Eucharist

May 13 | 8-8:30 a.m. | Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

Join the Theological School community for a blessing ahead of the DTS Commencement Ceremony.

2022 Commencement Ceremonies

• Theological School | Friday, May 13, 10 a.m. | Mead Hall Lawn

• Caspersen School of Graduate Studies | Friday, May 13, 3 p.m. | Mead Hall Lawn

• College of Liberal Arts | Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. | Mead Hall Lawn