The traditional Candlelight Induction Ceremony will be part of Gradunion 2020

St. Bonaventure University

GradUnion 2020

The Class of 2020 will get its long-awaited in-person Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 18, 2022, as part of a celebration weekend we're calling GradUnion 2020.

St. Bonaventure University's Class of 2020 had their senior year interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were sent home in March of that year, courses continued in a virtual format, and Commencement was a YouTube Live video that graduates watched on their phones or laptops.

But a promise by Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, our beloved late university president, was made to the class at that time: You will get the opportunity to walk across stage in an on-campus graduation ceremony. That day comes on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in a 10:30 a.m. stage-crossing event in Reilly Center Arena. 

It's part of a two-day event aimed at bringing the Class of 2020 back together for the first time since the pandemic, and presenting those proud graduates the opportunity to participate in traditional Commencement-related activities that they missed, such as Baccalaureate Mass and the moving Candlelight Induction Ceremony in which graduates are welcomed into the family of SBU alumni.

It's a graduation event and reunion rolled into one — a GradUnion.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022
1 p.m.
Accommodations Open for Check-in
Please note: Accommodations in on-campus townhouses and apartments will be available for Class of 2020 graduates only. All other guests and family members will need to make arrangements for accommodations off campus.

5 p.m.
Baccalaureate Mass
Location: University Chapel

8:15 p.m.
Class of 2020 Alumni Candlelight Induction Ceremony
Location: Plassmann Hall steps

9 p.m.
Family Social
Location: Hickey Dining Hall

10:30 a.m.
Commencement — Stage Crossings
Location: Reilly Center Arena

3:30-7 p.m.
Class of 2020 Picnic
Location: To be determined
Invitees: Class of 2020 graduates only

8 p.m.
Class of 2020 Night Out
Location: To be determined
Event hosted by Alumni Services; details to be announced

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2022
1:30 p.m.
Campus accommodations must be vacated