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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

On the eve of Commencement, Ramapo College will host graduates and their guests for the time-honored tradition of Arching. Arching ceremonies mark both the beginning and ending of the Ramapo College experience. On their first day as Ramapo students, the Class of 2017 marched up Mansion Road and through the Arch. On May 10, graduates of the Class of 2017 will process through the Arch and down Mansion Road as it is lined with cheering families, friends, faculty and staff.

The Arching Ceremony will be held on campus at the Arch. Graduates should wear their regalia.

Immediately following Arching, there will be school-based receptions. Graduates and two of their guests are invited to attend the receptions and enjoy the company of their peers, faculty, and alumni!  There is no cost to attend this event, but an RSVP by the graduate was required.

2017 Arching Flyer with Details

Event Access

Tickets are NOT required for the Arching Ceremony or the Celebration at Sunset School Receptions.  Pre-registration by the graduate was required.

The North entrance to the College will be closed starting at 4:00 p.m., and guests will be directed to the South entrance.  Upon arrival to campus, parking will be available in the A-D Lots and in the Parking Deck.  Handicap parking for those with State issued Handicap placards will be in Lot A  or the Parking Deck on Woods Road.  The lot behind the Student Center will be reserved for handicap pick up and drop off only.

Schedule for Wednesday, May 10:

  • 3:30 p.m. – Hospitality Suite open in the Student Center Atrium
  • 4:00 p.m. – Opportunity for pictures and to socialize with faculty, friends and graduates in the Grove/Arch area. (Gonfalons will identify meeting areas for each school.)
  • 5:00 p.m. –  Line up for Arching Ceremony (locations listed below)
  • 5:30 p.m. – Arching Ceremony
  • 5:45-7:30 p.m. –  Celebration at Sunset School Receptions (locations listed below)

Line Up and Celebration at Sunset School Reception Locations by School

Masters Programs
Line up: Eaves of C-Wing in front of Public Safety
Reception: Please your join the associated school

Anisfield School of Business
Line up: Eaves of B-Wing
Reception: Trustees Pavilion

School of Contemporary Arts
Line up: Eaves of A-Wing
Reception: Friends Hall, Student Center 219

Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies
Line up: Eaves of D-Wing
Reception: Alumni Lounges, Student Center 156-158

School of Social Science and Human Services
Line up: Eaves of E-Wing
Reception: Bradley Center, Spectator Lobby

School of Theoretical and Applied Science
Line up: Begin at E-Wing door and curve toward Adler Center
Reception: Bradley Center, Auxiliary Gym

Line up: Gather near Public Safety at C-Wing overhang


By Invitation Only

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Berrie Center, Sharp Theater.  A post-event reception will be held immediately following in the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence.

The Academic Achievement Ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Berrie Center, Sharp Theater.