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About Commencement 2021

Ceremonies celebrating both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 of Fairleigh Dickinson University were held on May 18 and May 19 at MetLife Stadium.

Commencement Videos

Find your ceremony below and click the blue button to access the full-length video.

Tuesday, May 18, 10 AM

View May 18 10 AM video

All 2021 Graduate Students (Master’s and Doctoral Degrees)

Tuesday, May 18, 2 PM

View May 18 2 PM video

2021 Undergraduates from the following:

  • Silberman College of Business
  • Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering
  • International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management
  • School of Psychology and Counseling
Wednesday, May 19, 10 AM

View May 19 10 AM video

2021 Undergraduates from the following:

  • Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences
  • Peter Sammartino School of Education
Wednesday, May 19, 2 PM

View May 19 2 PM video

Class of 2020

Class of 2021 Grad Greetings

Many of our graduates took a few minutes to record a heartfelt message to those who supported them through their academic journey. Click above to view the messages.

Congratulations from U.S. Senator Cory Booker

Check out a special message to the Fairleigh Dickinson Class of 2021 from U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who holds an honorary doctorate from FDU.

Class Gift

Each year graduating students give to the Class Gift Campaign to make a difference in the lives of fellow students who will continue to study and pursue their degrees at FDU. You can choose from three different areas to support on the Metropolitan or Florham campuses with your class gift. Make a gift in the amount of your year of graduation and receive a philanthropy cord to wear at Commencement, or as a reminder of the legacy you are leaving behind at your alma mater.

Commencement Photos

FDU had GradImages taking pictures as the students walked across the stage. GradImages will be in contact with the graduates who wish to purchase the pictures taken at Commencement.

Rings and Diploma Frames

Graduates can commemorate their achievements with customized FDU class rings and diploma frames. The following discounts are available: $300 off 10 Karat Gold, $400 off 14 Karat Gold, or $500 off 18 Karat Gold. Also, please use the promo code SHP21 for free shipping on diploma frames.

Ceremony Programs

Click below to download the official program celebrating both the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Class of 2021 Program (PDF) 

Class of 2020 Program (PDF)

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an effort to be more sustainable, we will not be printing programs this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Black and white photo of Richard Baratta2021 Commencement Speaker

Renowned Hollywood executive producer Richard Baratta will deliver the Commencement address for all four ceremonies and receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. Baratta has worked on some of the highest-grossing films in recent years, including “Joker” (2019), which was one of the highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time and one of the top 10 highest-grossing films in 2019. He was also an executive producer on Martin Scorsese’s recent film, “The Irishman,” and he co-produced “Wolf of Wall Street” andAcross the Universe” and has worked on five Spider-Man movies, as well as “Big” andWorking Girl,” to name just a few of his many credits.

Baratta first visited FDU’s Florham Campus in 2019 while serving as an adviser for Aaron Sorkin’s Academy Award-nominated film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which was partially filmed on campus. A talented musician as well, Baratta is now focusing heavily on his musical career.

View Baratta’s full list of credits on IMDB and an introductory video.

Richard Baratta with Martin Scorsese

Baratta worked with Martin Scorsese as on “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Baratta on the Wolf of Wall Street boat

Baratta on the set of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Barratta and Jack Nicholson

Baratta worked as a production assistant on “Heartburn” featuring Jack Nicholson.

Baratta with Joe Pesci

Baratta with Joe Pesci during the filming of “The Irishman.”