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Maintenance of Matriculation and Filing for Graduation

Maintenance of Matriculation

CUNY regulations require students to be registered in the semester in which the degree is awarded. If all coursework was completed before the graduation semester and no courses are being taken, students must register for maintenance of matriculation. Current fees for maintenance of matriculation are $150 for New York State residents and $250 for out-of-state students; this fee structure may be changed by CUNY. Registration for maintenance of matriculation is not required for any semester other than the semester before the graduation date, and the fee may not be waived. Students may also fulfill the requirement to be registered by enrolling in undergraduate or extra graduate courses. Payment of the fee allows students to use Queens College facilities as a regularly registered student (library, laboratories, etc.).

Filing for Graduation

The procedure for receiving a degree or certificate must be initiated by the student, who declares his or her candidacy by filing a Graduation Application with the Office of the Registrar in accordance with the following deadlines:

  • For graduation in February: on or before November 1.
  • For graduation in May: on or before March 1.
  • For graduation in September: on or before July 1.

Graduation Applications may be obtained at the Office of the Registrar, Jefferson Hall, 1st floor. Candidates are encouraged to file Graduation Applications at the time they register for their last semester. A Graduation Application should be filed only if the student is reasonably certain that all degree requirements will be satisfied by the end of the semester preceding the graduation date; this can be done in consultation with his or her program advisor. If the student does not graduate, a new Graduation Application must be filed in a subsequent semester. Students who submit a Graduation Application after the deadline will be asked to refile for a future semester.


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