The process of graduating is not automatic; undergraduate students must file a formal request to gradute.
To file for graduation, log in to your CUNYfirst
account to file online
. Once you file for graduation, you are automatically stopped from registering for the semester following your intended graduation term. If you realize that you will not be able to graduate as planned, you must come to the Office of the Registrar and cancel your graduation application. We will activate your file to allow you to register for the subsequent semester. Degrees are conferred four times a year: January (fall), February (winter), May/June (spring), and September (summer). “Conferral” means that the Office of the Registrar posts a notation of the award of a degree in the student’s academic record. For most purposes, the terms “graduation” and “conferral of degree” are synonymous. “Commencement” is another matter. It refers to the ceremony, which is held only once
a year at the end of the spring semester. For additional information regarding commencement please click here
All undergraduate students must be term activated in the semester in which they intend to graduate.
If you are an inactive student and have already fulfilled the requirements for graduation, please go to the Undergraduate Admissions Office
and file a reentry form for graduation purposes only. You will not have to register for courses. We advise you to first see an advisor to make sure you have completed your graduation requirements.
must be enrolled or maintain matriculation for the semester in which they intend to graduate. Graduate students who are not enrolled in classes and have completed their coursework must file for reentry in the Graduate Admissions Office (lobby of Jefferson Hall), and file a Maintenance of Matriculation Form
for the semester when they intend to graduate in the One Stop Service
Center (Dining Hall, Room 128).
The fees for maintenance of matriculation are as follows:
- $210* for New York State residents
- $345* for out-of-state students
According to CUNY regulations, the Maintenance of Matriculation fee is nonrefundable and cannot be waived.
All requirements must be met by the date the degree is conferred.
All requirements and supporting documentation must be met and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the date the degree is conferred. This includes:
Resolution of incomplete/temporary grades (INC, Z, PEN)
Submission and approval of thesis, capstone projects, research papers and comprehensive examinations
Non-Cuny Permits (transcripts from the institution the courses were taken should be requested and forwarded to the Office of the Registrar)
Resolution of appeals to the Undergraduate Scholastic Standards Committee or Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee
Waivers, exemptions, and course substitutions
Before graduation, credits will be deducted for unauthorized repeats.
If the maximum credit limit (16) for grade replacement has been reached (Grade Replacement Policy—see the Undergraduate Bulletin for details), additional repeats are not permitted. Graduate students have a maximum credit limit of four (4) credits that can be applied to the Grade Replacement Policy (see the Graduate Bulletin for details).
Student records are closed at graduation.
No grade changes may be made to a student’s academic record after the degree has been awarded. Contact the Graduation Audit Unit in the Office of the Registrar if you wish to delay your graduation to a subsequent semester.
Name on the Diploma
Names of graduates will appear on the diplomas as they appear on academic records. To change your first name or surname you must fill out a Name Change form, bring original supporting documentation, and submit it to the One Stop Service Center (Dining Hall, Room 128).
Financial obligations to the college should be cleared before graduation. Nonpayment of fees will result in the withholding of transcripts, diplomas and certifications.
Cancellation of Graduation
Students who cancel their graduation application or whose applications are canceled by the Graduation Audit Unit must reapply
to be considered for graduation in a subsequent semester.