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Commencement Ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for graduation?

Filing deadlines for students to submit their graduation application online through CUNYFirst for the 2014 - 2015 period are as follows:

Semester Deadline Date Degree Conferral Date
Fall November 1 February 1
Spring March 1 May 30
Summer July 1* September 1


*Students applying for summer graduation must file a graduation application by April 1 to have their name included in the Commencement Program Booklet. The Commencement Ceremony is held only once a year—at the end of the SPRING semester. If you do NOT file by April 1, you can still take part in the ceremony; however, your name will appear in next year's program.

The term Commencement refers to the ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015.



How do I RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony?

Candidates who submitted their graduation application online through CUNYfirst will be receiving a postcard containing instructions on how to RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony and related information. An RSVP link is available here

When does the ceremony begin, how long does it last, and where is it held?

The ceremony begins at 9 am, is roughly 2 hours long, and is held on the College Quad rain or shine.

Times of Events
7 am Parking lots open
8 am Graduates must line up in their assembly areas
8:30 am Webcast link activated (See QC Home Page)
8:35 am Family and guests need to be seated in the Quad
8:55 am Greetings
9 am Commencement Ceremony begins
11 am
Commencement Ceremony ends
11:30 am
Divisional/departmental events begin


When should graduates arrive?

8 am


Where do graduates report on Commencement Day?

There are only two reporting areas (assembly areas):

  • Department of Social Sciences will assemble outside of the Student Union
  • Arts & Humanities, Education, and Math & Natural Sciences assemble outside Kiely Hall, north side (facing Klapper Circle and playground)


Where do I get my cap and gown?

Preordered caps and gowns, as well as general sale of cap and gowns, will be available for pick-up and payment at the QC Bookstore in the Student Union starting May 12. Regalia will be available for sale through commencement day.

Important Notes:

  • If you have a black cap and gown, you do not have to purchase another set.
  • Bachelor's gowns are NOT the same as master's gowns.
  • Cap tassels are worn on the right front side of the cap, and are switched to left at conferral of degrees.
  • Caps tend to slip. Hair pins will help.
  • Ensure the bookstore will carry the correct master's/doctorate hood.
  • Bachelor:  outfit includes black cap, tassel and bachelor's gown.
  • Master: outfit includes black cap, tassel, master's gown and appropriately colored hood. (Bookstore knows color.)

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact bookstore staff at 718-997-3573 or email them at The bookstore's website is

Do I need tickets for Commencement or any of the departmental ceremonies?

Seating for guests at Commencement and all department ceremonies is on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets are required. There is no limit on the number of guests allowed. The only exceptions are for the ceremonies held by the Division of Education, Psychology Department and Lingustics & Communication Disorders. For more information on obtaining education tickets, please visit the Division of Education Commencement website or contact your department.


Where is my department ceremony?

Click here for locations.


Where do I park?

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available on lot numbers 5, 6, 14, and 15. All lots will be open at 7 am and remain open until filled. Please note that parking is extremely limited and public transportation is recommended.


When do I get my diploma?

The Registrar's Office will mail your diploma approximately 12 to 15 weeks after your date of conferral. Be sure the Registrar's Office has the correct address on file; you may verify your mailing address on CUNYfirst. Undeliverable diplomas will be returned to the Registrar's Office and will be kept on file for a limited time. Please call the Registrar's Office or email them if you do not receive your diploma. 

Graduates who would like to view their unofficial transcript and grades may do so by accessing their CUNYfirst account.


How about the Silhouette yearbook, graduation photos, and class rings?


When will my name be called?

Individual names are called at the departmental ceremonies, when the graduates walk across the stage, but not at the college-wide Commencement Ceremony.


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