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Details of the Commencement Ceremony

Queens College Commencement Day is a wonderful and memorable occasion. It begins at 9 am with the college-wide ceremony (about 2 hours) on the Quad, the grassy plain in the center of the campus. This is followed by many divisional and departmental ceremonies. The day ends with many--but not all--departments holding receptions and parties. For specific information, please contact your department.

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


The graduate procession includes four lines of marchers. Master's recipients will be assigned to their appropriate line and march at the head of their Division's group. Bachelor's recipients must choose the division with which they wish to march. (Most choose to march with their majors.) Please be sure to fill out the online RSVP Form; a link will be found on our site.


Each group of degree candidates will be asked to stand. One previously designated representative of each group will proceed to the stage to be hooded. In the interests of time, other graduates do not go to the platform--the ceremony would last for hours. After the group representative is hooded, the group is asked to be seated. After the hoodings, all graduates will be asked to stand as the president confers all degrees.

Note: Many graduates will have the opportunity to walk on stage at the events immediately following Commencement.


Graduates receive programs in assembly areas when they line up at 8 am for the procession. Guests obtain programs from tents on the Quad.


Very limited! Public transportation, carpooling, being dropped-off, and an early start are highly recommended. Dispatchers will be at the college to expedite bus departures after Commencement.

Lots available to public: 15S, 15N, 14, 5, and 6.

All lots will open at 7 am for public parking on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Lots 15 North and 15 South must be approached from the direction of Main Street.
    (If you are on the expressway, use LIE Exit 24.)
    You cannot approach from Kissena Boulevard due to one-way streets.
  • For campus lots 5 and 14, use Gate 3 on Reeves Avenue.
  • Gate 2 on Melbourne Avenue will be open until parking fields are full.

Important Notes

  • Kissena Boulevard Main Gate will be closed to general traffic.
  • If you park on the street, be sure to observe parking regulations.
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If you or your guests require assistance with wheelchair access, please contact Security (Jefferson Hall, Room 201, 718-997-4443) after May 11. Sorry, we cannot provide wheelchairs. If help is needed for people who are hearing or visually impaired, please notify the Events Office in early May.


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