Commencement Event Schedule
|Times of Events
||Parking lots open
||Graduates must line up in their assembly areas
||Webcast link activated (See QC Home Page)
||Family and guests need to be seated in the Quad
||Commencement Ceremony begins
|Commencement Ceremony ends
|Divisional/departmental events begin
Honor a graduate in a wonderful and historic way! Click here for information.
A campus map and a listing of department events that follow the Commencement Ceremony will be in the back of the your program. The listing of events is also on this website; click here.
Grads are encouraged to print maps and share with guests before coming to Commencement.
Diplomas are not distributed at the Commencement Ceremony. They are mailed to graduates by the Registrar's Office approximately 12 to 15 weeks after completion and verification of all requirements. Graduates should keep their mailing address current with the Registrar's Office.
Graduates report to their assembly areas by 8 am.
Graduate Seating on Quad
Graduates will be seated in four areas in the front of the Quad, one for each division: Arts & Humanities, Education, Math & Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Lost & Found
Security Office at Kissena Boulevard gate.
Volunteer faculty and staff members (in gowns and carrying ceremonial batons) should be able to answer your questions. Student ambassadors (in red gowns) will also be happy to help you.
Our Commencement attracts more than 10,000 people. Please choose a place to meet graduates after the ceremony.
Note: Please stay in guest seating area for the platform party recessional. There is no graduate recessional.
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.
All lots will open at 7 am for public parking on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lots available to public: 15S, 15N, 14, 5, and 6.
- 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.
- Kissena Boulevard Main Gate will be closed to general traffic.
- If you park on the street, be sure to observe parking regulations.
Guests may pick up program booklets at various locations on the Quad. Graduates receive programs at lineup. Baccalaureate and Commencement programs will be available at Kiely 143 or Alumni Hall for many days after Commencement.
A large, relatively flat, and partially shaded grassy plain in the center of the campus. The back rows are 500 feet from the stage. You might wish to bring binoculars, sunscreen, visors, sun hats, and water. The Quad can become quite warm; dress accordingly and bring a hand-held fan for personal comfort. Some guest seats are in the shade.
Vendors will be available at the usual locations on campus as well as additional locations near the Quad.
Seating on Quad
There will be thousands of seats on the Quad, available on a first-come, first-served basis--no tickets required. Guests should be seated by 8:35 am at the latest. Many guests arrive as early as 7 to 7:30 am.
Comfortable shoes are strongly suggested for walking on the Quad grass and through campus.
Vendors will be available under tents near the Quad.
The only events that requires tickets will be the Education Division Ceremony, the Linguistics and Communications Disorders Ceremony and the Psychology Department ceremonies which will take place approximately 30 minutes after the main ceremony on the Quad. If you are in one of these departments, please contact your department for tickets. Click here for information. Colden Auditorium doors will open at 11 am for guests who choose not to attend the Quad ceremony.
The use of personal video equipment is allowed to the extent that it does not obstruct the view of other guests. Please be considerate and aware of others in the audience. Aisles and stage areas must be kept clear.
Commencement is held rain or shine. The college switchboard is 718-997-5000.
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.
Wheelchairs and strollers may not be placed in the aisles. Please ask a marshal or security representative to remove a chair to make a space not in the aisle.
The Queens College Silhouette Yearbook (published continuously since the first graduating class in 1941) makes an excellent graduation gift. Graduates receive yearbook information from the Student Life Office in the Student Union Building or online at www.jostensyearbooks.com. The yearbook costs $75.