• Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

    Everything You Need to Know About Commencement and Graduation.

    Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the commencement ceremony, graduation requirements, procedures, deadlines and other details for the Class of 2020.

    Graduation Eligibility

    A. Graduation is the Registrar’s official confirmation that you have met all the degree requirements. Commencement is the ceremony hosted by LaGuardia Community College that celebrates students’ graduation.

    The Class of 2020 is invited to participate in next year's ceremony (June 2021 Commencement exercises) RSVP information will be communicated later this summer.

    A. We will notify you by mail when the Registrar’s evaluation of your record is complete and you have met all your degree requirements.

    A. Most students are close to graduation when they reach 60 credits. You can check your progress online by using Student Advisement Degree Audit, My LaGuardia or by seeing an advisor on your Advising Team.

    A. Apply for graduation by registering for “Intent to Graduate” (course code GRD000) once you have registered for your last course during your last semester of attendance. Registering for graduation is required to trigger the Registrar’s evaluation of your record. Without this official evaluation you cannot graduate

    NOTE: You need to apply for graduation even if you do not participate in the 2020 virtual celebration or attend the 2021 Commencement exercises. However, the deadline to register for “Intent to Graduate” for Spring 2020 has passed. The last day to apply for Fall 2020 graduation is Thursday, October 15.

    A. April 7, 2020 was the last day to apply for Intent to Graduate for Spring 2020. All students who have submitted their Intent to Graduate application before the deadline will be able to participate in the virtual Class of 2020 Celebration.

    A. Once you apply for graduation, the Registrar will evaluate your record, determine whether you have met your degree requirements and confirm that you have graduated. If you have unmet requirements, you will receive an email explaining how to resolve them. If you don’t meet these requirements by the end of the semester in which you applied for graduation, you need to re-apply for graduation and be re-evaluated the following semester.

    A. Not at this time. The 2020 commencement ceremony is open for Fall 2019 graduates and Spring 2020 potential graduates (filed “Intent to Graduate”) to participate. Note: Students who graduated in Spring 2019 can also participate in the 2020 commencement ceremony, but their names will not be included in the digital program.

    A. Yes, if you applied for Intent to Graduate for Spring 2020 – Session I & II, then you are welcome to participate in the virtual celebration. Because you are a potential graduate, your name will automatically be included in the digital program.

    Virtual Celebration

    A. Traditional commencement ceremonies have been postponed across CUNY for Spring 2020, but that does not change our desire to celebrate your accomplishments and to mark this special occasion. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 1 p.m., we invite you, your family and friends to tune in to a virtual celebration on our website.

    The Class of 2020 is invited to participate in the June 2021 Commencement exercises; RSVP information will be communicated later this summer.

    These changes and circumstances do not change the date of your graduation – diplomas will reflect the proper date that degree requirements were completed.

    A. Visit the LaGuardia commencement page to participate in a virtual celebration of the Class of 2020. You can also share your memories of LaGuardia and at-home celebrations by tagging @LaGuardiaCC and #LAGCCGrad2020.

    A. A graduate’s diploma will arrive on campus approximately 4-6 months after the date of graduation. Graduates will be notified by email of their certificate’s arrival and the hours for pickup once the College re-opens. Fall I diplomas usually arrive in June, Fall II diplomas arrive in August, Spring I diplomas arrive in December and Spring II diplomas arrive in February. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 718-482-5935 for more information.

    Important reminder: College offices are currently closed. Diploma distribution will resume when the College re-opens.

    A. Yes, you may invite your family and friends to view the Class of 2020 Celebration online at laguardia.edu/commencement.

    Graduation Attire and Portraits

    A. If you’d like to order a cap and gown to be shipped to your home, you can order your regalia online through Herff Jones until Friday, July 17. Please note that a cap and gown is not required to participate in the 2020 virtual celebration.

    A. Herff Jones is offering discounts on class rings through Tuesday, June 30. Enter the relevant promo code during checkout:
    • $125 off 10K (Use Code: DD125)
    • $175 off 14K (Use Code: DD175)
    • $225 off 18K (Use Code: DD225)
    • $40 off Ultrium (Use Code: DD40)

    A. Thornton Studio, the portrait studio LaGuardia relies on for graduation portraits, is currently closed. Once they are able to reopen, they will offer a special discount of 20% off portrait purchases to Class of 2020 graduates.

    A. Yes. Herff Jones will be offering diploma plaques that allow you to preserve and display your diploma while retaining your original. After you receive your diploma, call Herff Jones at 845- 354-5027 or email them at sales@fondmemoriesgraphics.com to place your order. Be sure to use code LGCCPJR to get $30 off your order.