• 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 2016.


    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.


    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 AuditMy LaGuardia, 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. You may also apply by submitting a graduation application to the Registrar in Room C107. Your application 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 attend commencement


    A.   April 29 is the last day to apply for Intent to Graduate for Spring 2016 graduation. All students who have submitted their Intent to Graduate application before the deadline will be able to participate in commencement.


    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 2016 commencement ceremony is open for Fall 2015 graduates and Spring 2016 potential graduates (filed “Intent to Graduate”) to participate. Note: Students who graduated in Spring 2015 can also participate in the 2016 commencement ceremony, but their names will not be included in the program booklet. 
     

    A. Yes, if you applied for Intent to Graduate for the Spring 2016 - Session I & II you are welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony. Because you are a potential graduate, your name will automatically be included in the program. Please be sure to purchase a cap and gown in order to participate.
    See the " Student Info" page for cap & gown pick up dates.


    Commencement Ceremony



    A. The Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony takes place on Monday, June 13, 2016, At Queens College, located 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11367, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


     A. Due to a policy change in the academic calendars for the City University of New York’s (CUNY) community colleges, the annual commencement ceremony will take place in June instead of September.


     A. Graduates should report to their assigned assembly area by 8:00 a.m. The Graduate Processional will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

    Important note
    -Please pick be sure to pick up your cap and gown by June 06. Gowns will not be transported to Queens College or be available for sale on the day of the ceremony. You will not be allowed to participate without proper academic attire.



     A.  You will be assigned to an Assembly area when you pick up your cap and gown (See Academic Attire).  This is the gathering area where you prepare for the ceremony and line up to march into the Quadrangle.  There are only two reporting areas (assembly areas) for graduates:

    • Group A Last name A-L, will assemble outside of the Student Union building
    • Group B Last name M-Z, will assemble outside Kiely Hall, north side (facing Klapper Circle and playground.)  See QC map.

    Graduates should report to their assigned assembly area by 8:00 a.m.  The Graduate Processional will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.                                                                   



     A. Your family and guests should plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. and immediately take their seats in the "Quad". Get directions to Queens College.                                                 


    A. Yes, there will be a rehearsal for the ceremony. See Dress Rehearsal.


     A. We will notify you by mail when your diploma is ready to be picked up from the Registrar’s Office in Room C107. This usually takes several months. 


     A. Besides objects that might cause harm to others attending the ceremony, balloons and items that will obstruct the view of other guests are not allowed. All bags will be subject to search. Cameras of all sorts are permitted. 


     A. Not at this time. The 2016 commencement ceremony is open for Fall 2015 graduates and Spring 2016 potential graduates (filed “Intent to Graduate”) to participate. Note: Students who graduated in Spring 2015 can also participate in the 2016 commencement ceremony, but their names will not be included in the program booklet.


      Yes, all participants will walk across the stage, announce their names and major, and will receive a diploma cover. 

    Your name will appear in the commencement program if you graduated in Fall I or Fall II 2015.  If you applied for “Intent to Graduate” in Spring I or Spring II 2016, your name will automatically be included in the program because you are a potential graduate.  Please be sure to purchase a cap and gown in order to participate.  See the Student Info page for cap & gown pick up dates. 

    In addition, you will not receive your diploma at the ceremony; you will be notified when it is ready for pick-up approximately six months after graduation.  

    Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information on receiving your diploma by visiting Room C107 or calling (718) 482-5935.


    Tickets



    A. Admission tickets for your guest are not required. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Arrive early for best seating.                        

    Please click here to RSVP                               


    Graduation Attire and Activities



     A. Yes, the cap and gown is $35.00 and can be purchased in-person or online. Visit the Student Info page for more info. You must wear a cap and gown in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.     

    Important note - Please pick be sure to pick up your cap and gown by June 06. Gowns will not be transported to Queens College or be available for sale on the day of the ceremony.


     A.  You may purchase and get measured for you cap and gown on the same day. See details on the Student Info page for cap and gown pick up dates. The colors of the graduation attire are black for the cap and gown; and red and white for the hood and tassel.    

    Important note - Please pick be sure to pick up your cap and gown by June 06. Gowns will not be transported to Queens College or be available for sale on the day of the ceremony.


     A. Before graduating, the tassel should be on your right. After graduating, move it to your left. 


     A. You can order your gold-colored honor stole, cords and medallions through the PTK website at:  store.ptk.org    


     A. Visit the Student Info page for the graduation portrait schedule.  


     A. The photographers will only have the cap and gown for you to wear during the shoot. You may bring your honors regalia and other props.

    Portrait Tips: Remember to groom facial hair and nails and avoid extreme exposure to the sun. Avoid experimenting with new hairstyles and instead wear your hair in a way you already know and like. Iron your clothing and opt for solid colors, which will show better in your portraits.    


     A. Please visit the Office of Campus Life in Room M115 to arrange for pick up on another day. You may be able to pick up tickets and purchase a cap and gown the day of the ceremony, but supplies are limited and distributed on a first come, first serve basis.   


     A. Visit  Herff Jones for more info on cap and gown etiquette.  


    Program


     A. Yes, you will be asked to walk across the stage, announce your name and major, and you will receive a diploma cover.

    You will not receive your diploma at the ceremony; it will be ready approximately six months after graduation. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information on picking up your diploma in Room C107 or call (718) 482-5935.  


     A. No, the commencement ceremony will not be televised, but pictures from the ceremony can be found on the home page of the College’s website, www.laguardia.edu and the College's social media pages --  Facebook/ Twitter: LaGuardiaCC, #LAGCCGrad16 


     A. For more information regarding your graduation status, please visit the Registrar’s Office in Room C107 or call (718) 482-5935. 

    For more information regarding the commencement ceremony, please visit the Office of Campus Life in Room M115, call (718) 482-5190 or email campuslife@lagcc.cuny.edu


    Parking



     A. For maps and parking info, see the Directions page.