• Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

    Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the commencement ceremony, graduation requirements, procedures, deadlines and other details for the Class of 2023. Be sure to check your email regularly for updates.

    Graduation Eligibility

    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 graduation.

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

    Most students are close to graduation when they reach 60 credits. You can check your progress online by using DegreeWorks, or speaking with an advisor.

    You need to apply for graduation even if you do not participate in the 2023 ceremony.

    All students who have registered for Intent to Graduate before the deadline (April 27, 2023) will have their names listed in the printed Commencement program.

    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 not met all 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.

    No; the 2023 commencement ceremony is graduates of the 2022-2023 academic year which includes Fall 2022 graduates and Spring 2023 potential graduates (“Intent to Graduate”) to participate.

    Yes, if you applied for Intent to Graduate for Spring 2023 – Session I & II, then you are welcome to participate in the ceremony.

    Fall 2022 graduates: an asterisk (*) or a double asterisk (**) will appear next to your name in the commencement program booklet, indicating those that have graduated “with honors” or “with high honors.” In addition, honors designations will be noted on your diploma.

    Spring 2023 graduates: after records have been evaluated by the Office of the Registrar honors designations will be noted on your diploma.

    Honors Stole, Cords and Tassels:
    If you are a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, you can purchase a stole, tassel or cord. Order online via the Phi Theta Kappa website at ptk.org.


    Yes. We are hosting a commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2023.

    Please continue to check your email and the website for updates. Note that a cap and gown are required to participate in the 2023 ceremony.

    Yes, there will be live sign language interpreters during the ceremony.

    Yes. If you filed Intent to Graduate by the deadline, your name will be listed in the printed Commencement program.

    Watch for messages from Parchment. LaGuardia has partnered with Parchment to deliver both a digital and hard copy diploma in a safe and secure manner. You will receive an email and text message (if applicable) from Parchment with a link to view, download and share your digital diploma.

    A hard copy of your diploma will also be mailed to the home address you have on file. Make sure we have your correct address and name:

    To verify your home address, go to the CUNYfirst Student Center click “Profile,” then “Addresses.” Check that your home address is listed correctly; if not, click on it and make updates.

    Your name is listed in your Profile in the CUNYfirst Student Center. Click on “Personal Details” to verify that your name is listed correctly. If you need to change your name, please complete the Personal Data Change Request form and submit it to the Registrar at registar@lagcc.cuny.edu.

    Session I graduates can expect an email update about their diplomas as soon as six weeks after Commencement; Session II graduates can expect an email update no earlier than 12 weeks after Commencement.

    For questions about diploma delivery, please contact Parchment at congratulations@parchment.com.

    Information printed on diplomas:
    • The name of the College and CUNY
    • Your name as it appears in CUNYfirst
    • Your earned credential (e.g., Associate in Art, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Certificate)

    Graduation Attire and Portraits

    Academic regalia is required to participate in the Commencement Exercises. Please visit the Herff Jones website to place your order. Orders may be placed for on-campus pick up in early June or can be shipped to your residence. The last day to place your order is April 29, 2023.

    Class rings are available through the Herff Jones website. The following discounts are available
    • $300 OFF 10K Use Code: HJDD$300
    • $400 OFF 14K Use Code: HJDD$400
    • $500 OFF 18K Use Code: HJDD$500
    • $125 OFF WHITE ULTRIUM Use Code: HJDD$125

    Information about portraits is coming soon.