To our graduates, we look forward to your participation in the 2022 commencement exercises as a way of sharing this great accomplishment with your fellow students, family, faculty and staff who have supported you on your journey. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, on the Quad at 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Queens, New York.
The ceremony will be approximately three (3) hours. We ask that all graduates and their guests remain until the end of the ceremony.
Below you will find everything you need to know to prepare for the big day. Follow this step-by-step guide to make sure you’re prepared for the big day:
Each graduate can sign up to receive one (1) ticket for themselves and two (2) tickets for guests. To receive your tickets, please come to cap-and-gown distribution on the day your major is assigned to pick up regalia, even if you’re not picking up a cap and gown ( See pickup schedule below.) Please note: Children will need an admission ticket, and strollers are not permitted.
Graduation regalia (in other words, a cap and gown) is required to participate in the ceremony. Here’s how you can order the proper attire. The deadline for online ordering has passed, but extra gowns will be available for purchase during cap-and-gown distribution. See schedule below. After May 31, you can place an order online for keepsake attire for your home celebrations or pictures with standard home shipping costs of $7.95 per order. (Please note that there is no guaranteed delivery date for orders placed after May 31.) Please note:
You can keep your cap and gown as a souvenir.
Pick up your cap and gown from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gym according to the dates below.
Important note: Please be sure to pick up your cap and gown by June 16. Can’t make it on your assigned date? See the protocol below for sending someone in your place to purchase your cap and gown and pick up your tickets.
Graduates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have a CUNY approved exception or exemption, in order to attend. Guests must either be vaccinated or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the ceremony. Graduates: Be prepared to show one of the following:
If you haven’t uploaded proof of vaccination, submit it in CUNYfirst by Tuesday, June 7 – see instructions or visit Room C-111 for help. If you need to request a medical exemption, you can do so via the CUNYfirst Vaccine Verification Form by Sunday, May 22. Guests: In addition to an admission ticket, all guests regardless of age (infants through adults) will need to present either an original CDC vaccination card or NYS Excelsior Pass or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of June 21. Guests over the age of 21 should also be prepared to present an ID (such as a driver’s license).
Everyone is encouraged to bring their original CDC vaccination card in case of any technological issues. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask. If you are vaccinated, masks are encouraged but not required.
Graduates: Please arrive at 7:30 a.m. completely robed in gown, stole and/or hood, cap and tassel at Gate 1 or the Main Gate on Kissena Blvd and report to your assigned Assembly Area.
If you are graduating with honors, remember to bring your honor’s cord. All graduates will will be greeted by College volunteers and staff who will direct you to the proper position for the processional, which will begin sharply at 9:30 a.m. Family and friends may arrive at 8:00 a.m. They can enter Queens College via Gate 1 or the Main Gate on Kissena Blvd. and take a seat in the Quad. ( See student/guest campus map). Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive before the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. Anyone arriving after 9:30 a.m. will have to wait to be seated until after the graduates have marched into the Quad and been seated. All children will need an admission ticket and will sit in a chair. Strollers and carriers are not permitted on campus. Please note that LaGuardia is not responsible for any personal belongings (i.e., bags, rain ponchos and other miscellaneous items). Umbrellas are not permitted.
See vaccination policy above for required documentation. Please note:
Please wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly as you may be standing for an extended period of time prior to the procession. The Quad is a grass courtyard and will likely be wet in the early morning. It is not recommended to wear high-heel shoes. Also, bring a couple of safety pins to secure your hood to your gown and your tassel to your cap.
Graduates will process into the Quad according to your major within the eight academic departments of the College: Business and Technology; Education and Language Acquisition; English; Health Sciences; Humanities; Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science; Natural Sciences; and Social Science. View the student processsional lineup.
Get answers to your questions about commencement. Read more.
Thornton Studio will be taking graduation portraits during cap-and-gown distribution from Monday, June 13 through Thursday, June 16 in the LaGuardia gym. See cap-and-gown distribution dates and information above.
Order through Herff Jones to have your order shipped to your home. View class ring styles and order online.