FAQs

Will the graduate names be called?

  • As an institution we understand the importance of calling the names of each of our graduates and inviting each of the graduates to greet his or her dean on stage so that  the dean may offer congratulations on behalf of the University.  The names of our graduates will be read and graduates will be invited to greet his or her dean on stage unless severe weather necessitates that we amend the ceremony.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

Are there special arrangements for wheelchair-bound and/or hearing-impaired graduates, family and guests?

Will the Queens Commencement Exercises be simulcast if guests are unable to sit outside?

When do I receive my diploma?

What time should my guests arrive?

  • All guests should arrive and be seated no later than 8:45 a.m

Where will students be seated?

How long is the Commencement Ceremony?

  • Great care has been taken to be sure that the ceremony is completed as quickly and smoothly as possible. We anticipate the ceremony will run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Graduates and guests are please asked to show respect for all of their fellow classmates and stay until the student recession as been completed.

Are restrooms readily available at the ceremony?

  • All University buildings are equipped with public restrooms, which will be available throughout the weekend.
  • Please locate a University Host or Public Safety Officer for assistance.

What do I do when I arrive at the ceremony?

  • Graduating students are asked to go directly to their assigned assembly and line up locations no later than 8 a.m.  Click here for assembly locations and instructions for Commencement day. 

What should I wear?

  • All graduating students need to order and wear academic attire at the Commencement Ceremony.  Click here to order. Under your academic attire, it is suggested that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing.

Do I need tickets for my guests?

  • Yes, all guests will require a ticket to enter the ceremony and simulcast locations. Click here for ticket information.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

  • The Queens Commencement Exercise will be held on the Great Lawn rain or shine.  Click here for inclement weather information. 

Will parking be available?

What if I'm not attending the Commencement Exercises?

  • Students who are not attending the Commencement Ceremony should contact their school or college dean's office. Please note that you must still order your diploma online.

How can I arrange for my senior portrait and yearbook photo to be taken?

  • Schedule your appointment starting on February 24 at ouryear.com, entering school code 87128 or by calling 1-800-OUR-YEAR during normal business hours.
  • For more information regarding Senior Portraits, please contact Jodi Cox, Student Affairs at (718) 990-1364.
  • For more information regarding the Yearbook, please contact Daniel Trujillo, Student Affairs at (718) 990-6774.

How do I order keepsake items?

  • Full details on Commencement keepsake items are available here.

*The above information only pertains to the Queens Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015.