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General Information


  • Students who have been deemed eligible to participate in Commencement by their respective dean’s office may register to attend Commencement. Students who are unsure whether they have fulfilled all academic requirements should contact their dean’s office immediately.
  • Graduates must register and order academic attire in order to attend and participate in the ceremony.

Academic Attire

  • Wearing academic attire (cap, gown and hood) is both a tradition and requirement to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. The graduate's academic attire will serve to admit him or her to the assembly location and ceremony.
  • All graduates must order academic attire. Academic attire is ordered when you register for Commencement on the University Information System (UIS).  Academic attire is picked up at Academic Attire Distribution.
  • There is no charge for academic attire and students may keep their attire as a souvenir gift from St. John’s University.
  • For attire under your gown, dress with an eye to comfort.
  • It is strongly recommended that you not bring personal belongings to the ceremony. 

Ceremony Photography and Video

  • There will be professional photographers from Grad Images taking photographs of the graduates.
  • The ceremony will be captured on video and a DVD will be made available to graduates after the ceremony.
  • Guests will not be able to approach the stage area or graduate seating area prior to the start of the ceremony or for the duration of the ceremony for any reason, including photography and videotaping.

Duration of Ceremony

  • The ceremony is expected to last 2 hours. Graduates and guests are asked to please show respect for all of their fellow classmates and remain until the end of the ceremony.

Inclement Weather Plan

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International Students Requesting Invitation to Commencement

  • Students must complete a letter request form through the Registrar’s Office.

Lost and Found

The Office of Public Safety will collect and hold any items that are lost or found. If you need to report or find a lost item, please see a Public Safety Officer.

Public Safety

Please only bring necessary items with you on the day of Commencement.  Please review the list below for items that are NOT allowed at the ceremony:

  • Backpacks
  • No handbags or tote bags bigger then 10"x10"x10"
  • Sealed packages of any kind
  • Bottles or cans (glass or metal)
  • Aerosol cans or noisemaking devices
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals (unless a service animal)
  • Flags, banners, or signs
  • Any materials constituting unauthorized advertising or promotion
  • Laser pointing devices
  • Balloons
  • Strollers
  • Weapons
  • Umbrellas for outdoor ceremony

Rules of Conduct

  • The Dean of Student Affairs advises graduates that the University will not hesitate to take serious disciplinary actions against students for alcohol abuse and destruction of property or other violations of University policy during graduation activities or the Commencement Ceremony.

Ticket Information

  • All guests are required to present a ticket to attend the Commencement Ceremonies.  Children under the age of two do not require a ticket; however, they must sit on an adult's lap.
  • Seating for guests is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We recommend that family and guests arrive early and are seated on the lawn by the 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
  • Seats cannot be saved by any means other than someone sitting in the seat.
  • Each graduate participating in their ceremony will receive five (5) tickets.
  • Tickets are only available for pick up during Academic Attire Distribution. 
  • Lost or stolen tickets should be reported to the Office of Public Safety.  Tickets that have been reported as lost or stolen, will be voided and guests with voided tickets will not be permitted to enter the ceremony. 
  • The selling or buying of Commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Please be cautious of offers to sell or buy Commencement tickets. Tickets hold no official resale value and may be an unauthorized copy, therefore deemed unusable and denied on Commencement day. Commencement tickets are solely for the purpose of allowing the relatives and friends of graduating students to attend the ceremony.
  • Tickets are also required for the Baccalaureate Mass and Family Grad Dinner.
  • To enter a simulcast location guests must show their Commencement Tickets.  View a list of locations here

Web Viewing

  • The Commencement Ceremony will be viewable live online at


  • You may order your 2016 Yearbook at Academic Attire Distribution
  • Yearbooks will be mailed to students mid summer
  • For more information regarding the Yearbook, please contact Carl J. Carrie, Student Affairs, at

Senior Portraits

  • For more information regarding Senior Portraits, please contact Jodi Cox, Student Affairs, at 718-990-1364.

For the most up to date information regarding changes to the Commencement Ceremony, please visit Graduates will receive a text message on the University’s text messaging system if there is a change in the ceremony.  If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the text messaging service via the University Information System.