General Information

The Staten Island Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn, rain or shine. 


  • 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.
  • All graduates should plan to attend the ceremony.
  • Guests and graduates are expected to remain at the ceremony until the conclusion and the recessional.  

Academic Attire

  • Wearing academic attire (cap, gown and hood) is both traditional and required for participation in the Commencement Ceremony. The graduate's academic attire will serve to admit him/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 day.
  • 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 and the weather. Low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the Great Lawn and the stage stairs. Sunglasses and hats could also prove useful.  It is strongly recommended not to bring personal belongings to the ceremony.  Umbrellas will not be permitted on stage.

Ceremony Photography and Video

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

Duration of Ceremony

  • Great care has been taken to ensure the ceremony is completed as quickly and as smoothly as possible. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 1 ½ hours. Graduates and guests are asked to show respect for all of their fellow classmates and are expected to remain until the end of the ceremony.

Lost and Found

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

Rules of Conduct

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

Ticket and Seating Information

  • All guests are required to present a ticket to attend the Commencement ceremony. 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. As the ceremony is heavily attended, we recommend that family members arrive early and be seated on the lawn by 8:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.
  • Seats cannot be saved by any means other than someone sitting in the seat.
  • Each graduate participating in the Staten Island Commencement ceremony will receive five (5) tickets.
  • Tickets are only available for pick up only during Academic Attire Distribution.  
  • Lost or stolen tickets must 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.  You must provide a copy of a Public Safety report in order to have tickets reissued.  
  • Tickets are also required for the Baccalaureate Mass and Family Dessert Reception. Click here for more information.
  • To enter the simulcast location (DaSilva Academic Center), guests must show their general admission tickets. 

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Yearbooks and Senior Portraits

  • Undergraduate students will receive a copy of the Yearbook at the same time they pick up their diplomas from the dean’s offices.
  • For more information regarding Yearbooks, please contact Audra Howley 718-390-4443.
  • For more information regarding Senior Portraits, please contact Denise Forgione at 718-390-4444.