Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We are still planning on identifying a time when we can safely bring graduates back to campus to celebrate your graduation. We will communicate to the Class of 2020 graduates as decisions are made and plans are finalized.

Yes. The Virtual Recognition Ceremonies are archived and available for those graduates and families who were unable to watch the ceremony at the advertised time.

Yes. Closed captioning is available on all Virtual Recognition Ceremonies.

Yes, GradSlides are available for viewing and download here.

The GradSlides recognized and honored each graduate with the student's name and degree (a photo and quote, if submitted). Information appearing on the graduate's slide was based on how much information was provided to GradImages.  GradImages contacted all graduates via their St. John's email accounts with a link to submit information. If a graduate did not submit a photo or message, their name and degree still appeared on a GradSlide.

Note: The names listed in the GradSlides were not an official listing of degree recipients. Only those students who completed all degree requirements by May 18, 2020, appeared in the GradSlides.

Updates will be communicated to graduates via their St. John's e-mail accounts, personal e-mail accounts (if updated on UIS, and the Commencement website as soon as new information is available and finalized. Please be sure to check emails and the website regularly for updated information.

Be sure to log in to UIS via to update contact information including home address, e-mail address and cell number.

Yes. Students who have not ordered attire or have returned attire, will be able to purchase or repurchase attire once details are finalized for an in-person ceremony.

For more information regarding honor cords and stoles and how to receive them, students should contact the honor society's administrator or dean's office.

For more information on how to order your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected].

Yes. Commemorative Books of graduate names are available from the Commencement website here.

Yes. Printed Commemorative Books with graduate names were mailed to students together with the diplomas by the dean's offices starting on Monday, July 20, 2020. If you did not receive your book, please contact your dean's office.

For more information regarding the Queens yearbook, please contact Jack Flynn at [email protected].

If you have questions regarding Commencement planning, please contact the Office of University Events via e-mail at [email protected].

If you have questions regarding academic requirements, please contact the dean's offices.

The University is still exploring options for an in-person commencement ceremony. More information will be made available via e-mail and on the Commencement website once details are finalized.

Once final plans have been determined, eligible students will receive registration information via student's St. John's University e-mail address, students' personal e-mails (if updated on UIS, and the Commencement website.

Fortunately, for most students and programs, changes to the Commencement ceremony will not affect visa status because the awarding of degrees will not be affected. For any specific questions, please contact the International Student & Scholar Services Office at [email protected].