Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises

Congratulations Class of 2022!

We are excited to recognize all your hard work and accomplishments and look forward to celebrating with you, family, and friends on your graduation day!

Please review the information below and the side bar navigation to prepare for this important day and be mindful of key dates and deadlines.

Be sure to stay up-to-date. Visit the commencement website often, check your St. John's email account and St. John's Connect for updated information.

  1. Review and print out the Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises 2022 Student Information Book.
  2. Confirm your eligibility to graduate in May 2022 with your school/college advisor.
  3. Order your diploma, starting March 7.
    - Log onto University Information System (UIS) via signonstjohns.edu
    - Go to the Student Tab
    - Select Graduation > Application for Diploma
    - Your diploma will not be ordered until you submit an application
    - The last day to order your diploma is Monday, May 16
  4. Register to participate in the Commencement Exercises.
    - An email will be sent to your St. John's email account on March 25
    - You will receive instructions on how to logon to the MarchingOrder Site to register for commencement, claim your GradPass and assign your guest tickets
  5. Purchase your keepsake academic attire through the Herff Jones website. Visit the Academic Attire page here for instructions on how to purchase attire.
  6. Visit the University information System (UIS) to:
    - Review your transcript for accuracy of grade changes, transfer credits, etc.
    - Check your account for holds (parking tickets, general fees, etc), and clear all holds with the Bursar's Office
    - Update your home address and contact information
  7. Do you have family or guests coming from outside the United States? If they need travel documentation, please visit the Registrar's Office to complete a request form.
  8. Pick up your tickets to attend the Baccalaureate Mass from the Queens and Staten Island Campus Ministry Offices.
  9. Celebrate your graduation in style! Visit the Keepsake Items page, and the Digital Swag page.
  10. Use our Virtual Photo Booth, and Graduate Cap and Gown Filters and tag your posts with #SJUGrad.
  11. Send a congratulatory message to fellow graduates on the Celebrate the Class of 2022 page.
  12. Like us @StJohnsNow to receive important graduation information.
  13. Follow us @StjJohnsU.
  14. Register and become part of the St. John's online alumni community here.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Monday, May 16, 2022
Doors open: 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony starts: 6 p.m.
Carnesecca Arena

The School of Education Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Doors open: 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony starts: 6 p.m.
Carnesecca Arena

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Doors open: 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony starts: 6 p.m.
Carnesecca Arena

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Doors open: 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony starts: 6 p.m.
Carnesecca Arena

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Friday, May 20, 2022
Doors open: 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony starts: 6 p.m.
Carnesecca Arena

Baccalaureate Mass ~ Queens Campus
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Doors open: 3 p.m.
Mass begins: 4 p.m.
St. Thomas More Church

Baccalaureate Mass ~ Staten Island Campus
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Doors open: 3 p.m.
Mass begins: 4 p.m.
Upper Level, Student Campus Center

Graduates must register to attend and participate in the Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises. Students who have been deemed eligible to participate by their respective dean's office may register to attend the Commencement Exercises. To confirm your eligibility status, contact your dean's office.

Graduates will receive communications via their St. John's email with instructions on how to register.

  • Registration begins on Friday, March 25 and ends on Monday, April 25.
  • Graduates will submit a pronunciation recording and provide the phonetics of their name which will assist in preparing the recording of their name for use as they cross the stage on commencement day.
  • Following registration, graduates will be able to claim their GradPass and assign their guest tickets. 

Each student will receive a personalized GradPass after completing the registration process on the MarchingOrder Site. An electronic or printed copy of the GradPass must be brought with the graduate on the day of their ceremony. 

  • The GradPass will be checked and scanned as part of the graduate's check-in process in Taffner Field House.
  • As the graduate approaches the stage during the calling of names, their GradPass will be scanned.
  • The GradPass will allow for the pre-recorded name of each graduate to be announced as the graduate walks across the stage. It will also allow for the graduates' name to be displayed on the large viewing screens, as the graduate walks across the stage.
  • After the graduate crosses the stage, they are expected to return to their seats for the remainder of the ceremony and to recess out together with their fellow classmates.

All guests are required to present a ticket for entry to the Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises in Carnesecca Arena. Family and guests should arrive early and be seated by 4:30 p.m. (1 hour prior to the start of the procession) or by 5:15 p.m. the latest.

Seating for guests is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats cannot be saved by any means other than someone sitting in the seat. Children under the age of two do not require a ticket, however, they must be seated on an adult's lap.

Students will be able to assign, print and/or email their allotted guest tickets from the MarchingOrder site. Students are required to complete their registration, and provide phonetics for the pronunciation of their pre-recorded name before they can assign their guest tickets. 

Each graduate participating in the Commencement Exercises will receive twelve (12) guest tickets.

Guest tickets will be scanned on the day of the ceremony. Tickets cannot be assigned to more than one individual or be duplicated. Tickets can only be scanned once, for admittance into the ceremony.

Graduates must submit an online diploma application in order to receive their diploma. The last day to order your diploma is Monday, May 16.

Instructions for the Online Application for Diploma:

  1. Log onto University Information System (UIS) via signon.stjohns.edu
  2. Go to the Student tab
  3. Select Graduation > Application for Diploma

Diplomas will be available for pick-up at your dean's office starting on Monday, July 18, 2022, dependent upon the date the diploma was ordered.

Diplomas are ordered throughout the spring term, if a student applied late for their diploma, it will not be available to pick-up at the beginning of diploma distribution in the dean's office. Be sure to call your dean's office beforehand to confirm your diploma is available. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information regarding the ordering process. 

Graduate Responsibilities:

  • Arrive in Taffner Field House no later than 4:30 p.m. on your ceremony day.
  • Be sure to have your GradPass (electronic or printout) available for check-in.
  • Master degree candidates wear your academic attire (gown, hood, and cap) to the Commencement Exercises. Your tassel should be on the right side of your cap.
  • Doctoral degree candidates wear your academic attire (gown and cap) to the ceremony and carry the hood over your right arm. You will be hooded during the ceremony.
  • Wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
  • It is strongly recommended not to bring personal belongings.
  • Follow the line-up, processional and recessional instructions of your academic deans, marshals and event staff.
  • Once directed to your row in the graduate seating area, remain standing until the end of the invocation.
  • Follow the instructions for the calling of your name as you are asked to walk across the stage.
  • If you need assistance during the Commencement, please locate your dean, event staff, or a Public Safety Officer.

Assembly and Line-up Locations:

  • There is no rehearsal for the Commencement Exercises
  • The academic deans will be in the assembly area to check-in graduates and to check the graduate's GradPass (electronic or printout).

Ceremony Photography and Video

  • There will be professional photographers from Grad Images® taking photographs of the graduates on the day of the ceremony.
  • A copy of the live streamed video will be available for viewing on the Commencement website following 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.

Public Safety

Lost and Found

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

Will graduate names be called?

As an institution, we understand the importance of calling the names of each of our graduates. As part of the ceremony, graduates will scan their GradPass prior to crossing the stage allowing for their name to be announced as they walk across the stage and their name and degree to appear on the screens for family and guests to view.


Where can I obtain my GradPass?

Information to obtain a GradPass will be provided to the graduate once they complete the registration process. The student's GradPass is customized for each student and cannot be shared amongst graduates. It will allow for the graduates name to be announced during the ceremony and their name and degree to appear on the screens as the graduate walks across the stage.


Will graduates be hooded on stage?

Doctoral degree students will be hooded on stage by their mentor and are asked to place their academic hood over their right arm during the procession. Master degree students will not be hooded on stage and are asked to wear their hood to the ceremony.


How long is the Commencement Exercise?

Great care has been taken to ensure the ceremonies are completed as quickly and smoothly as possible. The ceremony is expected to last between 1 and 2 hours, depending upon the school or college. 


How do I order my diploma?

Eligible students can order diplomas by visiting UIS via signon.stjohns.edu, selecting the Student Tab and then Graduation > Application for Diploma. 


When can I expect to receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be available for pick-up from your dean's office starting on Monday, July 18, 2022, dependent upon the date the diploma was ordered.


Do I need to purchase academic attire to attend the Commencement Exercises?

Yes, wearing academic attire (cap, gown and hood) is both a tradition and a requirement to participate in the Commencement Exercises. For more information regarding purchasing keepsake academic attire, please visit the Academic Attire page found here.


Does the University provide honor cords and honor society stoles for its graduates?

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.


Where can I purchase keepsake items and other stoles for graduation?

Please visit the Keepsake Items page found here, for information on how to purchase keepsake items for your graduation.


Do guests need tickets to attend the Commencement Exercises?

Yes, guests will need to present and scan their assigned ticket, either electronically or in printed form, upon arrival to Carnesecca Arena. Please note that once a ticket is scanned, it will not allow for additional scans or entry to the ceremony.

Graduates will be able to claim and assign their guest tickets once they complete their registration to attend the ceremony.

Seating for guests is on a first-come, first-served basis and seats cannot be saved for other family members. Children under the age of two, do not require a ticket, however must be seated on an adult's lap. 


Will the University livestream the Baccalaureate Mass?

The Queens Campus Baccalaureate Mass will be streamed live. Please use this link to view the Queens Campus Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 4 p.m.


Will the Commencement Exercises be streamed live?

Yes, each of the Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises will be streamed live and will be available on the Commencement Website the day of each ceremony.


Will a Commemorative Book with graduate names be available to students?

Yes, printed and digital copies of Commemorative Books with graduate names will be available for graduates. The digital format can be found on the Commencement website starting Monday, June 27, 2022. The printed Commemorative Book will be available for pick-up along with your diplomas starting on Monday, July 18, 2022.


Do guests need to be vaccinated and wear masks at the indoor Commencement Exercises?

Currently, the university is not mandating the wearing of masks or proof of vaccination to attend the indoor Commencement Exercises. Please note, our COVID-19 planning and protocols are subject to change in accordance with the latest government mandates and public health guidelines. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Commencement website and https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index.page


Who do I contact if I have other questions regarding the Commencement Exercises?

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

If you have questions regarding academic requirements, please contact your dean's office, their contact information can be found by visiting the Important Contacts page.

Graduates and Guests are permitted to park on campus. Please enter through Gate 3 on Utopia Parkway or Gate 4 on Union Turnpike.

Additional parking is available in the campus garages. Entrances to the garages are off of Union Turnpike.

Allow ample time to find parking and if parking on our neighborhood streets, please be sure to follow local NYC parking regulations where applicable.

For directions to the Queens Campus, and local hotels, please click here. For the Queens Campus Map, download a PDF of the map here.