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.
Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises forSt. John’s College of Liberal Arts and SciencesCollege of Pharmacy and Health Sciences The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional StudiesCarnesecca Arena, Queens Campus10 a.m.
Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises forThe School of EducationThe Peter J. Tobin College of BusinessCarnesecca Arena, Queens Campus4 p.m.
Baccalaureate Mass for Graduates of the Queens and Manhattan CampusesSt. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus
Baccalaureate Mass for Graduates of the Staten Island CampusCampus Center, Upper Level, Staten Island Campus
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.
Registration through MarchingOrder is now closed. If you wish to participate but missed the deadline, please contact the Office of University Events at 718.990-6365, during regular business hours.
Each student must complete the registration process on MarchingOrder Site in order to receive their personalized GradPass on Commencement Day.
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 at least 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony.
Seating for guests is based on the order of arrival, and seats cannot be saved. All ticket holders must be present at the time of entry to be seated together. Children under the age of two do not require a ticket, however, they must be seated on an adult's lap.
Each graduate participating in the Commencement Exercises will receive seven (7) guest tickets.
Students will be able to assign, print and/or email their seven (7) 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.
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.
Additional tickets are not available. It is recommended that Graduates in need of additional tickets, reach out to fellow Johnnies who may not be utilizing all their tickets.
The Commencement Exercises will also be streamed live for those guests unable to attend the ceremony on our Commencement website at www.stjohns.edu/commencement.
Graduates must submit an online diploma application in order to receive their diploma. The last day to order your diploma is Tuesday, May 16.
Instructions for the Online Application for Diploma:
Diplomas will be available after Friday, July 14, dependent upon the date the diploma was ordered. Contact your dean's office for more information.
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. 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.
Assembly and Line-up Locations:
Ceremony Photography and Video
Lost and Found
Will graduate names be called?
Yes, 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?
Students can obtain their personalized GradPass on the day of their ceremony. Students must complete the registration process in order for a GradPass to be created. The student's GradPass is customized 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 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 approximately 2 1/2 hours.
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 after July 14, 2023, dependent upon the date the diploma was ordered. Student's should contact their dean's office for more information.
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 society cords for its graduates?
For more information regarding honor society 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 based on the order of arrival, and seats cannot be saved. All ticket holders must be present at the time of entry to be seated together. 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?
Yes, 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 the ceremony.
Will a Commemorative Book with graduate names be available to students?
Yes, the Digital Commemorative Books with graduate names will be available for graduates and family to view, print and download. The digital format can be found on the Commencement website starting Monday, June 26, 2023.
Will students and guests receive a program book on the day of the Commencement Exercises?
Graduates will receive a shortened program book at the Commencement Exercises. Guests will receive a QR code to access a digital copy of the program book.
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.