Commencement Information for Faculty

As an integral part of the St. John's experience for our graduates, faculty are invited to participate in the academic procession at this year's Commencement Exercises. Here, you can find information regarding this year's ceremonies.

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Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises

Registration is required to participate in the Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises. Please visit and complete our online registration form here prior to the commencement ceremonies.

If you are graduating and will process as a graduating student at Commencement, please register through MarchingOrder. An e-mail will be sent to you with instructions on how to register and purchase attire.

All commencement activities/events are subject to change based on current public health conditions and recommendations of health experts.

Date and Time

Ceremony
Monday, May 16, 2022
6 p.m.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Carnesecca Arena, Queens Campus

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
6 p.m.

The School of Education
Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Carnesecca Arena, Queens Campus

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
6 p.m.

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Carnesecca Arena, Queens Campus

Thursday, May 19, 2022
6 p.m. 

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Carnesecca Arena, Queens Campus

Friday, May 20, 2022
6 p.m. 

The Lesley H. and William L. Collins
College of Professional Studies
Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Carnesecca Arena, Queens Campus

Saturday, May 21, 2022
4 p.m.

Queens Baccalaureate Mass
St. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus

Staten Island Baccalaureate Mass
Upper Level, Student Campus Center, Staten Island Campus

 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Assembly Information: 
Faculty are asked to arrive in Taffner Field House for check-in and line-up instructions.
Location: Taffner Field House
Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

Rented Attire Information: 
For faculty who ordered attire online through Herff Jones or need attire for the ceremony.
Location: Marillac Terrace
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.

Commencement Exercises:
Location: Carnesecca Arena
Event Time: 6 p.m.

Faculty will march in the academic procession from Taffner Field House into Carnesecca Arena and will be seated on stage. The procession will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I rent academic attire?

  • Information regarding the rental of academic attire can be found here.

Will graduate names be called?

  • Graduates will receive a GradPass from MarchingOrder, that allows for the graduate's name and degree to appear on the screen and allows for the reading of their pre-recorded name as they walk across the stage.

Will Doctoral Students receive special recognition?

  • Doctoral Candidates will be hooded by their mentor on stage. Ph.D. candidates will be asked to join their colleagues and be seated on stage after being hooded. Pharm.D. students will also be hooded on stage and will return to the student seating area.

Will parking be available?

  • Parking is available on campus. Please note that guests and students will be asked to enter Gate 3 and park under in the general lot next to Belson Stadium. 
  • Download the campus map (PDF).

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Assembly Information: 
Faculty are asked to arrive in Taffner Field House for check-in and line-up instructions.
Location: Taffner Field House
Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

Rented Attire Information: 
For faculty who ordered attire online through Herff Jones or need attire for the ceremony.
Location: Marillac Terrace
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.

Commencement Exercises:
Location: Carnesecca Arena
Event Time: 6 p.m.

Faculty will march in the academic procession from Taffner Field House into Carnesecca Arena and will be seated on stage. The procession will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I rent academic attire?

  • Information regarding the rental of academic attire can be found here.

Will graduate names be called?

  • Graduates will receive a GradPass from MarchingOrder, that allows for the graduate's name and degree to appear on the screen and allows for the reading of their pre-recorded name as they walk across the stage.

Will Doctoral Students receive special recognition?

  • Doctoral Candidates will be hooded on stage by their mentor and will return to the student seating area.

Will parking be available?

  • Parking is available on campus. Please note that guests and students will be asked to enter Gate 3 and park under in the general lot next to Belson Stadium. 
  • Download the campus map (PDF).

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Assembly Information: 
Faculty are asked to arrive in Taffner Field House for check-in and line-up instructions.
Location: Taffner Field House
Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

Rented Attire Information: 
For faculty who ordered attire online through Herff Jones or need attire for the ceremony.
Location: Marillac Terrace
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.

Commencement Exercises:
Location: Carnesecca Arena
Event Time: 6 p.m.

Faculty will march in the academic procession from Taffner Field House into Carnesecca Arena and will be seated on stage. The procession will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I rent academic attire?

  • Information regarding the rental of academic attire can be found here.

Will graduate names be called?

  • Graduates will receive a GradPass from MarchingOrder, that allows for the graduate's name and degree to appear on the screen and allows for the reading of their pre-recorded name as they walk across the stage.

Will Doctoral Students receive special recognition?

  • Doctoral Candidates will be hooded on stage by their mentor and will return to the student seating area.

Will parking be available?

  • Parking is available on campus. Please note that guests and students will be asked to enter Gate 3 and park under in the general lot next to Belson Stadium. 
  • Download the campus map (PDF).

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Assembly Information: 
Faculty are asked to arrive in Taffner Field House for check-in and line-up instructions.
Location: Taffner Field House
Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

Rented Attire Information: 
For faculty who ordered attire online through Herff Jones or need attire for the ceremony.
Location: Marillac Terrace
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.

Commencement Exercises:
Location: Carnesecca Arena
Event Time: 6 p.m.

Faculty will march in the academic procession from Taffner Field House into Carnesecca Arena and will be seated on stage. The procession will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I rent academic attire?

  • Information regarding the rental of academic attire can be found here.

Will graduate names be called?

  • Graduates will receive a GradPass from MarchingOrder, that allows for the graduate's name and degree to appear on the screen and allows for the reading of their pre-recorded name as they walk across the stage.

Will parking be available?

  • Parking is available on campus. Please note that guests and students will be asked to enter Gate 3 and park under in the general lot next to Belson Stadium. 
  • Download the campus map (PDF).

Friday, May 20, 2022

Assembly Information: 
Faculty are asked to arrive in Taffner Field House for check-in and line-up instructions.
Location: Taffner Field House
Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

Rented Attire Information: 
For faculty who ordered attire online through Herff Jones or need attire for the ceremony.
Location: Marillac Terrace
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.

Commencement Exercises:
Location: Carnesecca Arena
Event Time: 6 p.m.

Faculty will march in the academic procession from Taffner Field House into Carnesecca Arena and will be seated on stage. The procession will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I rent academic attire?

  • Information regarding the rental of academic attire can be found here.

Will graduate names be called?

  • Graduates will receive a GradPass from MarchingOrder, that allows for the graduate's name and degree to appear on the screen and allows for the reading of their pre-recorded name as they walk across the stage.

Will Doctoral Students receive special recognition?

  • Doctoral Candidates will be hooded on stage by their mentor and will return to the student seating area.

Will parking be available?

  • Parking is available on campus. Please note that guests and students will be asked to enter Gate 3 and park under in the general lot next to Belson Stadium. 
  • Download the campus map (PDF).

Undergraduate-Level Commencement Exercises

Registration is required to participate in the Undergraduate-Level Commencement Exercises. Please visit and complete our online registration form here by Friday, April 15, 2022.

If you are graduating and will process as a graduating student at Commencement, please register through MarchingOrder. An e-mail will be sent to you with instructions on how to register and purchase attire.

All commencement activities/events are subject to change based on current public health conditions and recommendations of health experts.

Date and TimeCeremony
Saturday, May 21, 2022
4 p.m. 

Queens Baccalaureate Mass
St. Thomas More Church, Queens Campus

Staten Island Baccalaureate Mass
Upper Level, Student Campus Center, Staten Island Campus

Sunday, May 22, 2022
10 a.m.

Undergraduate-Level Commencement Exercises
(for Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan students)
Great Lawn, Queens Campus

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Assembly Information: 
Faculty are asked to arrive in the Welcome Center for check-in and line-up instructions.
Location: Welcome Center
Arrival Time: 8:30 a.m.

Rented Attire Information: 
For faculty who ordered attire online through Herff Jones or need attire for the ceremony.
Location: Marillac Terrace
Pick-up: 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Drop-off: 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Commencement Exercises:
Location: Great Lawn, Queens Campus
Event Time: 10 a.m.

Faculty will march in the academic procession from the Welcome Center to the stage on the Great Lawn and will be seated on stage and floor seating. The procession will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.

How can I rent academic attire?

  • Information regarding the rental of academic attire can be found here.

Will graduate names be called?

  • Graduates will receive a GradPass from MarchingOrder, that allows for the graduate's name and degree to appear on the screen and allows for the reading of their pre-recorded name as they walk across the stage.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

  • The Commencement Exercises will be held on the Great Lawn, rain or shine.
  • If the ceremony is underway and severe weather conditions exist, the ceremony may be abbreviated and the calling of student names may be omitted from the program.
  • If the ceremony cannot be held due to extreme or dangerous weather, the ceremony may be cancelled.
  • Every reasonable effort will be made to hold the ceremony as planned.

Will parking be available?

  • Parking is available on campus. Please allow yourself ample time to find parking and walk to the assembly area as guests will also be parking on campus and there may be a shortage of parking spots.
  • Faculty and guests can also park on our neighborhood streets. Please be sure to follow all NYC parking regulations where applicable.
  • Download the campus map (PDF).

Protocol and Guidelines

Current COVID-19 Protocol:

Currently, the university is not mandating the wearing of masks or proof of vaccination to attend the Graduate-Level or Undergraduate-Level 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.