Faculty

You are an integral part of the St. John's experience for our graduates, and we invite you to participate in this year's Commencement Exercises. Faculty members are asked to wear academic attire and march in the faculty procession during the ceremonies. 

Registration is required. Please visit and complete our online registration form by Friday, April 3, 2020. Click here to register for the Staten Island Commencement Exercises. Click here to register for the Queens Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Exercises.

If you are an employee who is graduating, and will process as a graduating student at Commencement, please register via UIS from Monday, March 9 - Monday, April 27.

Rented Attire

Faculty are asked to wear academic attire to the Commencement Exercises. If you own academic attire, please register and complete the online registration form and bring your attire to the corresponding line-up area on the day of the Commencement Exercises. If you need to rent attire, please follow the process below.

To Order Rental Attire

  • If you need to rent academic attire, you must first register for the Commencement Exercises by completing the online registration form by Friday, April 3, 2020.
  • Once you have submitted your registration, you will receive instructions on how to order your attire through the Herff Jones website.
  • There is no charge for the rental of academic attire.
  • In order to receive an academic hood and gown from the school or university from which you graduated, you must order attire by Friday, April 3, otherwise, you will receive a St. John's academic hood.

Pick Up and Drop Off Schedule

All academic attire must be picked up based on the campus location you select when placing the order on the Herff Jones website. Academic attire can only be returned to Marillac Terrace on the Queens Campus, at the times listed below:

Staten Island Commencement Exercises

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Pick-up: 1 - 8 p.m.
Campus Center, Lower Level

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Pick-up: 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Drop-off: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

Queens Commencement Exercises

Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Queens Undergraduate Level and Graduate Level Commencement Exercises
Pick-up: Noon - 8 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

Friday, May 15, 2020
The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
Graduate Level Commencement Exercises
Pick-up: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Drop-off: 4 - 8 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

Sunday, May 17, 2020
Queens Undergraduate Level Commencement Exercises
Pick-up: 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Drop-off: 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

Monday, May 18, 2020
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Graduate Level Commencement Exercises
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Level Commencement Exercises
Pick-up: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Drop-off: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

The School of Education Graduate Level Commencement Exercises
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business Graduate Level Commencement Exercises
Pick-up: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Drop-off: 5 - 9 p.m.
Marillac Terrace

Staten Island Commencement

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Rented Academic Attire Pick-up and Drop-off Information:
Location: Marillac Terrace
Pick-up Time: 7 - 9 a.m.
Drop-off Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

If faculty did not pick-up their rented academic attire during Academic Attire Distribution, distribution will be available on Saturday, May 16, on the Queens Campus.  Please note that if you did not order your attire by Friday, April 3, you will receive a St. John's academic hood. All rented academic attire must be returned to Marillac Terrace.

Assembly Information:
Location: Carnesecca Arena, President's Room
Arrival Time: 9 a.m.

Commencement Exercises:
Location: Carnesecca Arena, Main Arena
Time: 10 a.m.

FAQs regarding Staten Island Commencement for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

Is there a charge for the rental of Academic Attire?

  • Rental attire is free of charge for our faculty participating in the Commencement Exercises.

Will graduate names be called?

  • As an institution we understand the importance of calling the names of each of our graduates, and inviting each of the graduates to greet their dean on stage so that the dean may offer congratulations on behalf of the University.  The names of our graduates will be read and graduates will be invited to greet their dean on stage.

Will transportation be provided to and from the Queens and Staten Island Campuses?

  • Yes, buses will leave the Staten Island Campus on Saturday, May 16 at approximately 6:30 a.m. for the Commencement Exercises on the Queens Campus, and return immediately following the ceremony. To secure a seat on the bus, please be sure to complete the online registration form by Wednesday, May 6, and you will be contacted with further details.

Will parking be available?

  • On the day of Commencement, faculty will be permitted to park on campus. Please allow yourself ample time to find parking and walk to the assembly area as guests will also be parking on campus.
  • 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).

Queens Commencements

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

    Rented Academic Attire Pick-up and Drop-off Information:
    Location: Marillac Terrace
    Pick-up Time: 7 - 8:30 a.m.
    Drop Off Time: 12:30 - 2 p.m.

    If faculty did not pick-up their rented academic attire during Academic Attire Distribution, distribution will be available on Sunday, May 17. Please note that if you did not order your attire by Friday, April 3, you will receive a St. John's academic hood. All rented academic attire must be returned to Marillac Terrace on Sunday, May 17 before 2 p.m. unless you are attending one of the Graduate Level Commencement Exercises.

    Assembly Information:
    Location: Welcome Center
    Arrival Time: 8:30 a.m.

    Commencement Exercises:
    Location: Great Lawn
    Time: 10 a.m.

    FAQs regarding Commencement for Undergraduate Level

    Is there a charge for the rental of Academic Attire?

    • Rental attire is free of charge for our faculty participating in the Commencement Exercises. 

    Will graduate names be called?

    • As an institution we understand the importance of calling the names of each of our graduates, and inviting each of the graduates to greet their dean on stage so that the dean may offer congratulations on behalf of the University. The names of our graduates will be read and graduates will be invited to greet their dean on stage unless severe weather necessitates that we amend the ceremony.

    What happens in the event of inclement weather?

    • Please click here for full details.

    Will parking be available?

    • On the day of Commencement, faculty will be permitted to park 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).

    The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Rented Academic Attire Pick-up and Drop-off Information:
    Location: Marillac Terrace
    Pick-up Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
    Drop-off Time: 4 - 8 p.m.

    If faculty did not pick-up their rented academic attire during Academic Attire Distribution, distribution will be available on Friday, May 15. Please note that if you did not order your attire by Friday, April 3, you will receive a St. John's academic hood. All rented academic attire must be returned to Marillac Terrace, unless you are attending the Staten Island or Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises.

    Assembly Information:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, President's Room
    Arrival Time: 4 p.m.

    Commencement Exercises:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Main Arena
    Time: 5 p.m.

    College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    Rented Academic Attire Pick-up and Drop-off Information:
    Location: Marillac Terrace
    Pick-up Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
    Drop-off Time: 5 - 9 p.m.

    If faculty did not pick-up their rented academic attire during Academic Attire Distribution, distribution will be available on Monday, May 18. Please note that if you did not order your attire by Friday, April 3, you will receive a St. John's academic hood. All rented academic attire must be returned to Marillac Terrace. 

    Assembly Information:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Auxiliary Gym
    Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

    Commencement Exercises:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Main Arena
    Time: 6 p.m.

    St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Rented Academic Attire Pick-up and Drop-off Information:
    Location: Marillac Terrace
    Pick-up Time: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
    Drop-off Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    If faculty did not pick-up their rented academic attire during Academic Attire Distribution, distribution will be available on Tuesday, May 19. Please note that if you did not order your attire by Friday, April 3, you will receive a St. John's academic hood. All rented academic attire must be returned to Marillac Terrace. 

    Assembly Information:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Auxiliary Gym
    Arrival Time: 10 a.m.

    Commencement Exercises:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Main Arena
    Time: 11 a.m.

    The School of Education Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Rented Academic Attire Pick-up and Drop-off Information:
    Location: Marillac Terrace
    Pick-up Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
    Drop-off Time: 5 - 9 p.m.

    If faculty did not pick-up their rented academic attire during Academic Attire Distribution, distribution will be available on Tuesday, May 19. Please note that if you did not order your attire by Friday, April 3, you will receive a St. John's academic hood. All rented academic attire must be returned to Marillac Terrace. 

    Assembly Information:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Auxiliary Gym
    Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

    Commencement Exercises:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Main Arena
    Time: 6 p.m.

    The Peter J. Tobin College of Business Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Rented Academic Attire Pick-up and Drop-off Information:
    Location: Marillac Terrace
    Pick-up Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
    Drop-off Time: 5 - 9 p.m.

    If faculty did not pick-up their rented academic attire during Academic Attire Distribution, distribution will be available on Wednesday, May 20. Please note that if you did not order your attire by Friday, April 3, you will receive a St. John's academic hood. All rented academic attire must be returned to Marillac Terrace. 

    Assembly Information:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, President's Room
    Arrival Time: 5 p.m.

    Commencement Exercises:
    Location: Carnesecca Arena, Main Arena
    Time: 6 p.m.