Family and Friends of Graduates

Class of 2022 Commencement Exercises

We are excited to welcome you and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2022 together at this year's ceremonies. The Commencement Exercises will take place the week of Monday, May 16 - Sunday, May 22, 2022. For more information choose from the following ceremonies. 

Schedule of Events

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

In Preparation for the Graduation Ceremony

Read the Graduate-Level Commencement Exercises 2022 Student Information Book found here.

Check www.stjohns.edu/commencement for the latest updates.

Visit the Keepsake Items page for gift ideas.

Celebrate the Class of 2022 Join us in honoring our graduates and post a celebratory message wishing our graduates success in their future endeavors! #SJUGrad

Visit the Commencement Public Safety Advisory page for a listing of items that are not permitted into the arena.

Visit the Directions and Area Hotels for directions to the Queens Campus and for a listing of local area hotels.

Day of Ceremony

Don't forget your Commencement tickets (electronic or printout)

Be sure to arrive to your seats by 4:30 p.m. (1 hour before the procession starts) and no later than 5:15 p.m.

Make arrangements with your graduate to identify a meeting location immediately following the ceremony. The ceremony is expected to last between 1 and 2 hours, depending upon the school or college.

Check www.stjohns.edu/commencement for the latest updates.

Check www.weather.com for the latest forecast.

Check your local news for road closings and delays.

Parking:
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 are off of Union Turnpike.

If parking on our neighborhood streets, please be sure to follow local NYC parking regulations where applicable.

View the Queens Campus map.

Vendors:
The Queens Campus Bookstore will be open and will have merchandise available for purchase in the lobby of Carnesecca Arena on each ceremony day.

Flowers and other items will also be available for purchase.

Food and Beverages will be sold at our concession stands in Carnesecca Arena.

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.

Disability Accommodations

Sign language interpreters will be present for the duration of each ceremony. If you require these services, please inform the public safety officer or a university host upon arrival to the ceremony.

For guests who are wheelchair bound and need assistance on the day of the ceremony, please see the public safety officer for assistance and enter through Gate 4 on Union Turnpike. Space is limited on the arena floor and we are only able to offer seating to the person requesting accommodations and one companion. 

Web Viewing

The Commencement Exercises will be streamed live at www.stjohns.edu for those who are unable to attend in person.

Schedule of Events

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

Family Graduate Dinner ~ Queens Campus
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Doors open: 5 p.m.
Dinner begins: 5:30 p.m.
Carnesecca Arena

Family Graduate Dinner ~ Staten Island Campus
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Doors open: 5 p.m.
Dinner begins: 5:30 p.m.
Upper Level, Student Campus Center

Undergraduate-Level Commencement Exercises
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Seating area opens: 7:30 a.m.
Ceremony starts: 10 a.m.
Great Lawn, Queens Campus

In Preparation for the Graduation Ceremony

Read the Undergraduate-Level Commencement Exercises 2022 Student Information Book found here.

Check www.stjohns.edu/commencement for the latest updates.

Visit the Keepsake Items page for gift ideas.

Celebrate the Class of 2022 Join us in honoring our graduates and post a celebratory message wishing our graduates success in their future endeavors! #SJUGrad

Visit the Commencement Public Safety Advisory page for a listing of items that are not permitted into the arena.

Visit the Directions and Area Hotels for directions to the Queens Campus and for a listing of local area hotels.

Day of Ceremony

Don't forget your Commencement tickets (electronic or printout)

Be sure to arrive to your seats by 8:15 a.m. (1 hour before the procession starts) and no later than 8:45 a.m.

Make arrangements with your graduate to identify a meeting location immediately following the exercises. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Check www.stjohns.edu/commencement for the latest updates.

Check www.weather.com for the latest forecast and your local news for road closings and delays.

Simulcast Location:
Please ask any Public Safety Officer or University Host, on Sunday, May 22, to direct you to the simulcast location. Seating in this area is indoors and requires a guest ticket to enter.

Restroom Locations:
Restroom Trailers will be available on the Great Lawn.

Restrooms will also be available in Marillac Hall (1st and 2nd floors), St. John Hall (2nd floor for women and 3rd floor for men), St. Albert Hall (1st floor) and St. Thomas More Church for guests with accommodations. 

First Aid:
There will be emergency medical personnel on site near St. Thomas More Church. If you need immediate assistance, please find a Public Safety Officer or a University Host.

Parking:
Guests are permitted to park on campus, however due to the large number of guests attending, there may be a shortage of parking on campus.

Graduates and guests are advised to carpool. 

If parking on our neighborhood streets, please be sure to follow local NYC parking regulations where applicable.

View the Queens campus map.

Vendors:
The Queens Campus Bookstore will be open and will have merchandise available for purchase on the Great Lawn.

Flowers and other items will also be available for purchase.

Food and Beverages will be sold at concession stands next to the lawn. Water will be available for guests within the seating area.  

Disability Accommodations

Sign language interpreters will be present for the duration of the ceremony. If you require these services, please inform the public safety officer or a university host upon arrival to the ceremony.

For guests who are wheelchair bound and need assistance on the day of the ceremony, please see the public safety officer for assistance and enter through Gate 1 located on Utopia Parkway. Space is limited on the Great Lawn and we are only able to offer seating to the person requesting accommodations and one companion. 

Web Viewing

The Commencement Exercises will be streamed live at www.stjohns.edu for those who are unable to attend in person.