The Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn of the Queens campus, rain or shine. Undergraduate students who attend our Manhattan and Hauppauge campuses will also participate in this ceremony.
Please take some time to review the information book and the following web pages.
Download (PDF) the 2019 Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises Student Information Book.
Will graduate names be called?
What happens in the event of inclement weather?
Are there special arrangements for wheelchair-bound and/or hearing-impaired family and guests?
Will the Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises be simulcast if guests are unable to sit outside?
When do graduates receive their diplomas?
What time should guests arrive for seating?
Where will graduates be seated?
How long is the Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises?
Are restrooms readily available at the ceremony?
What do graduates do when they arrive on campus?
What should graduates wear?
Do guests need tickets for the ceremony?
Will parking be available?
What if a graduate is NOT attending the Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises?
How can graduates arrange for senior portraits and yearbook photos to be taken?
How do graduates order keepsake items?
*The above information only pertains to the Queens Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 19, 2019.
The Commencement Exercises will be held on the Great Lawn, rain or shine.
If it is raining or rain is in the forecast for Commencement day, graduates and guests should come prepared with the appropriate rain gear. Graduates and guests will receive a poncho if it is raining; guests are advised to also bring raincoats and something to cover the seat of the lawn chair. Graduates should note that umbrellas will not be permitted on stage.
If the ceremony is underway and severe weather conditions exist, the ceremony may be abbreviated and the calling of student names and the greeting of deans on stage may be omitted from the program. If the ceremony is abbreviated, graduates and guests should follow instructions as announced. It is advised that graduates prearrange a meeting place with family and guests in case the ceremony is abbreviated.
If the ceremony cannot be held on the Great Lawn due to extreme or dangerous weather, the ceremony may be cancelled or postponed. No indoor facility on campus can accommodate the graduating class and thousands of guests. Every reasonable effort will be made to hold the ceremony as planned.
For the most up to date information regarding changes to the Commencement Exercises, please visit www.stjohns.edu. Graduates will receive a text message on the University’s text messaging system if there is a change in the ceremony. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the text messaging service via the University Information System.