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Queens Graduate

Congratulations Graduates!

Commencement is a wonderful and exciting time for all of our graduates and for the University. Graduates planning to attend and participate in Commencement in May need to register and order academic attire.

Please take some time to review all of the information below. It gives you all of the necessary information you need to enjoy your Commencement. 

The Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises will be held separately by school and college as noted in the Calendar of Events.

Please take some time to review the student information book and the following web pages. 

Information Book

Download (PDF) the 2019 Queens Graduate Commencement Exercises Student Information Book. 

Details

Between February 11 - March 4

  • Visit your dean’s office to confirm your eligibility to participate in Commencement 2019
  • Download the 2019 Queens Graduate Commencement Exercises Student Information Book and read through this Website
  • Visit the University Information System (UIS) to:
    ~ Review your transcript for accuracy of grade changes, transfer credits, etc.
    ~ Check your account for holds (parking tickets, library fines, etc) and clear all holds with the Bursar’s Office
    ~ Update your home address and contact information 
  • Like us on Facebook @StJohnsNow to receive important graduation information
  • Follow us on Twitter @StJohnsU to receive important graduation notices

March 4

  • Online registration and academic attire ordering opens for Commencement 2019
    ~ Go to University Information System (UIS) to register for Commencement and order your academic attire

March 7

April 15

  • Last day to order graduation announcements if you want them in time for Commencement. Click here to order. (Note: Announcements can be ordered up to July 3, 2019) 

April 29

  • Last day to register and order academic attire for Commencement 2019
    ~ Go to the University Information System (UIS) to register for Commencement and order your academic attire 

May 6, 7, and 8   

  • Pick up academic attire on your scheduled Academic Attire Distribution Day. ALL students MUST pick up their attire during Academic Attire Distribution.
  • Pick up Baccalaureate Mass tickets from the Office of Campus Ministry or on your scheduled Academic Attire Distribution Day
  • Pre-order Commencement Exercises portraits and diploma photos from Grad Images® Click here

May 8

May 17 - May 23

  • Queens Graduate Level Commencement Exercises

May 24

July 8

  • Diplomas will be available for pick up at your dean’s office.  Be sure to call your dean's office beforehand as availability is dependent upon the date the diploma was ordered.  

Graduates must register and order academic attire in order 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 immediately.

  • Online registration and academic attire ordering starts on Monday, March 4, 2019 and ends on Monday, April 29, 2019.
  • You may log back in to the form until Monday, April 29 to revise your registration and attire order. Please reprint a new confirmation e-mail.
  • If you believe you are eligible to register but cannot register via UIS, please see your dean's office immediately.

If you require special assistance of any kind on graduation day, please notify your dean's office immediately.  

Instructions for Commencement Registration and Attire Orders:

  1. Log onto University Information System (UIS).
  2. Click on the Student tab.
  3. Click on the Graduation tab.
  4. Click on Commencement Registration Menu.
  5. Your name and degree information will pre-populate if you are eligible to register and order attire.  If you receive a message that says you are not eligible, you must see your dean to confirm eligibility.
  6. Fill out the form in its entirety with all of the necessary information regarding your attendance and your attire.
  7. To complete your Commencement registration and order your attire, you must complete the “What’s Next” survey.  
  8. Print the confirmation e-mail for your records and bring a copy with you to Academic Attire Distribution.

Academic Attire Ordering

All graduates must register and order academic attire at the same time through the University Information System (UIS). Wearing academic attire (cap, gown, and hood) is both a tradition and a requirement to participate in the Commencement Exercises. The graduate's academic attire will serve to admit the graduate to the assembly location.

There is no charge for academic attire and students may keep their attire as a souvenir gift from St. John's University. For apparel under your attire, dress with an eye to comfort. It is strongly recommended that you not bring personal belongings to the ceremony.

Distribution of Academic Attire

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Monday, May 6, 2019
12 p.m. - 8 p.m. ~ Marillac Terrace (Cafeteria)
Distribution will be closed between 6 - 6:30 p.m.

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business and
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
12 p.m. - 8 p.m. ~ Marillac Terrace (Cafeteria)
Distribution will be closed between 6 - 6:30 p.m.

College of Professional Studies and 
The School of Education

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
12 p.m. - 8 p.m. ~ Marillac Terrace (Cafeteria)
Distribution will be closed between 6 - 6:30 p.m.

Attire

  • All students must pick up their attire during the scheduled distribution days listed above.  No attire will be distributed between Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, May 16.
  • Graduates must bring their StormCard in order to check in and pick up attire.
  • Graduates will check in with their dean's office and readers in order to confirm participation and the pronunciation of names.
  • If you have not registered online, you must see your dean to confirm eligibility and to complete a Late Registration Form. Graduates will not be able to pick up attire if they haven’t registered or received prior approval from their academic dean's office.
  • Before leaving attire distribution, graduates are strongly advised to try on their cap, gown and hood. 
  • A Grad Images® photographer will be present at Academic Attire Distribution to take a formal photograph in your attire, please come prepared!

Diplomas

  • Graduates must submit an online diploma application in order to receive their diploma.
  • The last day to order a diploma is Wednesday, May 8.

Instructions for the Online Application for Diploma:

  1. Log onto University Information System (UIS).
  2. Click on the Student Tab.
  3. Click on the Graduation Tab.
  4. Click on the Application for Diploma menu.

Pick Up Dates
Diplomas will be available for pick up at the dean's office starting on the following date (depending on date student applied):

  • Monday, July 8, 2019

* 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 in the dean’s office.  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.  

If you are unable to make it to Academic Attire Distribution, you may designate a third party to pick up your attire. Each school and college has different requirements.  Please see below for your school/college’s policy.

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
~ Please bring the graduates’ registration confirmation e-mail, graduates’ StormCard, and designated student’s StormCard, if another student is picking up.

The School of Education
~ Please bring the graduate's registration confirmation e-mail and graduate's StormCard.

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
~ Please bring the graduate's registration confirmation e-mail and graduate's StormCard.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
~ Please bring the graduate's registration confirmation e-mail, graduate's StormCard, and documentation granting permission for XXX to pick up.

College of Professional Studies
~ Please bring the graduate's registration confirmation e-mail, graduate's StormCard, and documentation granting permission for XXX to pick up.

Open to All Graduating Students

Saturday, May 18, 2019
4 p.m. (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
St. Thomas More Church

The Baccalaureate Mass is an opportunity for the University Community to gather with you and your families to give thanks for all of the gifts and blessings you have received from God.  It is also our chance to pray for you and to as God's blessing upon you as you move into the next phase of your life.

Mass Tickets and Seating

  • Mass tickets can be picked up beginning in May in the Office of Campus Ministry, Marillac Hall, Room 239 during regular business hours OR during Academic Attire Distribution.   
  • Admission is by ticket only. 
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be based on the order of arrival.
  • Seats may not be saved.
  • Graduates are asked to wear their academic attire to Mass. The hood may be worn but we ask that graduates not wear their cap to Mass.
  • Graduates should sit with their families during Mass.

For more information regarding Mass tickets, please contact the Office of Campus Ministry at 718-990-6255.

Participate in Mass
If you would like to participate in the Mass in a ministerial role, such as a lector, extraordinary minister of communion, candle bearer or gift bearer, or if a graduate or member of a graduate’s family is a Catholic Priest and would like to concelebrate the Mass, please contact Dennis Gallagher at 718-990-2125 or [email protected].

Do you have family or guests coming from outside the United States that need travel documentation? If yes, please visit the Registrar’s Office to complete a request form.

For more information regarding honor cords and how to receive them, please contact your honor society's administrator or dean’s office.

  • 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.  Entrance is off of Union Turnpike.
  • Please allow ample time to find parking.
  • If parking on our neighborhood streets, please be sure to follow local NYC parking regulations where applicable.

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