The Rome Commencement Exercises will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Rome campus, rain or shine. We invite all eligible students to join us.
The Commencement Exercises includes the awarding of honorary degrees and medals to distinguished individuals, the conferring of degrees and certificates upon the graduates and the recognition of each graduate by name.
St. John's University extends heartfelt congratulations to all of the Rome graduates!
The Rome campus is located at:
Via Marcantonio Colonna, 21A
4:45 p.m. Doors open for faculty and graduates only
5 p.m. Doors open for ceremony
Please remember to notify your academic deans office of all the names of your guests and to pick up your four (4) Commencement tickets by the appropriate date. In addition to the Commencement tickets, all attendees must present a form of identification in order to gain access into the campus.
5:15 p.m. Assembly and Line Up of Graduates and Faculty
All graduates and faculty will assemble in the line up location. Please remember to bring your academic attire.
5:45 p.m. Processional will begin
6 p.m. Commencement Exercises
The Commencement Exercises will be held in the courtyard. Tickets are required for all guests.
Immediately following the Commencement Exercises, graduates and their families are invited to enjoy light refreshments in the courtyard.
Academic Attire Orders, Academic Requirements, Online Diploma Orders (includes address changes, graduation status, transcripts)
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, MA in International RelationsMargherita Panzara
Tel: +39 (06) 393 842 67
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, MA in Global Development and Social JusticeJoyce Lawlor
Tel: +1 (718) 990-6129
Alumni Activities, Benefits and Services
Alumni Relations, Queens Campus
Tel: +1 (718) 990-6232www.stjohns.edu/alumni
Career Center, Queens Campus
Tel: +1 (718) 990-6375[email protected]
General Commencement Information
Assistant Vice President, University EventsNunzia Manuli
Commencement is a wonderful and exciting time for our graduates and the University. Graduates planning to attend and participate in the ceremony in June need to register and order academic attire with their respective dean.
Please take some time to review the information on this website. It gives you all of the information regarding Commencement.
Students are responsible for understanding their obligations regarding their academic requirements and are strongly urged to meet with their academic dean to review their academic and financial files.
All eligible students are encouraged to participate in the ceremony. Those who will be unable to attend should notify their academic dean's office in writing.
Please use this checklist with dates to complete the necessary steps to participate in the 2020 Rome Commencement Exercises.
Graduates and degree candidates who wish to participate in the Rome Commencement Exercises are required to wear the proper academic attire as they march with faculty members, officers of administration, and honored guests in the academic procession.
Proper academic attire consists of a black cap, red gown plus the appropriate hood that designates the degree being awarded.
If for any reason you do not plan to order a cap and gown, please notify your academic dean's office in writing.
Cap and gowns need to be ordered no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Please contact your academic dean's office to file a cap and gown order form.St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - MA in International Relations - Margherita Panzera - +39 (06) 393 842 67St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - MA in Global Development and Social Justice - Joyce Lawlor - +1 (718) 990-6129
Cap and gowns will be distributed by the Rome campus academic dean's offices on the following date:
If you feel that there may be difficulty in pronouncing your name, please see your academic dean during attire distribution.
If you are unable to pick-up your academic attire at this time, you must contact the dean's office and make the necessary arrangements.
If you are a June 2020 conferral, applications for diplomas must be completed online via the University Information System no later than Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Instructions for the Online Application for Diploma:
Diplomas will not be handed out during the ceremony. Actual diplomas will be distributed by the academic dean's office subsequent to the Commencement Exercises. Please contact your dean to determine whether or not you are eligible to receive your diploma and if your diploma is available. Graduates must fulfill all academic requirements and financial obligations in order to receive their diploma.
Diplomas are ordered throughout the year depending upon your date of conferral. 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. If you have any questions regarding the ordering process, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Graduates and faculty members will assemble in the line up area, in their caps and gowns, no later than 5:15 p.m. Once all the graduates have been assembled, the academic deans will line-up graduates in alphabetical order by college/school and program.
It is imperative that all students check in upon their arrival to ensure their name is read during the ceremony.
The procession will begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. We will assume if a graduate is not in the procession line up area by 5:15 p.m., they are absent and their names will not be read during the ceremony.
Since there will be no rehearsal for the procession, the deans will lead you in the procession and to your seats.
Each Rome graduate will receive four (4) Commencement tickets. Due to the limited seating capacity, the number of tickets is strictly limited.
The names of all participants and guests must be provided to the appropriate academic dean's office in advance of the ceremony and no later than Monday, June 1, 2020.
In addition, all participants and guests must present a Commencement ticket and show a valid form of identification. Graduates are expected to show their University identification card to gain access into the campus.
Tickets must be picked up during cap and gown distribution on Wednesday, May 27.
Doors will open at the St. John's University Rome campus at 5 p.m. for guests who are attending the ceremony. Once inside the campus, there will be ushers directing guests to the ceremony location.
If you or your guests require special assistance, please notify the academic dean's office or contact Nunzia Manuli in advance.
In order to assure that the procession of graduates and the presidential stage party moves to and from the stage in an orderly fashion without any obstructions and in compliance with safety codes, no picture taking will be allowed near the stage and in the main aisle of the processional route.
A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate as they cross the stage and greet University officials. Even if your family or friends cannot be with you on this special day, you can share the excitement and the memories of the Class of 2020 by getting an electronic copy of the photographs from your dean's office.
Photos will be available through the Rome campus academic offices the week after the ceremony.
What should I wear under my gown?
The temperature in Rome during June is hot; therefore you should wear light, comfortable attire. It is suggested that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing. In case of rain, graduates will be provided with a rain poncho if needed. Guests should be prepared for rain and bring appropriate attire.
How do I order my cap and gown?
You must order your cap and gown by visiting or contacting your academic dean's office no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
When can I pick up my cap and gown?
The academic dean's offices will distribute caps and gowns on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. If you are unable to pick up your academic attire during this time, you must make the proper arrangements with your dean.
Do I need tickets for my guests to attend the Commencement Exercises?
Yes. Each graduate will receive a maximum of four (4) Commencement tickets. These tickets will be made available at the time of cap and gown distribution on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Please note: The names of all participants and guests must be provided to the appropriate academic dean's offices in advance and no later than Monday, June 1, 2020. In addition, all guests must present a valid form of identification and hold a Commencement ticket for the ceremony.
What time should I arrive to the Rome campus on Commencement day?
The doors will open at 4:45 p.m. All graduates will need to assemble in the line up location, in their cap and gown, no later than 5:15 p.m. The procession will begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. and it is imperative that all graduates check in at 5:15 p.m. to ensure their name is read at the Commencement Exercises.
What time should my guests arrive?
Guests will be admitted to the ceremony area at 5 p.m., one hour before the ceremony.
What do I do at the ceremony?
Graduates will be briefed in the assembly area. Graduates will be lined up in alphabetical order according to their school/college. At the start of the procession, the academic deans will lead you into the ceremony and direct you into your row.
What about photos? Can our guests take pictures?
Guests can take pictures during the ceremony from their seats but they will not be permitted to take pictures near the stage or in the main aisle of the procession/recession route. There will be a professional photographer who will take a picture of each graduate while their name is read. Photos will be made available through the Rome campus academic offices one week after the ceremony.
When will I receive my diploma?
Actual diplomas will be distributed by the academic dean's offices. To find out if you are able to receive your diploma or if your diploma is available, please contact your dean's office.
Can diplomas be mailed to me or picked up by an authorized person?
Yes. You must notify your academic dean in writing and include an updated mailing address. An authorized person may pick up your diploma after you have filed a Third Party Authorization Form with your dean.