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Graduation, Commencement, and Diplomas

Conferral of Degrees/Graduation

The University confers degrees three times a year: January, May and September. Summer degrees are conferred on the last business day of September and fall degrees are conferred on the last business day of January. Spring conferral dates are announced each year to coincide with the University's Commencement ceremonies.

Since the University confers degrees at various times throughout the year, students should consult with their dean's office for dates when diplomas will be available for pick-up.

Unclaimed diplomas will be kepts for five years from the date of award, after which they will be destroyed. Gradautes who request an unclaimed diploma after it has been destroyed will have to pay the replacement fee in effect at the time of the request. It should be noted that a replacement diploma may not be identical in all respects to the original.


The University holds Commencement Ceremonies in May for the Queens and Staten Island campus graduates. If you plan to attend your Commencement Ceremony, you will need to register online at Registration for Commencement begins in March. For information regarding eligibility to participate in Commencement, please contact your dean’s office. For information regarding event details, please call the Office of University Events at (718) 990-6365.  

The School of Law and the Rome Campus usually holds their exercises in early June.  A full list of commencement ceremony dates can be found on the academic calendar.

Diplomas are not distributed at the annual commencement ceremonies, but every effort is made to have your diploma available in your dean's office shortly following the ceremonies.

Ordering Diplomas for Graduation

To apply for a diploma, you can access the Application for Diploma through your UIS account under the Graduation option. Please note that your diploma will not be ordered until you have submitted your Application for Diploma online. 

Certain holds on a student account prevent the ordering of a diploma. Students who have a hold can view their online account for details or contact (718) 990-2000 to review.

If your name has changed please submit a Change of Name Form through the Office of the Registrar.   Proof can be provided by court papers, marriage license, divorce papers, and similar documents. Students only need to submit documentation that attest to their name change. 

Replacement Diplomas
If your original diploma is lost, stolen or destroyed, a replacement diploma can be ordered. To order a replacement diploma, you need to file a standard application for diploma and a notarized affidavit. You also will need to provide copies of two forms of identification, one containing a photo. Examples of identification include a passport, driver's license, social security card, and work ID. There is a $50 fee for a replacement diploma. Please call (718) 990-2000 for applications and affidavits.

Loss, destruction, change of name, and theft are the only reasons for which a diploma will be replaced. We do not issue duplicate diplomas.

Applications for replacement diplomas may be mailed to one of the following addresses:

Queens, Manhattan, and Rome
Office of the Registrar
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Attn: Replacement Diploma Desk
Staten Island
Office of the Registrar
St. John’s University
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Attn: Replacement Diploma Desk