Students seated at Law School Commencement ceremony


The St. John's School of Law 2019 Commencement Exercises

Sunday, June 2, 2019

10 a.m.
Commencement Mass (optional)
St. Thomas More Church

11 a.m.
Student Arrival and Line-up
Taffner Field House

11:50 a.m.
Commencement Procession Begins promptly at 11:50 am
Carnesecca Arena, St. John's University's Queens Campus

Commencement Ceremony
(Ceremony is approximately 2 hours)
Carnesecca Arena, St. John's University's Queens Campus

Followed by Commencement Reception
Taffner Field House

Dinner Reservations

We recommend making dinner reservations no earlier than 4:00 p.m. on commencement day depending on the location. Please note the ceremony will take approximately 2 hours. All are welcome to attend the Commencement Reception in Taffner Field House immediately following the ceremony.

Graduate Photography

Photos of each graduate will be taken during the ceremony by GradImages. Each graduate will receive an e-mail containing their photo for purchase approximately one week after Commencement. The e-mail will be sent to graduates’ official St. John’s email accounts.


Juris Doctorates (JDs)

If you have not already done so, please order your cap and gown immediately.

*Please note that there is no charge for your cap and gown and graduates may keep their attire after the ceremony. Other products offered for sale are done so with no obligation to purchase. 

Juris Doctorate
Cap: Black velvet tam (cap)
Gown: Red doctoral gown with black chevrons
Hood: Purple velvet doctorate hood from St. John’s University.

You will be hooded on stage. If you have a family member(s) that is a St. John’s School of Law Alum and wish to have him/her participate in the hooding ceremony please note that in the online graduation application.

LL.M. Graduates

If you have not already done so, please order your cap and gown immediately.

*Please note that there is no charge for your cap and gown and graduates may keep their attire after the ceremony. Other products offered for sale are done so with no obligation to purchase. 

You will receive the following attire for the commencement ceremony:

LLM in Bankruptcy
Cap: Black velvet tam (cap)
Gown Black doctoral gown with purple chevrons
Hood: Purple velvet doctorate hood with a silk lining that will correspond with the colors of the school from which you received your Juris Doctorate

LLM in US Legal Studies and Transnational Legal Practice
Cap: Black velvet tam (cap)
Gown: Black doctoral gown with purple chevrons
Hood: Purple velvet doctorate hood from St. John’s University

Academic Attire Distribution

You have the option to ship your academic attire directly to your home for $15.95. 
If you choose not to deliver to home, academic attire will also be distributed as follows:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
1 p.m. – 6 pm
Belson Moot Court Room (Room 2-13)

If you are unable to pick up your academic attire on the above dates, distribution will also take place on the day of Commencement:
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Taffner Field House
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Academic attire is free of charge and graduates may keep their attire after the ceremony (shipping charges are optional and the responsibility of the student). Follow the instructions below to place your order. Please note that academic attire may not be altered or embellished upon in any way (honor cords etc…). 

*Other products offered for sale are done so with no obligation to purchase.

Jeh Charles Johnson, J.D.
Former US Secretary of Homeland Security
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Receiving the Honorary Doctor of Laws

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates at the address provided on the graduation application.

If you have a change of address after completing the graduation application, please update your profile on St. John’s Central so that you will receive all important commencement and post graduation information. 

Monday, April 8Friday, May 10, 2019 

Commencement Ticket Distribution - See "Ticket Information" tab below for details)
Career Development Office (Room 3-27)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Deadline for ordering cap and gown

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

1–6 p.m.
Academic Attire Distribution
Belson Moot Court Room (Room 2-13)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

9–10 a.m.
Academic Attire Distribution
Taffner Field House

10 a.m. 
Commencement Mass
St. Thomas More Church

12 p.m.       
Commencement Ceremony
Carnesecca Arena

2 p.m.            
Taffner Field House

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Final Day to Empty Lockers
All items will be removed from lockers and disposed of after this date.

Find hotel information and directions to campus here

The campus will be open for vehicle parking on a first come first served basis. Participants and family members are urged to arrive early for parking on campus. All of the university gates will be open. Additional off campus parking is available on the immediate perimeter of the university but may require a short walk to St. Thomas More Church and Carnesecca Arena. Motorists are advised that parking in traditionally restricted zones such as blocking fire hydrants, fire lanes and handicapped parking spots will not be permitted and may result in a fine or towing of the violator’s vehicle. The need for a campus parking permit will be suspended for the day of commencement. 

Any persons with special needs may call the St. Johns Public Safety Department at 718-990 6281. Escorts and handicapped parking will be available.

Venue Information

The majority of the seats in Carnesecca Arena are bleacher seats. You are permitted to take photos during the ceremony, however we ask that you remain in your seat while doing so. Information regarding special assistance can be found in the Ticket Information section below if you require special seating. Food and beverage will not be sold in the arena, you are permitted to bring non-alcoholic beverages.

Notice to Guests:

The Department of Public Safety would like to advise all attendees of the School of Law Commencement of the security and safety measures that will be in place. Your patience, understanding, and most importantly, your cooperation will be greatly appreciated. The Department of Public Safety will be working closely with the New York City Police Department and will assign Officers to all the entrance points to the ceremony and will be checking bags and packages. Please only bring necessary items and please review the list below for items that are not allowed:

  • Backpacks
  • No handbags or tote bags bigger then 10"x10"x10"
  • Sealed packages of any kind
  • Bottles or cans (glass or metal)
  • Aerosol cans or noisemaking devices
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals (unless a service animal)
  • Flags, banners, or signs
  • Any materials constituting unauthorized advertising or promotion
  • Laser pointing devices

These enhanced security measures are intended to ensure this special day is enjoyable for our graduates and their families by providing a safe and secure venue for the Commencement ceremony. We thank all in advance for their cooperation.

Each graduate will receive 10 tickets to Commencement.

Ticket Distribution
Monday, April 8 - Friday, May 10, 2019

Career Development Office – Room 3-27

To obtain graduation tickets, you must first fill out the on-line graduation application and complete an exit interview. To schedule your exit interview, please contact your Career Development counselor or the Career Development Office at (718) 990-6614 to make an appointment with your counselor. During the exit interview, you will meet with your counselor to discuss how he or she can continue to assist you following graduation. In addition, your counselor will collect important information about your post-graduation employment status. As you know, law schools are under an obligation to collect accurate and complete employment information on every graduate. Please arrive 5 minutes early so you can complete a graduate employment survey. The exit interview will last approximately 15 minutes. Once you have completed these steps, you will be eligible to receive your tickets to the Commencement Exercises which will be distributed by the Career Development Office.

Additional tickets will be distributed during academic attire distribution on May 29th. Additional tickets are limited and will be distributed to graduates on a first come, first served basis. If you do not plan on using all of your tickets please give them to those graduates that need them. 

Special Assistance

For guests in need of special assistance or seating accommodations for guests with disabilities, tickets are available through the Office of Special Events. 

Please e-mail request to Maureen Mulligan, Associate Director of Special Events at [email protected].Once you are e-mailed a confirmation, tickets will be available for pick up: 

Monday thru Thursday | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 4-56

Download (PDF) the 2019 Commencement Guide.

For additional information, please contact:

Maureen Mulligan
Associate Director of Special Events
[email protected]


Click here to access the 2019 Graduate Checklist.