• Commencement 2015
  • Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

    Everything You Need to Know About Commencement and Graduation.

    Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the commencement ceremony, graduation requirements, procedures, deadlines and other details for the Class of 2015.

     

    Graduation Eligibility

  •  Q. What is the difference between a commencement and graduation?
    A. Graduation is the Registrar’s official confirmation that you have met all the degree requirements. Commencement is the ceremony hosted by LaGuardia Community College that celebrates students’ graduation.

     Q. How do I know that I have graduated?
    A. We will notify you by mail when the Registrar’s evaluation of your record is complete and you have met all your degree requirements.

     Q. I have 60 credits, am I ready to graduate?
    A. Most students are close to graduation when they reach 60 credits. You can check your progress online by using Student Advisement Degree AuditMy LaGuardia, by seeing an advisor on your Advising Team.

     Q. When should I apply for graduation?
    A. Apply for graduation by registering for “Intent to Graduate” (course code GRD000) once you have registered for your last course during your last semester of attendance. You may also apply by submitting a graduation application to the Registrar in Room C107. Your application for graduation is required to trigger the Registrar’s evaluation of your record. Without this official evaluation you cannot graduate.

    NOTE: You need to apply for graduation even if you do not attend commencement.

     Q: When is the deadline to apply for the June 2015 graduation?

    A.   April 29 is the last day to apply for Intent to Graduate for Spring 2015 graduation. All students who have submitted their Intent to Graduate application before the deadline will be able to participate in commencement.

     Q. What happens after I apply for graduation?
    A. Once you apply for graduation, the Registrar will evaluate your record, determine whether you have met your degree requirements and confirm that you have graduated. If you have unmet requirements, you will receive an email explaining how to resolve them. If you don’t meet these requirements by the end of the semester in which you applied for graduation, you need to re-apply for graduation and be re-evaluated the following semester.
     Q. Can I participate in this commencement ceremony even if I won't graduate until Fall 2015 semester?
    A. Not at this time. The 2015 commencement ceremony is open for Fall 2014 graduates and Spring 2015 potential graduates (filed “Intent to Graduate”) to participate. Note: Students who graduated in Spring 2014 can also participate in the 2015 commencement ceremony, but their names will not be included in the program booklet. 
     Q. I applied for Intent to Graduate, can I participate in the commencement ceremony?
    A. Yes, if you applied for Intent to Graduate for the Spring 2015 - Session I & II you are welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony. Because you are a potential graduate, your name will automatically be included in the program. Please be sure to purchase a cap and gown in order to participate. See the "Student Info" page for cap & gown pick up dates.

  • Commencement Ceremony

  •  Q. When is the 2015 Commencement Ceremony?
    A. The Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony takes place on Thursday, June 4, 2015, At Madison Square Garden, located 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

     Q. I thought graduation was in September, why was it changed to June?
    A. Due to a policy change in the academic calendars for the City University of New York’s (CUNY) community colleges, the annual commencement ceremony will take place in June instead of September.

     Q. What time do I have to arrive at the ceremony?
    A. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and commencement will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

     Q. Where do I go for processional line-up?
    A. Please use the Chase Square entrance on West 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, and go through the Security check point. Walk directly to the Box Office Lobby. Staff members will guide you to the 6th floor Concession area where you will prepare for the procession. 


     Q. Where should my guests go once they’ve arrived at the venue?
    A. Your family and friends must pass through Security check point in the lobby and take the escalators to the theater.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
     Q. Will there be a rehearsal for the ceremony?
    A. No, there will not be a rehearsal for the ceremony.

     Q. I am not going to participate in the commencement ceremony, where can I pick up my diploma?
    A. We will notify you by mail when your diploma is ready to be picked up from the Registrar’s Office in Room C107. This usually takes several months.

     Q. Are there restrictions to what I can bring to the ceremony?
    A. Besides objects that might cause harm to others attending the ceremony, balloons and items that will obstruct the view of other guests are not allowed. Backpacks will not be allowed in the Theater. All bags will be subject to search. Cameras of all sorts are permitted.

     Can I participate in this commencement ceremony even if I won’t graduate until next semester?
    A. Not at this time. The 2015 commencement ceremony is open for Fall 2014 graduates and Spring 2015 potential graduates (filed “Intent to Graduate”) to participate. Note: Students who graduated in Spring 2014 can also participate in the 2015 commencement ceremony, but their names will not be included in the program booklet.
     Will I be recognized individually?

    Yes, all participants will walk across the stage, announce their names and major, and will receive a diploma cover.

    Your name will appear in the commencement program if you graduated in Fall I or Fall II 2014.  If you applied for “Intent to Graduate” in Spring I or Spring II 2015, your name will automatically be included in the program because you are a potential graduate.  Please be sure to purchase a cap and gown in order to participate.  See the Student Info page for cap & gown pick up dates. 

    In addition, you will not receive your diploma at the ceremony; you will be notified when it is ready for pick-up approximately six months after graduation. 

    Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information on receiving your diploma by visiting Room C107 or calling (718) 482-5935.

  • Tickets

  •  Q. How many guests can I invite?
    A. You will receive three (3) admission tickets for your guests. You don’t need a ticket for yourself, but you need to be in your cap and gown to enter the robing area.

     Q. Do I have to pay for my tickets to the ceremony?
    A. All admission tickets are free.
     Q. Do children need tickets to be admitted to the ceremony?
    A. Children over two (2) years old need a ticket to be admitted to the ceremony. Children who enter without an admission ticket must sit on the lap of an adult.

     Q. Where do I pick up my admission tickets?
    A.  You will receive three (3) General Admission tickets when you pick up your academic attire. 


    Graduates requiring more than three (3) guest tickets may contact the Office of Campus Life at (718) 482-5190.

    • Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Room MB10
    • Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Room MB10
    • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Room MB10 

     Q. What if I miss the designated pickup days for tickets and academic attire?
    A. Please visit the Office of Campus Life in Room M115 to arrange for pick up on another day. You may be able to pick up tickets and purchase a cap and gown the day of the ceremony, but supplies are limited and distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Graduation Attire and Activities

  •  Q. Do I have to pay for my cap and gown?
    A. Yes, the cap and gown is $35.00 and can be purchased in-person or online. Visit the Student Info page for more info. You must wear a cap and gown in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

     Q. Where can I pick up my cap and gown?

    A.  You may purchase and get measured for you cap and gown on the same day. See details on the Student Info page for cap and gown pick up dates. The colors of the graduation attire are black for the cap and gown; and red and white for the hood and tassel. 

     Q. Which side does my tassel go on?
    A. Before graduating, the tassel should be on your right. After graduating, move it to your left.

     Q. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), how can I order my gold-colored regalia?
    A. You can order your gold-colored honor stole, cords and medallions through the PTK website at: store.ptk.org
     Q. Where do I take my graduation portraits?

    A. Visit the Student Info page for the graduation portrait schedule. 

     Q. What should I bring when I take my graduation portraits?
    A. The photographers will only have the cap and gown for you to wear during the shoot. You may bring your honors regalia and other props.

    Portrait Tips: Remember to groom facial hair and nails and avoid extreme exposure to the sun. Avoid experimenting with new hairstyles and instead wear your hair in a way you already know and like. Iron your clothing and opt for solid colors, which will show better in your portraits.

     Q. Where do I pick up my graduation portraits and free DVD yearbook?
    A. You will be notified in separate emails once your graduation portraits and free DVD yearbook are ready.

     Q. I want to go on the graduation cruise, where do I get more info?

    All students, staff, faculty and family and friends of graduates are invited to the Graduate Cruise.

    Departing from Chelsea Piers on Friday, May 29, 2015.
    Boarding time is 5:30 p.m., and cruise time is 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Tickets are $35 per person. Buy your tickets NOW at the Bursar Window C110 - first come, first served!

    Your 3-hour fun-filled excursion includes: 
    -Open Buffet, Desserts 
    -Dancing (live DJ) 
    -Live Entertainment 


    For more information visit The Office of Campus Life in Room M115, call (718) 482-5190 or view 2015 Graduate Cruise Flyer


     What is the proper etiquette for cap and gowns?
    A. Visit Herff Jones for more info on cap and gown etiquette.
  • Program

  •  Q. Will I be recognized individually?
    A. Yes, you will be asked to walk across the stage, announce your name and major, and you will receive a diploma cover.

    You will not receive your diploma at the ceremony; it will be ready approximately six months after graduation. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information on picking up your diploma in Room C107 or call (718) 482-5935.

     Q. Is there a broadcast of the commencement ceremony that can be viewed remotely?
    A. No, the commencement ceremony will not be televised, but pictures from the ceremony can be found on the home page of the College’s website, www.laguardia.edu and the College's social media pages -- Facebook/Twitter: LaGuardiaCC, #LAGCCGrad15


     Q. What if I have more questions about commencement and graduation?
    A. For more information regarding your graduation status, please visit the Registrar’s Office in Room C107 or call (718) 482-5935.

    For more information regarding the commencement ceremony, please visit the Office of Campus Life in Room M115, call (718) 482-5190 or email campuslife@lagcc.cuny.edu.

  • Parking

  •  Q. Where do I park?
    A. For maps and parking info, see the Directions page.