• Commencement 2014
  • 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 2014.

     

    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 the 60 credits. You can check your progress online by using Degreeworks’ Student Advisement Degree Audit (accessible through the CUNY Portal and the My LaGuardia link on the website) or by seeing your advisor.

     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 2014 graduation?

    A.   April 29 is the last day to apply for Intent to Graduate for Spring 2014 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, we will contact you via mail about 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 2014 semester?
    A. Not at this time. The Spring 2014 commencement ceremony is open for Fall 2013 graduates and Spring 2014 potential graduates (filed “Intent to Graduate”) to participate.
     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 2014 - 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 2014 Commencement Ceremony?
    A. The Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony takes place on Thursday, June 5, 2014, At the Jacob Javits Center North, located at 608 West 40th Street and 11th Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

     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. Please arrive at the ceremony by 8:30 a.m.

     Q. Where do I go for processional line-up?
    A. Please use the entrances on West 39th or West 40th Streets and 11th Avenue where commencement marshals and volunteers will direct you to the graduate robing area in “The Link” to prepare you for the processional line-up.


     Q. Where should my guests go once they’ve arrived at the venue?
    A. Your family and friends can go directly into the Javits Center and take their seats. Doors open at 9 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 Javits Center. 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?
    Yes, but participating in the ceremony does not mean you have graduated this semester, and your name will not appear in the program. Please be sure to purchase a cap and gown in order to participate.
     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 2013.  If you applied for “Intent to Graduate” in Spring I or Spring II 2014, 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 can pick up your tickets on May 1 and May 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room E111; and on May 29 and May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room E-111.
     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 $34.00 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?
    A. The graduation cruise will take place:

    Friday, May 30, 2014
    Chelsea Piers, NY
    Boarding Time: 6 p.m.
    Departure Time: 7 p.m.
    Cost: $35/per person

    You may purchase tickets for the graduation cruise at the Bursar Window, Room C110. Bring your payment receipt to the Office of Campus Life in Room M115 to pick up your tickets. Your family and friends are welcome to join you on the cruise. For additional information on the cruise see cruise flyer.

  • 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


     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.

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