Is Commencement the same as Graduation Day?
Yes, Commencement is the actual ceremony held to recognize students who will have completed their degree requirements by August 2022.
When is Commencement?
We are hosting Commencement on Wednesday, June 15th. There will be two ceremonies -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We will announce closer to June which schools are assigned to each ceremony.
How do I make sure my name is correct on my diploma?
Candidates who will fulfill their degree requirements at the end of the current semester will receive an email with instructions to complete the Degree Candidate Verification Form, which is where you can double-check the spelling of your name.
When and how do I order my cap and gown?
We have partnered with a company called Oak Hall for the caps and gowns. Here is the link to our graduation shop on their website:
Please note: May 20th was the deadline to order your cap and gown for on-time delivery and no rush shipping charge.
I heard that President Jerome gives shout-outs during his speech to family members graduating together. How do I make sure my family member and I get on that list?
Yes, he does! Please email Jackie Ruegger (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Will my name be read at the ceremony?
Yes! Every graduate will have their name announced as they walk across the stage. (How exciting is that?!)
Are students who finished their degree requirements in December 2021 allowed to walk in the June Commencement ceremony? What about students who won’t finish until August?
Yes! If you finished at the end of the Fall 2021 semester, you are welcome to participate in Commencement in June. Students taking their final classes during the Spring semester walk as well, as do those who finished at the end of the Winter semester.
Are online students eligible to walk in Commencement?
Are St. Lucia graduates included in the New York ceremony?
The St. Lucia campus holds its own Commencement in October.
Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?
No. Diplomas will be available for pick up in approximately 2-3 months after your degree requirements are completed. The Registrar will send a letter and an email once they are available.
Who do I contact if I have special needs (i.e. mobility, hearing, other) should I choose to participate in the ceremony?
Please contact Jackie Ruegger in the President’s Office at email@example.com.
Will there be a photographer?
Yes, a professional photographer will be on hand to take a picture as you walk across the stage and shake the hand of President Jerome or Chairman Jerome. An additional photo opportunity will be available on site. You will receive information in the mail from the vendor after the ceremony about obtaining copies of your pictures.
Will the ceremony be videotaped?
Yes, the College will be videotaping Commencement. Later in the summer, we will share a highlights video showcasing special moments from both ceremonies.
What is Grad Fest and when is it?
Grad Fest -- the event that we used to call Grad Finale -- is where you will pick up your guest tickets, as well as important information for you and your guests about arriving at Radio City Music Hall. While there, you’ll also be able to join the Alumni Association, check in with Career Services, and purchase graduation mementos. Due to COVID, Grad Fest will not be held this year.
Latin Award Ceremonies
When are the academic awards ceremonies held?
Students graduating with Latin honors will be celebrated at virtual events in June. Invitations were sent by Academic Affairs to those graduates whose final cumulative GPA results in graduating with cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude honors.
When will King Graduate School hold its Hooding & Award ceremony?
The virtual event will be held June 14th.