FAQ for Undergraduate Degree Graduates/Candidates 2016

What is the difference between commencement and graduation?

Commencement is the formal ceremony at which the college recognizes the completion, or anticipated completion, of students' academic degrees. Graduation is the individual student's completion of all the college's degree requirements.

How do I get commencement tickets?

From April 11 – May 1 eligible students must reserve tickets using our online commencement ticket reservation system. The system is available via the Brooklyn College Web Central Portal after you log in and click on either "Commencement Tickets" in the Shortcuts menu or on the link located under Student Announcements.

What if it rains on Commencement Day?

Commencement will be held, rain or shine, at an outdoor seating venue. Please come prepared for inclement weather.

How many tickets can I request?

You must request a graduate ticket for yourself. You can request a maximum of three guest tickets for the East Quadrangle and there is possibility of a maximum of two tickets in Whitman Hall for the live closed-circuit telecast of the ceremony. Entrance tickets for Whitman Hall will not give access to the East Quadrangle. The ceremony will also be streamed live on the college's commencement website.

Does my child need a ticket?

Children, with the exception of infants and toddlers who remain on an adult's lap, must have a ticket. Campus and Community Safety officers will enforce this policy. Children are not permitted to march or sit with the graduates.

Are there any items prohibited from the venue?

Graduates will not be admitted with balloons, signs or large containers.

Will there be any tickets for sale?

No, tickets are not for sale. Any student engaging in the selling of tickets may be subject to disciplinary action by the college.

Will there be a rehearsal for the ceremony?

No. Marshals will be providing directions on that day.

What if I'm late for the ceremony?

You are expected to be in your place on line at 8:30 a.m. If you are late, you may not be positioned within your correct school or department when the degrees are conferred. If your guests are late they may be seated in Whitman Hall.

What can I expect to take place during the ceremony?

The ceremony begins with processions into the East Quadrangle. There will be several speakers, followed by the conferring of degrees by school and departments within the schools.

Will my honors be recognized at the ceremony?

No. However, academic honors may be noted in the Commencement Program.

What should I do if I feel ill during the ceremony?

EMS will be on standby at designated locations. Consult with your marshal or a Campus and Community Safety officer.

Will there be any refreshments available?

Sorry, refreshments cannot be provided. Water will be made available.

Will my family be able to see me, and can they come up front to photograph me during the ceremony?

There will be large video screens near the guest areas so that graduates can be better seen by their family and friends. Audience members must remain seated during the ceremony.

Where can I get my Commencement Program?

The official Commencement Program will be available after the ceremony at designated sites around the campus.

What should I do if something comes up and I am not able to attend this year’s commencement ceremony?

A graduate is allowed tickets for only one commencement ceremony for each degree or certification. Once tickets are provided for that degree, the graduate's name is removed from any subsequent list for tickets. If you wish to maintain your option to attend a later ceremony, do not pick up tickets for this year’s ceremony. However, if you should pick up tickets but are unable to attend, be sure to return them to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to maintain your option to attend a future commencement.

When can I pick up my diploma?

The Office of the Registrar notifies graduates by e-mail when diplomas are available. Please ensure that your e-mail is updated in CUNYfirst. For more information, please contact the Enrollment Services Center via e-mail at ESC@brooklyn.cuny.edu.