FAQ for Master's 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.

How many tickets can I request?

You must request a graduate ticket for yourself and may request a maximum of three guest tickets. 

Are extra tickets available?

While we understand that your graduation from Brooklyn College is a memorable occasion in your life, unfortunately due to limited theater seating, we cannot provide extra tickets. You may wish to consult with your classmates or peers, as some graduates may not be utilizing their allocated tickets. The graduate ticket does not give access to guest seating areas.

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.

Will there be any tickets for sale?

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

What happens if I lose my tickets?

Unfortunately, lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced.

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 one hour before the ceremony begins. If you are late, you may be positioned outside your school and degree category.

What can I expect to take place during the ceremony?

The ceremony begins with processions into Whitman Hall. There will be several speakers, followed by the graduates walking across the staging area to shake hands with their school dean, President Gould and Provost Tramontano while their name, degree and program are called. Your name, degree and program are noted on a reader card (that you receive when you pick up your tickets), which you hand to the reader. The ceremony concludes with the conferring of degrees.

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

EMS will be on standby at designated locations. Consult with your marshal.

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

The entire ceremony is projected on a large screen in the theater. Audience members must remain seated so that all guests may see their graduate. A professional photographer will be taking photos of each graduate as they proceed along the staging area to shake hands with President Gould; these photos will be available to the graduate.

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.