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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 2019.
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.
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.
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 Audit
, by seeing an advisor on your
When should I apply for graduation?
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. However, the deadline to register for “Intent to Graduate” has passed.
When is the deadline to apply for June 2019 graduation?
A. April 4, 2019 is the last day to
apply for Intent to Graduate
for Spring 2019 graduation. All students who have submitted their Intent to Graduate application before the deadline will be able to participate in commencement.
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.
Can I participate in this commencement ceremony even if I won't graduate until the Fall 2019 semester?
A. Not at this time. The 2019 commencement ceremony is open for Fall 2018 graduates and Spring 2019 potential graduates (filed “Intent to Graduate”) to participate. Note: Students who graduated in Spring 2018 can also participate in the 2019 commencement ceremony, but their names will not be included in the program booklet.
I applied for Intent to Graduate; can I participate in the commencement ceremony?
A. Yes, if you applied for Intent to Graduate for Spring 2019 - Session I & II, then 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.
page for cap & gown pickup information.
I am LaGuardia alumna/alumnus; can I participate in the commencement ceremony?
A. The College often gets requests for participation from alumni who missed the commencement ceremony for their graduation year. Although we would like to accommodate everyone, priority is given to those who are scheduled to graduate from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019. Alumni who graduated prior to Fall 2018 can contact Campus Life to see if accommodations are possible.
What time do I have to arrive at the ceremony?
arrive at 7:30 a.m.
completely robed in gown, hood, cap and tassel at the Dean Street entrance (on the corner of Flatbush Avenue) for lineup. Graduates will enter the waiting area and will be greeted by college volunteers and Barclays Center staff who will direct them in proper position for the processional which will
begin sharply at 9:00 a.m.
- You will not be allowed to participate without proper academic attire.
Where do I go for processional lineup?
A. Once you enter the waiting area, you will be greeted by College volunteers and Barclays staff who will direct you in the proper position for the processional which will
begin sharply at 9:00 a.m.
Where should my guests go once they've arrived at the venue?
A. Guests should enter at the main entrace (620 Atlantic Avenue) and proceed directly to their seats in the arena.
Family members and guests should be seated in the Barclays Center no later than 9:00 a.m. Anyone arriving after 9:00 a.m. will not be allowed to enter until after the graduates have been seated. Please be aware that if you leave the center, you will not be permitted to re-enter. The ceremony and procession will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately four (4) hours.
Will there be a rehearsal for the ceremony?
A. No, there will not be a rehearsal for the ceremony.
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.
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. All bags will be subject to search. Cameras of all sorts are permitted.
Will I be recognized individually?
Yes, all participants will announce their names as they walk in.
Your name will appear in the commencement program if you graduated in Fall I or Fall II 2018. If you applied for “Intent to Graduate” in Spring I or Spring II 2019, 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
page for cap & gown pickup information.
In addition, you will not receive your diploma at the ceremony; you will be notified when it is ready for pickup 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.
How many guests can I invite?
A. Graduates will be given five (5) tickets for their family and friends. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for best seating.
need a ticket for yourself! Your cap and gown will serve as your ticket.
Can I get additional tickets?
A. Each graduate automatically receives five (5) guest tickets on the day their major is assigned to pick up regalia. Extra tickets are no longer available.
How do I request a graduation invitation letter for family outside the United States?
A. Each If you are an international student who would like to request a graduation invitation letter for family outside the United States, you can visit the International Student Services Office in Room B-117 and complete the International Student Office Letter Request form. If you are unable to visit the office, call 718-482-5145 or email
If you are a domestic student who would like to request the letter for family outside the country, you will need to complete the Enrollment Verification Request form. Please visit the Registrar’s Office in Room C-107 or email Yingji Jin at
Graduation Attire and Activities
Do I have to pay for my cap and gown?
A. Yes, the cap and gown is $36 and can be purchased online. Visit the
page for more info. You must wear a cap and gown in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.
- Please pick be sure to pick up your cap and gown by May 24.
Where can I pick up my cap and gown?
A. See details on the
page for cap and gown pickup information. The colors of the graduation attire are black for the cap and gown and red and white for the hood and tassel. <
Which side does my tassel go on?
A. Before graduating, the tassel should be on your right. After graduating, move it to your left.
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:
Where do I take my graduation portraits?
A. Graduation portrait dates have passed.
What is the proper etiquette for cap and gowns?
for more info on cap and gown etiquette.
Is there a broadcast of the commencement ceremony that can be viewed remotely?
A. The commencement ceremony will not be televised, but a live stream will be available. Also, pictures from the ceremony can be found on the College's social media pages