The Staten Island Commencement Ceremony will be held on
Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 10 a.m. on the Great
Lawn, rain or shine.
- Students who have been deemed eligible to participate in
Commencement by their respective dean’s office may register to
attend Commencement. Students who are unsure whether they have
fulfilled all academic requirements should contact their dean’s
- Graduates must register and order academic attire in order to
attend and participate in the ceremony.
- All graduates should plan to attend the ceremony.
- Guests and graduates are expected to remain at the ceremony
until the conclusion and the recessional.
- Wearing academic attire (cap, gown and hood) is both
traditional and required for participation in the Commencement
Ceremony. The graduate's academic attire will serve to admit
him/her to the assembly location and ceremony.
- All graduates must order academic attire. Academic attire is
ordered when you register for Commencement on the University Information
System. Academic attire is picked up at Academic Attire
- There is no charge for academic attire and students may keep
their attire as a souvenir gift from St. John’s University.
- For attire under your gown, dress with an eye to comfort and
the weather. Low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the
Great Lawn. Sunglasses and hats could also prove useful.
Ceremony Photography and
- Guests will not be able to approach the stage area and graduate
seating area prior to the start of the ceremony or for the duration
of the ceremony for any reason, including photography and
- There will be professional photographers from Grad Images
taking photographs of the graduates. Click here for details.
- The ceremony will be captured on video and a DVD will be made
available to graduates after the ceremony. Click here for details.
- Great care has been taken to ensure the ceremony is completed
as quickly and as smoothly as possible. The ceremony is expected to
last approximately 1 ½ hours. Graduates and guests are asked to
show respect for all of their fellow classmates and are expected to
remain until the end of the ceremony.
- The Office of Public Safety will collect and hold any items
that are lost and found during the Commencement Ceremony. If you
need to report or find a lost item, please see a Public Safety
- The dean for Student Affairs advises graduates that the
University will not hesitate to take serious disciplinary actions
against students for alcohol abuse, destruction of property or
other violations of University policy during graduation activities
or Commencement ceremonies.
Ticket and Seating
- All guests are required to present a ticket to attend the
Commencement ceremony. Children under the age of two do not require
a ticket; however, they must sit on an adult's lap.
- Seating for guests is on a first-come, first-served basis. As
the ceremony is heavily attended, we recommend that family members
arrive early and be seated on the lawn by 8:45 a.m. on Saturday
- Seats cannot be saved by any means other than someone sitting
in the seat.
- Each graduate participating in the Staten Island Commencement
ceremony will receive five (5) tickets.
- Tickets are only available for pick up only during Academic
- Lost or stolen tickets must be reported to the Office of Public
Safety. Tickets that have been reported as lost or stolen,
will be voided and guests with voided tickets will not be permitted
to enter the ceremony. You must provide a copy of a Public
Safety report in order to have tickets reissued.
- Tickets are also required for the Baccalaureate Mass and Family
Dessert Reception. Click
here for more information.
- To enter the simulcast location (DaSilva Academic Center),
guests must show their general admission tickets.
Yearbooks and Senior
- Undergraduate students will receive a copy of the Yearbook at
the same time they pick up their diplomas from the dean’s
- For more information regarding Yearbooks, please contact
Student Affairs at (718) 390-4131.
- For more information regarding Senior Portraits, please contact
Denise Forgione at (718) 390-4444.
- Please note that yearbooks apply only to undergraduate