When is this year’s commencement?
Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Graduates must arrive at rehearsal at 9:00am; the ceremony starts at 10:00am sharp. 

Where is this year’s commencement?
The Cooper Union, in Manhattan’s East Village at 7 East 7th St., between 3rd and 4th Avenues. The building you will be looking for is called the Foundation Building. For directions and a map go to http://www.cooper.edu/about/contact

Who is eligible to participate?
September 2017 graduates, January 2018 graduates, potential June 2018 graduates and potential September 2018 graduates.

How much does it cost?
$50.00. This covers the cost of your cap, gown, stole, tassel, program book, and other fees. You get to keep the cap, gown, stole and tassel. If you are renting a black cap/gown from your home college, you can use that attire and in that case, the cost is $35.00 (you will receive a CUNY BA tassel and stole). A check or money order is preferred (if that is not possible, you can bring cash to the office).

How do I sign up? What is the deadline?
Students eligible to participate (based on their graduation audit) will register here. The due date is April 20 2017. If you apply to attend after April 23, you must pay an additional $15.00 processing fee. Full refunds are possible up until April 30. After May 1, refunds of 20% are possible.

What if I miss the deadline?
Because we order the caps and gowns from a company in Virginia and do not maintain a stock of them, we urge you to apply by April 20. If you miss that date, you can submit your materials, including an additional $15 processing fee. We cannot accommodate requests to participate after May 11.

Is there an invitation that I can send my guests?
Yes! Just copy this image and share it over email or social media.


Is there a reception after the ceremony?
No, but you and your guests may remain in the hall to greet friends and to take pictures.

How many guests can I bring?  What about tickets?
No tickets are required. The Great Hall seats over 900 people. There is standing room in the back of the Great Hall if needed. Seating at the Great Hall, on a first-come, first-seated basis, beginning at 9:00am.

Can Children attend?
Children are welcome as long as they remain with a responsible adult (other than you) for the entire ceremony and are able to sit quietly. It is best to keep young children, toddlers, and infants who may not be able to sit quietly through the ceremony at home. The acoustics in the auditorium are such that even a mildly whimpering child will be disruptive!  Childcare arrangements are not available.

I will have elderly or disabled guest(s)– are there special seating arrangements?
The Cooper Union is wheelchair accessible; guests who require special seating are advised to arrive at the Great Hall at 9am. Special seating will be available to accommodate disabilities; ask attendants when entering the hall.

I have friends/family out of the country; they will need non-immigrant visas to get here. What should I do?
If you need a letter from our office to a foreign embassy or consulate requesting permission for family members or friends to travel to the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa for the ceremony, please put your request in writing to Jean Myers, CUNY BA Administrative Assistant with this information: full name(s) of relative/friend, relationship to you, name and the mailing address of the embassy/consulate. If you are unable to find out the name and address of the embassy or consulate to which this information should be sent, refer to http://usembassy.state.gov/. We will prepare this letter for you to mail or fax to the embassy. Make your request now as there can be long waits for visas.

How long will the ceremony be?
Usually about two hours long (ending around Noon).

Will my faculty mentor be invited?
We will send invitations to Faculty Mentors, but a personal invitation from you will be much more meaningful, so visit, email or call your Mentor and ask him/her to attend. (Mentors who wish to participate in the academic procession will have to submit a reply form to CUNY BA.)

When and where will I get my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns will be distributed from the CUNY BA office around late May. In mid-May, students will receive detailed instructions by email about cap and gown pick up.

What’s the difference between graduating and commencement?
Commencement is a ceremony. For CUNY BA, it takes place once a year, in June, to which the prior September and January and upcoming June and September graduates are invited.  

  • Graduation indicates the completion of all degree requirements and the conferral of your degree as follows:
  • Students who complete their degree requirements in the fall semester become January graduates;
  • Students who complete their degree requirements in the spring semester become June graduates;
  • Students who complete their degree requirements in the summer semester become September graduates.

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?
No. Diplomas take several months to produce. Students will be contacted by mail about picking up their diploma (at the program office).  

Will we take graduation photos? Is there a yearbook?
We have arranged for a professional photographer to take photos of each student crossing the stage and students can buy them after the ceremony. There is no yearbook or video.

Do we have class rings?
Yes. Contact the Balfour Company 1- 877-BALFOUR (225-3687). CUNY BA’s account is BK06334-10.