You are invited to be part of the 55th Commencement Ceremony at Queensborough Community College! This important event is open to all students who completed their degree requirements in January 2016 or are candidates for graduation in June 2016/August 2016.

The 55th Commencement Exercise at Queensborough Community College will take place on Friday, June 3, 2016 on the College’s Athletic Field.

To ensure the safety of all those attending our commencement exercises, all bags and packages entering the area are subject to search.

Watch the Commencement live stream at 10am on June 3!

Graduation Requirements

Student Information

  1. PURCHASE YOUR CAP AND GOWN (Price: $52.50)
    • Go to the Barnes and Noble bookstore on campus: 718-631-4200
      Store Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Academic attire will be sold beginning in March 2016.
      Note: During the College's spring break (April 22 to April 30), hours will be limited and we suggest you call for information.
      Graduates: Show your cap and gown receipt to receive a 20% discount on the latest QCC gear at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

  2. All Graduates must report to the Lobby of the Medical Arts Building at 8 a.m. SHARP! on June 3, 2016
    • There is no rehearsal in advance of this event. Your punctual attendance in the Medical Arts Building is required so that you and your fellow graduates can prepare and practice for the actual graduation ceremony. Do not be late!

Family and Guests should proceed directly to the athletic field and be seated by 9:30 a.m.


Graduation is a formal occasion. Graduates should wear dark shoes, dresses or appropriate suits with their caps and gowns. Note: As the ceremony takes place on the athletic field, it is suggested that graduates refrain from wearing high heel shoes.

Graduates typically wear tassels on the right front side before degrees are conferred.

Graduation stoles are permitted only for Phi Theta Kappa members. No other stoles are permitted.

NOTE: Diploma covers, not actual diplomas, are given out during the graduation ceremony. Graduates will be receiving diplomas by the end of the next semester. Notifications will be sent to students that their diplomas are ready for pick up.

USE OF CELL PHONES: As a courtesy to our graduates and guests, please turn off all cell phones, pagers and any other noise-making electronic devices during the Commencement Ceremony. Absolutely NO SELFIES while walking across the stage.


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For more information regarding Commencement, e-mail

Faculty/HEO Information

The Deadline to order academic attire is: May 2, 2016

Faculty and Non-Teaching Instructional Staff Information:

1. Order Cap & Gown
Academic attire can be ordered directly from the Herff Jones Company through the following link:
Faculty Attire

Note: If you have your own academic attire and plan to march, it is important that you notify Annette Lazaro in the Office of Student Affairs at 718-631-6314

2. Pick Up Cap & Gown
Friday, June 3 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Holocaust Resource Center

3. Return Cap & Gown
Friday, June 3 immediately following the ceremony in the Holocaust Resource Center OR Return it to the vendor at your own expense!


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