59th Commencement Ceremony

May 29, 2020

Graduation Requirements Graduation Day Faculty & HEO Information

You are invited to be part of the 59th Commencement Ceremony at Queensborough Community College! This important event is open to all students who completed their degree requirements in January 2020 or are candidates for graduation in June 2020/August 2020.

The 59th Commencement Exercise at Queensborough Community College will take place on Friday, May 29, 2020 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.

Graduation Requirements

Student Information

Graduation is a formal occasion, please dress appropriately. 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.

Students are requested to arrive by 8 am.

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/Mobile Devices: As a courtesy to our graduates and guests, please silence all mobile phones, tablets and any other noise-making electronic devices during the Commencement Ceremony. Absolutely No Selfies while walking across the stage.

For more information regarding Commencement, e-mail Commencementinfo@qcc.cuny.edu

Students marching into commencement Students under the tent at commencement

Order Your Cap and Gown

You may purchase your cap and gown from the Barnes & Noble / Queensborough Bookstore beginning March 16th. The earlier you order, the better your chances to have a robe that fits you comfortably. The costs of your cap and gown is $54.50 and may be paid by cash, credit card, check or money order payable to Barnes and Noble. Payment must be made at time of purchase. The bookstore is open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 am. until 2 p.m. For more information, call the bookstore at (718) 631-4200.

Purchasing your cap and gown is confirming your attendance for commencement. Family and friends are welcome, no tickets needed. All are welcome.

Note: During the College's spring break (April 8 through 16), the bookstore will be closed.

Graduates: Show your cap and gown receipt to receive a 20% discount on the latest QCC gear at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

three female students in caps and gowns at commencement

Graduation Day

The 59th Commencement Exercises at Queensborough Community College will take place on Friday, May 29, 2020 on the College’s Athletic Field.

You have worked hard to make this day a reality. That is why you want to make this day a wonderful and memorable one for you, your family and your classmates.


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!

Schedule of Events for the 59th Commencement Ceremony

8 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal and Robing in the Medical Arts Building

9 a.m.: Line-up for PROCESSIONAL to Athletic Field

10 a.m.: COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY (The Ceremony is expected to run approximately two hours)

12 Noon: Meet & Greet by Academic Departments

Meet & Greet

Following the official ceremony, faculty from each academic department will gather to greet and congratulate the graduates of their programs. Please plan to bring your family and guests to the appropriate area to meet your faculty and friends. Department areas will be identifiable by banners spanning the far edge of the Athletic Field.

Things You Should Know

Guests are advised to arrive by 9:30 a.m. so that they may secure seating. For the safety of everyone, under no circumstance will children of any age be permitted to sit with the graduates or cross the stage with the graduates. Thank you for your understanding.

To ensure the safety of those attending Commencement, backpacks and large bags or packages are prohibited from the area, and all bags are subject to search.

Rain or Inclement Weather

The graduation ceremony will take place Rain or Shine. As stated above, seating is limited. Remind your guests to arrive early and be prepared for the weather.

People With Disabilities

A sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired will be on stage during the commencement ceremony.

If any of your guests need handicap seating or other accommodations, please call Ms. Annette Lazaro at 718-631-6314. We will do everything possible to make this event as comfortable as possible for you and your guests.

In the event of a medical emergency, the College nurse will be in attendance in the First Aid tent, which will be located by the far side of the Athletic Field, behind the goal post.


Free parking will be available in all campus lots. Please be advised that space is limited. Plan to allow extra time to locate a space and walk to the Athletic Field.

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.

Faculty/HEO Information

The Deadline to order academic attire is: Tuesday April 21, 2020.

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/HEO 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 before Tuesday, April 21.

2. Pick Up Cap & Gown
Friday, May 29 - 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Kupferberg Holocaust Center.

3. Return Cap & Gown
Friday, May 29 immediately following the ceremony in the Kupferberg Holocaust Center OR Return it to the vendor at your own expense!

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.