2021 Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Friday, June 4

Congratulations, Class of 2021! #QCCGRAD2021

Celebrating our 2021 Tiger Graduates

Ceremony events will include tributes to our graduates from President Dr. Christine Mangino, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Timothy G. Lynch, Faculty Leaders and special guest speakers.


In addition to hosting this special graduation ceremony here on the College website, Queensborough will be celebrating our graduates and guest speakers with live messaging on Twitter and Instagram during the commencement!


Graduates: Check your student email for how to participate in the June 4 virtual ceremony and a special free gift from the College!


Links to help you get ready for June 4:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the QCC graduation ceremony take place?
A: Queensborough Community College's 60 th Annual Commencement Ceremony will broadcasted on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:00 am.

Q: Will the ceremony be held in-person or online/virtually?
A: The ceremony will take place online/virtually.

Q: How long will the virtual commencement ceremony be?
A: You can expect the ceremony to last anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours, possibly shorter.

Q: How will I be notified about the ceremony?
A: Students who are eligible to graduate will receive an e-mail to their Office365 student e-mail account regarding ceremony details and how to participate in the virtual ceremony.

Q: How do I check my graduation status?
A: Check your graduation status and follow the steps outlined.

Q: What does my graduation status on CUNYFirst mean:
A: Visit the graduation status for a definition of your graduation status.

Q: I will be completing my degree requirements during the Summer 2021 semester, can I still participate in the virtual graduation ceremony?
A: Yes! Note : You must be registered for your Summer 2021 course(s) in order to be considered as an eligible candidate for Summer 2021 graduation. Students who complete their degree requirements at the conclusion of the Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 semester will be invited to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony. First, have a conversation with your academic adviser to make sure that you are indeed on track to complete your degree requirements during the Summer 2021 semester. If your adviser confirms this, contact the Office of Graduation Audit to inform them you intend on completing your degree requirements during the Summer 2021 semester. You can check your degree works dashboard as well.

Q: Can we submit a picture to be included in the yearbook?
A: Yes! Information regarding yearbook photo submission can be found online at /studentActivities/yearbookPortraits.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Your diploma will be ready for you a few months after you have been confirmed as a graduate of the college. Once your diploma is ready, you will receive an e-mail from the Registrar's Office informing you how it can be obtained.

Q: I graduated at the end of the Fall 2020/Winter 2021 semester, but my physical diploma is delayed because of COVID. I may need proof of graduation for either enrolling at another college or for a job. What can I do?
A: Students who need proof of graduation can either request their official transcript, download their unofficial transcript from CUNYFirst, or retrieve their enrollment verification letter from their CUNYFirst Student Center. Each of these three (3) documents will indicate your degree earned, degree conferral date, GPA, and major of study.

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions about the graduation ceremony that aren't answered here in this FAQ listing?
A: You can send an e-mail to us at Commencement@qcc.cuny.edu. In your e-mail, be sure to indicate your full name, 8-digit student ID#, and a detailed description of your inquiry. Please allow 1-2 business days for a response to your e-mail.

Q: Am I going to be able to submit my graduation picture to participate in the Virtual Ceremony?
A: Yes. The photo you submit for your graduation slide will be used as your “graduation photo” during the commencement. You will be able to upload a picture and a personal message beginning April 16. Check your student email for more information.

Q: When and How do we purchase the Cap and Gown before submitting the Picture for the Virtual Ceremony?
A: Class of 2021 graduates are eligible to receive a free cap & tassel to use in their picture for the virtual ceremony. Graduates should have already received an e-mail to their Office365 student e-mail account with instructions on how to request one. The last day to submit your request is Friday, April 16th by 11:59 pm. Graduates can still request a cap & tassel after the April 16th deadline date but, it is not a guarantee you will receive in time to submit your graduation slide by the May 14th deadline. Graduates also have the option to purchase a gown on their own on the Herff Jones website.

Q: Do we have options of purchasing any other graduation memorabilia (Rings, Diploma Frames, etc.)?
A: Yes! Graduates can purchase class rings, a diploma frame, etc. at Herff-Jones.

Q: What will be the last possible date to submit a slide for the virtual Ceremony?
A: The last day graduates can submit their graduation slide is Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Q: What happens if I miss the deadline of submitting my graduation slide for the virtual ceremony?
A: Graduates who do not submit their graduation slide by the deadline date of Friday, May 14, 2021 will not be acknowledged during the virtual graduation ceremony. However, they can still view their graduation slide on the commencement website.

Q: Will Queensborough refer students to a photography studio to have their graduation slide photo taken?
A: No. QCC will not refer students to a photography studio for their graduation slide photo. Graduates can utilize this option on their own should they wish to have a professional photograph taken and assume all responsibility for making sure their graduation slide is submitted by the Friday, May 14th deadline date.

Q: I am an eligible candidate for graduation but, I have not received the e-mail to request my free cap & tassel. Who can I contact to send it to me?
A: If you are an eligible candidate for graduation but, haven’t received the e-mail to request a free cap & tassel, e-mail us at Commencement@qcc.cuny.edu with your full name, 8-digit ID#, and a quick sentence saying you would like us to sent you the link to request a free cap & tassel. Once we receive your e-mail, we will provide you with the link.

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