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Commencement Ticket Distribution

Attention graduation candidates! Ticket Distribution is going on now in front of the Hunter College Bookstore! See more information about dates and times here.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many students are expected to graduate this spring?
How long is the ceremony?
If I am graduating and participating in the ceremony, do I need a ticket?
As a graduate, do I have to wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony?
How do I know if I am eligible to march?
Will my name be in the Commencement program?
Can I participate in the Commencement if I am completing my coursework in the Summer session?
Why don't students cross the stage at Commencement?
When will I get my diploma?
Should I wait to RSVP for or get commencement tickets if I'm not sure that I'll pass my courses or will have successfully completed my thesis?
Does my child need a ticket?
Can Hunter College help me get permission for my family member to enter the U.S. for the ceremony?
I have to show my employer that I am graduating so I can get the day off. Can I get a copy of the Commencement Program prior to the ceremony?


How many students are expected to graduate this spring?

Approximately 3000.
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How long is the ceremony?
The length of the ceremony can vary, but it is generally about three (3) hours in length.
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If I am graduating and participating in the ceremony, will I need a ticket?
No, graduates participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket. However, each guest attending the ceremony must bring his/her ticket.
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As a graduate, do I have to wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony?
Yes, all participating students must be robed. The various processions and seating of graduates and faculty in their colorful regalia are highlights of the commencement exercises. Click here for additional information on caps and gowns.
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How do I know if I am eligible to march?
See the Graduation Eligibility and Policies.
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Will my name be in the Commencement Program?
If you are completing your credits this semester, and wish to ensure that your name is included in the commencement program, you must submit a Degree Audit Application Form by April 10, 2014. Students who file after that date will not be guaranteed that their names will be in the program. Degree Audit Applications are available and must be submitted in the OASIS (HN 217). You may also obtain this form by clicking here.

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Can I participate in Commencement if I will complete my coursework in the Summer session?
If you have 6 or fewer credits to complete during the Summer 2014 sessions, you must complete your Grad RSVP and indicate you are a September candidate by April 10, 2014, if you would like your name to appear in the printed program.

**Please note, attending the commencement ceremony and inclusion in the commencement program merely indicates that an individual is a candidate for graduation, and may not be used as proof of completion of the degree requirements.

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Why don't students cross the stage at Commencement?
Our high number of graduates participating in the ceremony always makes our ceremonies lively, memorable and extremely well attended. However, to accommodate this high number of attendees, our students are acknowledged and graduated in groups (by school).
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When will I get my diploma?
As diplomas are not distributed during Commencement, they may be picked up at the Registrar's Office (HN 217) by graduates upon notification by the Registrar, whether or not you attend the ceremony. For additional information, please see the Degree Audit section of OneStop for Students.
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Should I wait to RSVP for commencement or get commencement tickets if I'm not sure that I'll pass my courses or will have successfully completed my thesis?
No, don't wait! Be sure to pick up your tickets (and bring the necessary documentation) by the dates listed.
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Does my child need a ticket?
Children, with the exception of infants and toddlers who can remain on an adults lap, must have a ticket. Security officers will enforce this policy.
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I have a family member in another country who would like to attend my commencement. Can Hunter College help me get permission for them to enter the U.S. for the ceremony?
Hunter College cannot arrange for entrance to the United States. However, you may email us at commencement@hunter.cuny.edu to obtain a letter stating that you are a candidate for graduation and that you will be attending the commencement ceremony. You must provide the US Consulate address for the city and country where your guest will be applying for a visitor's visa, your guest's name, address, passport number and relationship to you. Only the student graduating, with appropriate identification, may obtain this letter.
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I have to show my employer that I am graduating so I can get the day off. Can I get a copy of the Commencement Program prior to the ceremony?
No, the commencement programs are first available to graduates on the day of commencement. However, you may obtain a Degree Audit Application Status letter showing that you have applied for graduation from the Office of the Registrar (HN 217).
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What is "Commencement"?

"Commencement" refers to Hunter's graduation ceremony. Hunter hosts two graduation ceremonies each academic year - one for winter graduation candidates and one for spring graduation candidates.

 
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