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Information on academic regalia, including caps and gowns, class rings, portraits and more!

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Number of Tickets, Distribution Dates and Times

Each graduate who has completed the Grad RSVP by the deadline of April 14,2016, will receive two (2) Theater at Madison Square Garden tickets for the Commencement Ceremony. Students who rsvp after April 14 through May 6, 2016 will receive two (2) Theater at Madison Square Garden tickets BUT will be noted as late rsvps and your names will not appear in the printed program. 

Tickets will be distributed on the following dates and times in the Hunter College Bookstore (1st Floor, Hunter West):

  • Monday, May 16 through Thursday, May 19, 2016
    10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday, May 20, 2016
    10:00am - 3:00pm (NOTE DIFFERENT TIME)
  • Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25, 2016
    10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016
    10:00 - 3:00pm (NOTE DIFFERENT TIME)

Tickets will be available ONLY on the above dates and at the times indicated. No exceptions.

To pick up your tickets, you will need:

  • To have completed your Grad RSVP Form (by 11:59pm on Friday, May 6, 2016)
  • A copy of your Grad RSVP Form confirmation email (if you RSVP'd by the deadlne, you can obtain another copy of this via your MyHunter page, under the 'My Info' section)
  • Your photo ID; and
  • Cap & gown proof of purchase (receipt, etc.)

If you are unable to personally pick up your tickets, you may have someone pick them up for you. They are required to have:

  • A photo ID;
  • A copy of your Grad RSVP form confirmation email;
  • A photo copy of your ID;
  • A letter of authorization from you; and
  • Cap & gown proof of purchase (receipt, etc.)

Unfortunately, tickets cannot be guaranteed to individuals who do not complete the Commencement Attendance Response Form by the May 6, 2016 deadline. Student participants who do not complete the Grad RSVP form by the deadline, will need to visit Ticket Distribution (as indicated above), and complete a standby ticket request form. Tickets, if available, will be distributed at the end of ticket distribution.

Commencement Ticket Lottery (for one additional ticket)

Additional tickets (if available) will be distributed by lottery only. To be entered into the lottery, please indicate that you wish to be entered on your Grad RSVP form. If you have already completed this form, and are unsure of whether you requested to be entered, you may check in any of the following ways: 

You will be notified on Thursday, May 26, 2016 via email, if your name is drawn as a ticket winner. Location and pick up details will be emailed to the ticket winners at their myhunter email.




Academic regalia - caps, gowns, tassels and hoods - must be worn by all candidates participating and may be ordered at Commencement Countdown, April 14, or later at the Hunter College Bookstore in May.


huntergrad6Bachelor's degree candidates (all items required for participation):
Bachelor Unit (cap, gown, tassel): $40.00
Bachelor Hood:                              $29.00
*Total:                                             $69.00

Master's degree candidates (all items required for participation):
Master Unit (cap, gown, tassel):  $43.00
Master Hood:                               $34.00
Graduate Honor Cord:                 $13.00
*Total:                                          $90.00

*10% discount to students who purchase a cap and gown at Commencement Countdown!

For more information, contact the Bookstore. The last day to purchase these items is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Candidates' tassels correspond to their academic schools. Please be ready to provide this information at the time of purchase.

  • School of Arts and Sciences: White tassel
  • School of Education: Light Blue tassel
  • School of Health Professions: Kelly Green tassel
  • School of Nursing: Apricot tassel
  • School of Social Work: Citron tassel





Class Rings will be available for purchase at Commencement Countdown. For more information, contact the Bookstore.




You may have your senior portrait taken at Commencement Countdown. Thornton Photographers will also be on campus before this in the West Lobby. Please contact them at 212-647-1966 to set up an appointment in advance (however, if you choose to have your portrait taken during Commencement Countdown, you do not need to make an appointment). Students who do not have an appointment will be accommodated whenever possible.




For information on the Wistarion Hunter College Yearbook, visit the yearbook website.


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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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