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Degree Audit and Graduation FAQs

1. When should I apply for graduation?

You can apply as early as the final weeks of your penultimate semester. Students are advised to apply for graduation within the first two weeks of the semester they intend to graduate. There is no set deadline, but graduations are posted in the order received. The sooner you apply the better.

Degree Audit Division is no longer back-dating graduation. Applications for prior terms will not be accepted. Please check on the School of Education's announcement section for deadline dates for degree audit application forms (DAAFs). See Answer to Question 10 if you are unable to complete the requirements of your program to graduate after you applied for graduation.


2. Can I apply for graduation online through CUNYfirst?

Applying for graduation online through your CUNYfirst account is filing an intent to graduate. Currently this link is closed. All graduating students must APPLY FOR GRADUATION by completing the Degree Audit Application Form (DAAF) and turning it in to Room 1000W.


3. What is commencement?

Commencement is the ceremony on the day your degree is conferred. The date of commencement is your graduation date, but this may not necessarily be the date that your graduation will be officially posted by the Office of the Registrar. More information on commencement ceremony can be found on the Commencement page.


4. What do you mean by graduation posting? How does this affect recommendation for certification?

The Degree Audit Division of the Registrar's office is responsible for the final audit of your degree and they will officially post your graduation on your record. This means your record will show the degree conferred and the date of graduation. You can see this on your unofficial transcript from ESIMS. We cannot recommend you for certification until your graduation has posted. If you see your finals grades on your record but your degree has not yet posted, you can follow up with degree audit for the status of your degree posting.


5. Can I participate in spring commencement if I am taking my last course in the following summer?

If you take 6 or fewer credits in the summer, you are eligible for spring commencement. If you take more than 6 credits, you can participate in the fall commencement. In order to participate you must RSVP before the deadline date. There is no summer commencement. Visit the Commencement page for more details.


6. How do I know that my graduation has officially posted?

Log in to your CUNYfirst acount. Go to Self-Service -> Degree Process/Graduation -> View Grad Status. You may see updates such as "Applied" or "Pending". Once your graduation is posted, you will no longer see "View Grad Status" as an option. You should check your unofficial transcript (under Self Service -> Academic Records) to see your degree conferred.

If you have questions about your graduation status or CUNYfirst message regarding your graduation, email


7. Will I be certified on time if I graduate in the summer?

Summer graduates are eligible for fall certification with a graduation date of September 1. Even if your graduation is posted after September 1, you are still eligible for fall certification. Certificates may be issued later, but the certification date will still be September 1. Students should take their final courses in the first summer session to avoid unnecessary delays in certification.


8. My graduation has not posted yet but I have finished everything. What should I do?

It takes time for Degree Audit to review all graduation applications, so please be patient. Contact Degree Audit via email at if you have specific questions about your graduation.


9. If I am graduating this semester, when do I need to complete my technology competencies, subject comp exams, portfolio and/or any IN grades I have?

At the absolute latest, you have until the graduation day to complete all requirements of your program including any comp exams, portfolios or IN grades. This will likely delay your graduation posting and delay recommendations for certification. You should complete these requirements earlier in your final semester. Keep in mind that if you submit work that is unacceptable, you must turn in acceptable work before graduation date otherwise you will not be eligible for graduation.


10. I applied for graduation but I will not finish everything on time. What do I do?

If you submitted a DAAF that was already approved by the School of Education, you need to contact degree audit and find out if they can roll over the graduate term of your application or if you must re-apply for graduation. You must maintain matriculation for the semester in which you apply to graduate. You can do this by taking at course at Hunter College (or another CUNY through e-permit) or paying the maintenance of matriculation fee. You only have to maintain matriculation in your final semester.

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