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Do You Have a Compelling Story?

Share it at Commencment!

At commencement, President Jennifer Raab shines a spotlight on a few extraordinary graduates and the incredible challenges they have overcome to make it to commencement. You may have surmounted steep financial hills, or found ways to leap past language and cultural hurdles that would have stopped others. You may have reached the finish line despite significant physical or health challenges.

Stories of success like these symbolize a legacy of triumph and form a memorable centerpiece of the President's Commencement speech.

If you are graduating in Fall 2016 or Winter 2017, we invite you to be a part of this distinguished tradition!

What is a compelling story?

Recent honored graduates have included:

  • A Vietnamese student who survived years in refugee camps, worked full-time at a hardware store to support his family as an undergraduate, graduated with a 4.0, and was awarded a full PhD scholarship to Harvard.
  • A single mom who held down two jobs and took care of her ailing grandmother while successfully pursuing her dreams to become an astrophysicist.
  • A deaf social work student from the Dominican Republic who came to the U.S. without knowing English or sign language, and went on to earn a master's degree, and a 4.0 GPA.

Deadline: Monday, January 9

To become a candidate for commencement spotlight, visit our website and fill out the form. Then write 2-3 paragraphs describing your challenges and how you overcame them to achieve your degree, and email it to


Commencement Ticket Distribution

Each graduate who has completed their Grad RSVP prior to the deadline of December 30, 2016 at 11:59pm will receive two (2) Hunter College Assembly Hall tickets and one (1) for the Kaye Playhouse, where the ceremony will be broadcast live.

Ticket Distribution Dates and Times:


January 9

10:00 am - 7:00 pm


January 10

10:00 am - 7:00 pm


January 11

10:00 am - 7:00 pm


January 12

10:00 am - 7:00 pm


January 13

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

---- note different time!

Place: Hunter College Bookstore (1st Floor, Hunter West, 68th Street Campus)

Commencement Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Place: North Assembly Hall


Personalize your Graduation Cap

Get Crafty at the Cap Docoration Station!

Need an idea? Thank the people and things that got you through four years of college, or two years of your graduate program. Give the Class of 2017 an inspiring quote! Tell everyone about your career, or just celebrate having made it! We've got lots of colors, foam letters, acrylics, and for extra bling, jewels, boas, and piles of glitter!

Place: Hunter College bookstore, 1st Floor, West Building

Date: January 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date: January 10
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date: January 11
Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Note: we will start closing up at 6:45)


Got a Great Idea?

Pitch it at the CUNY Startup Accelerator

Pitch your business idea for a chance to join the Startup Accelerator in Spring 2017. Receive an investment of up to $5,000 with 0% equity requirement, co-work in a cool space with other NYC entrepreneurs and visit tech companies such as Etsy, Wix, Google, Kickstarter, Gust, BuzzFeed.

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Baruch Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave, Room 14-245

For more information and to register, please visit our website.


If your program, event or opportunity for Hunter students is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, please submit your announcement here.