Congratulations, you special day is coming soon!


Our ceremony is a moving, wonderful experience. Each graduate will cross the stage to receive a letter of congratulations. We are sure you will want to be there with your family and friends.

Important Information

Eligibility for Graduation

CUNY BA students, if you are planning on attending the commencement ceremony on Monday, June 3, 2019, you have to be part of one of these (potential) graduating classes:

  • September 2018 graduate
  • January 2019 graduate
  • Potential June 2019 graduate (deadline to complete graduation audit is March 1st)
  • Potential September 2019 graduate
If you fall into these categories you are eligible to participate in CUNY BA’s commencement ceremony. If you are unsure about whether or not you qualify for graduation, be sure to meet with your academic advisor ASAP and go over graduation requirements. Students must have completed a graduation audit in order to be eligible.

Dates to Remember:

  • Commencement Registration and payment – due by Sunday, May 12th
  • Request for Foreign Embassy / Consulate Letter – due Friday, April 19th
  • Alumni Awards Application – due Friday, May 10th (if you’re applying)
  • Awards & Graduate School Info  – due Friday, May 10th

Sign up to Participate!

All students wishing to participate in commencement must register, submit the required information and pay the $70.00 fee by May 12, 2019. If you are renting a black cap and gown for your home college’s ceremony, you may use the same attire for our event; in that case, your fee will be $55.00. Either way, you must register and pay in order to participate in the ceremony. If you do not submit your cap and gown order on time, we may not be able to order the required attire for you.

We will send an email in May with details about picking up the cap and gown, diplomas, etc.

Honors and Awards

One of the many things that make our commencement extraordinary is the opportunity we have to recognize each graduate; each will come to the stage to receive the letter of congratulations. In reading the names of the graduates, some of the honors and awards you have earned will be mentioned. In order to do so, we need to know what your honors are (from CUNY and beyond). We would also like to know who has been accepted to graduate school already and who has received raises, promotions or new employment opportunities as a result of earning this degree. Dr. Hartswick will use some specific examples in his Commencement remarks. Please complete this form by May 10th.

Participation at Home College

We know that many of you feel a strong bond to your home campus so we’re glad to remind you that you are eligible to participate in your home college commencement in addition to the CUNY BA ceremony. In March, our Registrar sends the names of graduates and potential graduates to the senior colleges. (Note: some colleges do not allow upcoming September graduates to walk in June; CUNY BA does.) If you have questions about your home college’s commencement please contact your home college directly. You will be responsible for identifying the office on campus that handles arrangements and signing yourself up.


Commencement Registration

All students wishing to participate in commencement must register and pay for their cap and gown via Eventbrite by May 12th.

  • If you are renting a black cap and black gown for your home college’s ceremony, you may use the same attire for our event; in that case, your fee will be $55.00 (you’ll get a CUNY BA sash and tassel).
  • If you need all of the commencement attire (black cap and gown, sash and tassel), your fee will be $70.

You will receive an email in mid-May with details about picking up the cap and gown, diplomas, directions to the Graduate Center, etc. Details will also be posted on our website.

For general questions contact Ana or Nicholas at 212.817.8221 or

Commencement Invitations and Guests

We want you to enjoy your big day as much as possible so we think it’s important to have your friends, family, mentors and guests there to celebrate with you! Feel free to share these images with friends and family via email or social media! Use #CUNYBA #IamCUNYBA

For those guests who can’t attend, they can watch the live stream.


Speaking of Social Media…

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Friends and Family

Each participating graduate will be issued two guest tickets for seating in the main auditorium, which is on a first come, first seated basis. A limited number of additional guests can be accommodated in an overflow viewing area with a live video feed.

Small Guests

We want all of the important people in your life to join in celebrating you, even the little ones. Childcare arrangements are not available, however children are welcome as long as they remain with a responsible adult (other than yourself) for the entire ceremony. Guests are asked to please take crying or disruptive children out of the auditorium promptly and may find the overflow room an easier place to watch from.

Faculty Mentors

Feel free to invite your faculty mentor!

Guests from Abroad

If you need a letter from our office to a foreign embassy or consulate requesting permission for family members or friends to travel to the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa for the ceremony, please put your request in writing to Analie Cruz, CUNY BA Office Assistant with this information: full name(s) of relative/friend, relationship to you, name and the mailing address of the embassy/consulate. If you are unable to find out the name and address of the embassy or consulate to which this information should be sent, refer to We will prepare this letter for you to mail or fax to the embassy. Make your request now as there can be long waits for visas.

 Check into the Facebook event for CUNY BA commencement to stay updated with pictures

Commencement Location and Directions

Proshansky Auditorium

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(On Google Maps)

The CUNY Graduate Center is located in the former B. Altman building at 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets in Manhattan, a landmark structure redesigned to meet the specific needs of a twenty-first century institution of advanced learning and to provide public spaces for cultural and conference purposes.

The Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium, the Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, the James Gallery, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre are its main venues for a regular and rich series of public programs, performances, and exhibitions. The Proshansky Auditorium is located on the Concourse Level of the Graduate Center.

Directions to the Graduate Center : 

Closest train stops:   (On Google Maps)

Subway Lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q or R   |    34th Street – Herald Square (6th Avenue).

Subway Lines: A, C, E, 1, 2, or 3   |   34th Street – Penn Station (7th & 8th Avenue).

Subway Line: 6   |   33rd Street – Park Avenue

Nearby the Graduate Center :

Restaurants nearby the Graduate Center

Parking garages nearby the Graduate Center