CUNY BA Commencement 2021

Congratulations, you special day is coming soon!


Our ceremony is a moving, wonderful experience. We are sure you will want to celebrate with your family and friends.

Important Information

Eligibility for Graduation

CUNY BA students, if you are planning on attending the virtual commencement ceremony, 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

Let Us Brag About You!

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.

Commencement Registration

All students wishing to participate in commencement must register

You will receive an email in mid-May with details about diplomas. Details will also be posted here.
For general questions contact Ana or Nicholas at 212.817.8221 or

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 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. Everyone and anyone can watch the live stream.

Speaking of Social Media…

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