CUNY BA Commencement 2021

Commencement is June 4, 2021 at 2 PM

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 2020 graduate
  • January 2021 graduate
  • Potential June 2021 graduate
  • Potential September 2021 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:

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 14th.

Commencement Attire

Even though they aren't required for this year's ceremony, we are pleased to announce that caps and gowns are now available for purchase here. If you would like to order a cap and gown, be sure to do so now so that you receive it in time to take photos before the ceremony. Check your email for more information about commencement photos.

Commencement Registration

All students wishing to participate in commencement must register here.

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.

Image of graduation cap with text reading Virtual Commencement June 4, 2021 2pm

Speaking of Social Media…

Are you following us?! You should. Use #CUNYBA #IamCUNYBA to share your special day.