Side profile of CUNY BA graduates sitting in the auditorium watching the graduation ceremony

Unique is in the DNA of the CUNY BA program

Karl Taps, 2022 Student Speaker

Photo of Tara Barca, the 2022 Commencement Faculty Speaker, giving her Commencement address

I consistently find myself in awe of CUNY BA students’ solution-focused ideas, capacity to surmount roadblocks, ability to quickly adapt to change, and fervent drive to carry out their visions.

Tara Barca, Commencement 2022 Faculty Speaker

Photo of Khaair Morrison, 2022 Commencement guest speaker, giving his Commencement address

You are more than a degree, you are more than a job title, and you are more than anything that you’ve experienced at this point. Your purpose is what gives you energy.

Khaair Morrison, Commencement 2022 Guest Speaker

Annual Commencement

Each year, CUNY BA celebrates the achievements of our graduates in an intimate ceremony that recognizes each graduate for their unique experiences and achievements. Unlike larger CUNY colleges, and in line with the program’s dedication to individualized studies, our commencement ceremony is truly one-of-a-kind.

Information for Graduates

To participate in commencement, you must have completed a graduation audit. If you’re unsure if you qualify, be sure to meet with your academic advisor to discuss graduation requirements.

For commencement 2024 you will have to be part of the following graduating classes:

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • (potential) June 2024
  • (potential) September 2024

The Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday June 7, 2024. Please check back in early Spring 2024 for more news on registration, guests, cap and gown orders, and other relevant information.

Home College Commencement

We recognize that our students often also feel a strong bond to their home campus. We schedule our commencement ceremony at the tail end of commencement season so you can participate in both your home campus and our ceremonies.

In March of each year, our Registrar sends the names of graduates and potential graduates to senior colleges. Please note that some colleges do not allow upcoming September graduates to walk in June while CUNY BA does. If you have questions about your home college’s commencement, please contact your home college directly.

Commencement Photos

Each year, Grad Images takes photos of our commencement ceremony, including portraits of graduates. If you are looking for your photos, please check to order your past CUNY BA Commencement photos.

To search for your pictures, please put:

  • Your last name
  • CUNY Baccalaureate Program where it says School Name
  • Your ceremony year where it says Graduation Year

If you have any inquiries about photos, you can contact GradImages Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at, or email

2024 Commencement Ceremony

The 2024 CUNY BA Commencement Ceremony will take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016. The date will be Friday June 7, 2024

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