Queensborough's Class of '23 Graduation Ceremony

Friday June 2, 2023

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Congratulations, Class of 2023! #QCCGRAD2023

Celebrating our 2023 Tiger Graduates

Ceremony events will include tributes to our graduates from President Dr. Christine Mangino and special guest speakers.

In addition to hosting this special graduation ceremony here on the College website, Queensborough will be celebrating our graduates and guest speakers with live messaging on Twitter and Instagram during the commencement!

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Frequently Asked Questions


When and where is this year’s commencement ceremony taking place?

Queensborough Community College’s 62nd Annual Commencement Ceremony will take place in-person on Friday June 2, 2023 (rain or shine), at 09:30 am on the athletic field, adjacent to the on-campus Q27 bus stop.


Where do graduates go the morning of the ceremony?

Graduate check-in will begin at 8:00 am in the Science Building Atrium the morning of the ceremony. If your guests arrive with you at this time, they will be directed to the ceremony location to be seated. Graduates will march to the athletic field at about 9:30 am to start the ceremony.


Is there a rehearsal for the ceremony?

No, there will not be a rehearsal for the ceremony.


How long is the ceremony expected to last?

The ceremony will last approximately two (2) hours, possibly shorter.


Will the ceremony be livestreamed?

Yes, the ceremony will be livestreamed and available on this Commencement page.


How many guests can graduates bring to the ceremony?

Graduates can bring no more than four (4) guests, as the college must adhere to a strict capacity limit. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves, tickets are only needed for guests.


How will I be notified about the ceremony?

Eligible candidates for graduation will receive an e-mail to their Office365 student email account and the preferred email address listed on CUNYfirst account, inviting them to participate in this year’s ceremony.


I am an eligible candidate for graduation but have not received an invitation to participate in the ceremony. Who do I contact?

Send an email to Commencement@qcc.cuny.edu and be sure to indicate your full name and 8-digit ID number. We will confer with the Office of Graduation Audit to verify whether you are an eligible candidate for graduation. If you are, we will send you an invitation for the ceremony to the preferred email address listed on your CUNYfirst account.


How much is the cap & gown and where can I buy it?

The cost of the cap & gown is $31.25 (plus a $13.95 shipping fee), which can be purchased online by clicking here. The last day to order a cap & gown online is May 2, 2023. Graduates can also purchase their cap & gown in-person at the QCC bookstore beginning April 10, 2023 through June 2, 2023 (day of ceremony). Click here for the QCC bookstore hours of operation.


Are graduates required to purchase a cap & gown to participate in the ceremony?

YES! All graduates who wish to participate in this year’s ceremony must purchase a cap & gown.


Where do graduates order a college ring?

Click here to order a college ring.


Will my name be called at the ceremony?

Yes, all graduates who attend the ceremony in-person will have their name called as they walk across the stage.


How do I apply for graduation?

The Office of Graduation Audit identifies students who have met the requirements for graduation and processes an application for them. If you have questions or concerns regarding your candidacy for graduation, please contact Graduation Audit at GradAudit@qcc.cuny.edu.


How do I check my graduation status?

Click here for instructions on how to check your graduation status.


I plan to complete the last of my degree requirements during the summer 2023 semester, can I still participate in the ceremony?

Yes! Students who plan to complete the remainder of their degree requirements during the summer 2023 semester and want to patriciate in the ceremony must first do the following:

  1. Speak with your academic adviser about your remaining degree requirements and eligibility for Summer ’23 graduation (tip: you can also check your degree works dashboard to see if you have any remaining degree requirements).
  2. If your adviser agrees that you can complete your remaining degree requirements during the summer session, you must register for your remaining degree requirements for the summer session no later than Friday, May 5.
  3. After registering, email Graduation Audit at GradAudit@qcc.cuny.edu. The email should include your full name, 8-digit student ID# and a brief message indicating your plan to complete your degree requirements during the summer session and your desire to participate in the June 2 graduation ceremony. Graduation Audit will verify your enrollment and if you are an eligible Summer ’23 graduation candidate, your graduation status will be updated in CUNYfirst.

I ordered my cap & gown online and have yet to receive it. What should I do?

Click here to track your order online and be sure to have your internet reference number available. This number can be found on your order confirmation email. Online cap & gown orders will be shipped during the week of May 8, 2023 and should arrive within 1-2 weeks at the address indicated on your order.


I need a letter from QCC confirming that I am an eligible candidate for graduation for me to give to my relatives outside of the USA to attend the ceremony. Whom do I contact for this letter?

Contact the Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad via email at ISC@qcc.cuny.edu. In your email, be sure to indicate your full name, 8-digit student ID#, and a formal request for this letter.


When will I receive my diploma?

You will receive a digital copy of your diploma within 3-4 months of your graduation conferral date from Parchment Services to the preferred email address indicated on CUNYfirst. 3-4 weeks after, a physical diploma will be mailed to the mailing address indicated on your CUNYfirst account. Please make sure your name and mailing address are accurate/up to date in CUNYfirst so, you can receive your diploma in a timely manner.


I am a graduate of QCC but, I have not received my diploma yet and need proof of graduation. What can I do?

If you need proof of graduation, you can request your official transcript, download your unofficial transcript from CUNYFirst, or download your enrollment verification letter from CUNYFirst. Each of these documents will indicate your degree earned, degree conferral date, GPA (Grade Point Average), and major/program of study.


Can we park on campus on the day of the ceremony?

Yes, all parking lots on campus will be open for graduates and their guests to park their vehicles on a space available basis.


Who do I contact for information about the yearbook?

For information about the yearbook portraits, click here. For information on how to purchase a yearbook, click here.


Who can I contact if I have a question about the graduation ceremony that is not answered in these FAQs?

Send an e-mail to Commencement@qcc.cuny.edu and be sure to indicate your full name and 8-digit student ID# so we can identify you as a QCC student.


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Commencement Webinar for Class of 2023 QCC Graduates
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