Queensborough's Class of '24 Graduation Ceremony

Commencement 2024 save the date. Commencement will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 10 am

Congratulations, Class of 2024! #QCCGRAD

Frequently Asked Questions


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

Queensborough Community College’s 63rd Annual Commencement Ceremony will take place in person on Friday, May 31, 2024 (rain or shine), at 10:00 am on the athletic field, adjacent to the on-campus Q27 bus stop.


Will the ceremony be livestreamed?

Yes, the College will live stream the ceremony on the Commencement website.


Where do graduates go the morning of the ceremony?

Graduate check-in will begin at 8:00 am in front of the Student Union Building. If your guests arrive with you, they will be directed to the ceremony location. Graduates will be escorted by their respective degree marshal to the athletic field at approximately 9:30 am to start the ceremony.


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.


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.


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. When you RSVP for the ceremony, you will be able to download the tickets right away!


How will I be notified about the ceremony?

Eligible candidates for graduation will receive an email to both their Office365 QCC student email account and the preferred email address listed on their CUNYfirst account, inviting them to participate in this year’s ceremony. The email will contain a link to RSVP for the ceremony and another link to purchase a cap & gown online.


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

The online cap & gown order deadline was Friday, May 17 at 11:59 pm EST and has now passed. If you have not yet ordered your cap & gown, you can buy it in-person at the QCC Student Union Building – Upper Level on the following dates & times:

  • Wednesday, May 29: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 30: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, May 31: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Note: contactless payment will be the only accepted form of payment for in-person cap & gown purchases (cash, check, and money order will not be accepted).


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 and wear a cap & gown!


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 or will soon meet the requirements for graduation and processes an application on their behalf. Therefore, you do not have to apply for graduation. If you have questions or concerns regarding your candidacy for graduation, 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 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 student 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 CUNYfirst.


I plan to complete the last of my degree requirements during the summer 2024 semester, can I still participate in the ceremony?

Yes! Students who plan to complete the remainder of their degree requirements during the summer 2024 semester and want to patriciate in the ceremony must first do the following:

  1. Speak with your academic adviser about your remaining degree requirements (you can also check your degree works dashboard) to see if you have any remaining degree requirements and eligibility for summer ’24 graduation.
  2. If your adviser agrees that you can complete your remaining degree requirements during the summer ‘24 semester, you must register for your remaining degree requirements for the summer session no later than Friday, May 3, 2024.
  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 ‘24 semester and desire to participate in the May 31 commencement ceremony. Graduation Audit will verify your enrollment and if you are an eligible summer ’24 graduation candidate, your graduation status will be updated in CUNYfirst.

I ordered my cap & gown online and have not received it yet. 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.


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

Contact the Center for International Affairs 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 via USPS 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?

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.


Who do I contact for information about the graduation/yearbook portraits?

For information about the graduation/yearbook portraits, click HERE .


Who can I contact if I have questions about the graduation ceremony that are 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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