Grad Checklist

What you need to do before walking across the stage.

To make sure that the weeks leading up to commencement are as stress-free as possible, you need to make sure to do the following things.


Apply for Your Degree and RSVP to Commencement

You must apply to graduate to receive your diploma and confer your degree—even if you’ve completed all the degree requirements.

Graduation and commencement may sound like they’re one and the same, but these terms refer to two different events.

  • Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree.
  • Commencement is the ceremony—with academic attire and “Pomp and Circumstance”—that celebrates graduates receiving their degrees.

While applying for graduation you will be given the opportunity to RSVP for commencement. Please note that participation in the commencement ceremony does not mean you have met all requirements for graduation and are entitled to be awarded a degree. Certification of completion of requirements must be reviewed before a degree is officially awarded.

August Graduates: If you intend to walk in May, you can only do so after completing Open Planning for the summer. Contact your advisor now to make an appointment to plan for the upcoming registration. Once completed, you can then apply for graduation and commencement.

Students had until April 10, 2019, to register to graduate so that they receive a MarchingOrder card.

For any specific questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar

 Apply for Graduation and RSVP

Invite Your Family and Friends

Check in with your loved ones to find out if there are any special requests that need to be made to help your guests get around and enjoy your graduation day. No tickets are needed.

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Order Your Attire

Participation in graduation requires the appropriate academic attire. The deadline to order was May 5, 2019.

Academic Attire Information


Pick Up Your MarchingOrder Card

You will receive a MarchingOrder card that will be used for check-in at graduation. It’s also used to properly pronounce your name as you cross the stage, while simultaneously displaying your name and degree on our video wall.

MarchingOrder cards must be picked up before commencement. If you do not have your card, please email

Students whose programs are based in Manhattan, Hauppauge or Hudson Valley: Cards will be sent directly to your center for distribution. If you have any questions, please reach out to your center’s key contact or email

Doctoral Candidates: You do not need to pick up a MarchingOrder Card.

Attend Senior Events

Sit for senior portraits and have a blast at special Class of 2019 activities.

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