Information for Graduates

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
IT IS TIME TO MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND YOUR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND CELEBRATE YOUR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS.

BE PREPARED – READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY – CHECK OFF ALL ITEMS LISTED BELOW:

LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR COMMENCEMENT IS MAY 1, 2019!

Please complete the following forms:

  1. Regalia and Tickets (has link for you to purchase your academic regalia)
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  2. Commencement Photo (no sitting fee and you will receive a copy of your photo after the Commencement ceremony)
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  3. Commencement Program Book Profile (a few short words that will accompany your picture in the program book)

CEREMONY DETAILS:

Date:               Friday, June 14, 2019

Time:              10:30 a.m.

Location:       Hostos Community College Center for the Arts & Culture is located at 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York. The entrance for the arts center is located on the west side of the street underneath the Hostos Community College Bridgeway.

Directions (public transportation and parking) to Hostos Community College Center for the Arts & Culture: https://www.hostos.cuny.edu/culturearts/geninfo/directions.shtml

  • Plan to arrive at Hostos by 9:00 a.m. There is no dress rehearsal before the ceremony, so please arrive on time to receive instructions regarding lining up for your academic processional.
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  • For your guests, doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Late arrivals will be seated only after the Commencement Ceremony has started, at the discretion of Hostos personnel.
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  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.
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Live Stream:  The Commencement ceremony will be viewable online. Any guest unable to attend the Commencement may watch the entire ceremony online. Please visit Guttman’s homepage (www.guttman.cuny.edu) for the direct link.

Guttman students eligible to participate and walk in the 2019 Commencement Ceremony:

Have graduated at the end of Fall I term (conferral date January 10, 2019) and the end of Fall II term (conferral date March 7, 2019)

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Are expecting to complete their degree requirements by the end of the Spring I term (conferral date June 27, 2019) or by the end of the Spring II term (conferral date August 23, 2019)

Please note that receiving an e-mail regarding the Commencement ceremony should not be considered an official notice of graduation.

Commencement is often referred to as Graduation.  However, there is a difference between the two.

Commencement refers to the celebratory ceremony, officiated by a college President, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends.

Graduation, on the other hand, is a three-step process consisting of submitting an online application for graduation, completing all academic requirements for your degree, and settling all financial obligations. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation.

Guttman has only one Commencement ceremony that takes place each year, at the end of the Spring I semester, to celebrate the graduation of students from the Fall I, Fall II, Spring I terms and upcoming Spring II term.

If you expect to graduate by the end of Spring I term (June 11, 2019), you must complete an Intent to Graduate Application online on CUNYfirst between April 1, 2019 – May 25, 2019.

If you expect to graduate by the end of Spring II term (August 6, 2019), you must complete an Intent to Graduate Application online on CUNYfirst between June 30, 2019 – July 26, 2019.

For more information visit: Registrar Graduation.

If you have any additionally questions about your eligibility for graduation, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@guttman.cuny.edu or call the HUB at (646) 313-8080.

To participate in the Commencement ceremony on June 14th, you must wear academic regalia, which includes a cap, gown an associate hood, and 2019 tassel.

Your cap, gown and tassel will be all back and your associate hood will be representative of the college’s colors: blue and white. There will be no distinction for specific degrees earned.

Your regalia will serve as your ticket for admission and participation in the ceremony.

To purchase your regalia, you will have to do so directly through Oak Hall Cap and Gown. The total cost of your academic regalia (2019 tassel, cap, gown and associate hood) is $32.40. The deadline to purchase your regalia will be May 1, 2019. To save you shipping costs, your regalia will be shipped directly to the college. No shipments will be sent to any alternative addresses.

To be able to pick up your regalia, you will need a copy of the confirmation e-mail from Oak Hall Cap and Gown, your Guttman ID and have completed the following forms:

  1. Regalia and Tickets (has link for you to purchase your academic regalia)
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  2. Commencement Photo (no sitting fee and you will receive a copy of your photo after the Commencement ceremony)
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  3. Commencement Program Book Profile (a few short words that will accompany your picture in the program book)

All regalia (and your guest tickets) will be available for pick-up beginning the week of June 3, 2019.

You will receive an email from commencement@guttman.cuny.edu providing you with specific details on when and where you will be able to pick-up your regalia.

All graduates and soon-to-be graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony do not need a ticket. Your regalia will serve as your ticket for admission and participation in the ceremony.

You will receive up to three (3) tickets. Tickets are free and will be available for those that fill out the Regalia and Tickets form.

Each of your guests planning to attend the Commencement ceremony must have a ticket, including children. Only children under the age 2, who will remain on an adult’s lap, for the entire ceremony, will not need their own ticket.

A limited number of additional tickets may be available after May 27, 2019. Should extra tickets become available, they will be distributed on a first-requested basis.

Kindly be advised that the Commencement will be live streamed. A link to view the live webcast will be available on the Guttman Community College main page starting at 10:15a.m.

To be able to pick up your tickets, you will need your Guttman ID and have completed the following forms:

  1. Regalia and Tickets (has link for you to purchase your academic regalia)
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  2. Commencement Photo (no sitting fee and you will receive a copy of your photo after the Commencement ceremony)
    .
  3. Commencement Program Book Profile (a few short words that will accompany your picture in the program book)

All tickets (and your regalia) will be available for pick-up beginning the week of June 3, 2019.

You will receive an email from commencement@guttman.cuny.edu providing you with specific details on when and where you will be able to pick-up your tickets.

No diplomas will be distributed at the Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Diplomas are issued when all graduation requirements have been completed and a degree has been conferred.

Kindly note that participating in the Commencement ceremony should not be considered an official confirmation of graduation or degree completion.

Graduation is a three-step process consisting of submitting an online application for graduation, completing all academic requirements for your degree, and settling all financial obligations.

Diplomas will be available for pickup approximately 1-2 months after a degree conferral date. Guttman awards degrees four times a year: January 10 for the Fall I term; March 7 for the Fall II term; June 27 for the Spring I term; and August 23 for the Spring II term.

All graduates are notified, by the Registrar’s Office, via their Guttman email when their diploma is ready for pick up at the HUB.

For more information visit: Registrar Graduation.

If you have any additionally questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@guttman.cuny.edu or call the HUB at (646) 313-8080.

Balfour is the approved vendor for Guttman college rings. Please visit the vendor’s website, Balfour: Guttman CC, to see models of rings and to learn more about purchasing.

We ask that you maintain the dignity of the Academic Procession and Commencement Ceremony by adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Please plan to arrive at Hostos Community College Center for the Arts & Culture by 9:00a.m.
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  • There will be no dress rehearsal before the Commencement ceremony. So please arrive on time to receive instructions regarding lining up for your academic processional, seating in the theater and walking across the stage.
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  • Please wear appropriate clothing underneath your academic regalia; be sure to wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking up and down multiple flights of stairs.
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  • Please wear gown and associate hood as given, do not alter, hem or cut your academic gowns.
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  • Please leave your valuables with your family members/friends during the ceremony. There will be no secure location where you will be able to leave your belongings.
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  • NO balloons, fog horns, signs, and alcohol/drugs – they are strictly prohibited.
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  • Cell phones should be placed on vibrate or silent mode during the ceremony.
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  • Please be courteous to your fellow graduates and guests, by refraining from leaving your seat during the ceremony and by leaving the ceremony early. Let your family/friends know that you will be available after Commencement is officially over. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30am and is expected to be at least two (2) hours long.
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  • Please listen to the instructions from the marshals, public safety officers and volunteers, all are there to ensure that your Commencement is a momentous event.
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Information coming soon.