Information for Graduates

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

It is time to make plans to attend commencement and celebrate your graduation.

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CEREMONY DETAILS:

Date:               Monday, June 19, 2017

Time:              10:30 a.m.

Location:       Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performance Arts Center (TPAC) on 199 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007. The entrance for TPAC is located on BMCC’s campus, on Chambers Street, up the ramp, before the art sculpture to your left. There will be signs and people to help guide your way. Directions (public transportation and parking) to BMCC Tribeca Arts Performing Center: http://tribecapac.org/directions/.

  • Plan to arrive at BMCC by 9:00 a.m. There is no rehearsal before the ceremony, so please arrive on time to receive instructions regarding lining up for your academic processional.
  • For your guests, doors will open at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Live Stream: The Commencement 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 who:

Have graduated at the end of Fall I (conferral date January 10, 2017) and the end of Fall II (conferral date March 7, 2017)

– or –

Are expecting to complete their degree requirements by, June 14, 2017, end of the Spring I term (conferral date June 27, 2017) or by, August 8, 2017, end of the Spring II term (conferral date August 23, 2017), are eligible to participate and walk in the 2017 Commencement.

Please note that receiving an e-mail regarding Commencement 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 application for graduation form, 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, you must complete an Intent to Graduate Application online between April 3, 2017 – May 25, 2017.

If you expect to graduate by the end of Spring II, you must complete an Intent to Graduate Application online between June 26, 2017 – July 26, 2017.

Here is the link to find the Intent to Graduate application on CUNYfirst: https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/oam/Portal_Login1.html

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 on June 19th, you must wear academic regalia, which include a cap, gown an associate hood, and 2017 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 (2017 tassel, cap, gown and associate hood) is $32.90. The deadline to purchase your regalia will be May 8, 2017. 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 cap and gown)
  2. Graduation Photos (no sitting fee)
  3. Biographical Profile

All regalia will be available for pick-up beginning the week of May 29, 2017.

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.

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.

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

Graduates and soon-to-be graduates participating in the 2017 Commencement will receive up to four (4) tickets. Tickets are free and will be available for those that fill out the Regalia and Tickets form.

A limited number of additional tickets may be available after June 5, 2017. 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 cap and gown)
  2. Graduation Photos (no sitting fee)
  3. Biographical Profile

All tickets will be available for pick-up beginning the week of May 29, 2017.

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.

Confirmation of degree completion only takes place after a three-step process consisting of submitting an application for graduation form, 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.

Students can graduate either at the end of the Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, or Spring II semesters.

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

Commencement refers to the celebratory ceremony. Graduation, on the other hand, is the conferral of your academic degree.

Guttman has only one Commencement ceremony that takes place each year, at the end of the Spring I semester.

If you expect to graduate by the end of Spring I, you must complete an Intent to Graduate Application online between April 3, 2017 – May 25, 2017.

If you expect to graduate by the end of Spring II, you must complete an Intent to Graduate Application online between June 26, 2017 – July 26, 2017.

Here is the link to find the Intent to Graduate application on CUNYfirst: https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/oam/Portal_Login1.html

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’s rings. Please visit the vendor’s website, http://www.balfour.com/new-york/new-york/guttman-community-college/, to learn more about purchasing and to see models of rings.

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 BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center by 9:00a.m.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing underneath your academic regalia; be sure to wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking up and down flights of stairs.
  • Please wear gown and associate hood as given, do not alter, hem or cut your academic gowns.
  • 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.
  • NO balloons, fog horns, signs, and alcohol/drugs – they are strictly prohibited.
  • Cell phones should be placed on vibrate or silent mode during the ceremony.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We ask that you adhere to the following during the Commencement Ceremony:

There is no dress rehearsal, so please read this section carefully.

  • On Monday, June 19th, please arrive by 9:15 a.m., and proceed directly to the Lower Level Courtyard. To reach the courtyard, enter BMCC’s main campus (199 Chambers St.), walk up the ramp, and to the left of the art sculpture and down the stairs.
  • We will have a check-in table for you to register. Go there FIRST and pick up your name card. Then join your fellow students. We will have some breakfast for you. Your guests will NOT be allowed to wait with you and the doors of the theater will not open for them until 9:45 a.m., so please do not try to mingle with them.
  • The lines for the Student Processional will begin to form around 9:45 a.m. We will start the ceremony promptly at 10:30 a.m. Students will march after the Stage Party and the Faculty. If you are late, you will have to wait until after the processional is finished before entering the theater. You will be lined up and sit by the majors (Business, Human Services, Information Technology, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Urban Studies). You will come up to the stage by your major (not alphabetically).
  • It is crucial that you hold on to the name card you will receive at the check-in table. Please make sure to not lose this card, as your name will be announced from this card.
  • Please follow the directions of the Marshals/Peer Mentors. They will be there to help form lines and lead you to your seat.
  • Walking Across the Stage: The Marshalls/Peer Mentors will also help direct you when it is time for you to walk across the stage. When you form your line to go on to the stage, you will give your name card to someone who will then hand it to Professor Chet Jordan. He will read your name. You will walk across the stage when your name is read. Dean Pryor will hand you your folder (your diploma will NOT be in it), and then you should shake the President’s hand and other VIPs who will be standing to shake your hand. Our photographers for the event will photograph you when you shake the President’s hand. Return to your seat from the stage. It is important that you remain in your seat until the ceremony is over.
  • Recessional: After the stage party and the faculty have their recessional march, the students will stand and form your lines and march out of the theater as a group. Your family and friends will leave the theater after you.
  • There will be no secure location where you will be able to leave your belongings.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing underneath your academic regalia; be sure to wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking up and down stairs.
  • Wear your tassel on the left side of your cap. During the ceremony, the President will advise when to move it to your right side.
  • Balloons, banners, signs, fog horns, noise makers, and alcohol/drugs are strictly prohibited.
  • Cell phones should be placed on vibrate or silent mode during the ceremony.
  • During the ceremony, give your attention and respect to your fellow graduates and guests. Please do not be disruptive while people are speaking during the ceremony.
  • Please be courteous to your fellow graduates and guests. Do not leave your seat during the ceremony and do not leave the ceremony early. Let your guests know that you will be available after Commencement. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30am and is expected to run at least two and a half (2.5) hours.
  • A professional photographer and videographer will be on site to capture this momentous occasion. Once available, we will contact you via your Guttman e-mail you with directions on how to view your Commencement photos online. So please remember to check your emails. If you would like to provide the College with an alternate e-mail address, please send to commencement@guttman.cuny.edu.