During their final term at Guttman Community College, all candidates for graduation are required to apply for graduation on CUNYFirst by the deadline noted in the Academic Calendar. Applying for graduation is not applying to attend the Commencement Ceremony. Graduation is the official completion of all academic degree requirements. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates graduation. All students who wish to graduate from Guttman Community College must apply in advance for graduation to receive a degree and diploma. If all graduation requirements are not met by the end of the final term, the student must reapply for graduation during the term they are eligible to graduate. Instructions on how to apply for graduation can be found in the How-Tos/Reference Guides.
Apply for Graduation
To obtain a degree and diploma from Guttman Community College, students must complete the below requirements.
- Have at least 60 credits applied toward the program of study
- Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
- Pass all CUNY Assessment Tests
For specific graduation requirements in your degree, please check DegreeWorks or consult your Career Strategist. Learn more about how the DegreeWorks online advisement system helps students track their academic progress.
Degrees are awarded four times a year:
|Session||Degree Conferral Date|
|Fall Session 1||January 10|
|Fall Session 2||March 7|
|Spring Session 1||June 27|
|Spring Session 2||August 23|
The degree conferral date is the date in which the degree will be posted or awarded to the student’s records after successfully completing all graduation requirements. Note that this is not the date when diplomas are to be picked up.
Diplomas will be available for pickup approximately 1-2 months after the degree conferral date. All graduates are notified via their Guttman email when their diploma is ready for pick up at the HUB. Graduates will need to bring a valid photo I.D. for identification purposes. Diplomas cannot be released to graduates who have an outstanding balance to the College.
Diplomas will only be mailed out to graduates who currently live outside of the five-boroughs of New York City and must complete the “Diploma Mailing” form. A copy of a valid photo ID is required with the submission of the form. Please note that the send to address provided must be outside the five-boroughs of New York City. The form can be found under the Forms and Applications page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between graduation and Commencement?
Graduation is the official completion of all degree requirements (complete at least 60 credits toward the program of study; achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0; and pass all CUNY assessment tests). There are four graduation dates each year; one for each session (Fall Session 1, Fall Session 2, Spring Session 1, and Spring Session 2).
Commencement is the ceremony celebrating the completion of degree. This is the social gathering event where family and friends come to celebrate the achievement of graduating. Guttman Community College holds one Commencement per year around the end of Spring Session 1, for the four different graduation dates. For more information about Commencement, visit the Commencement webpage.
What is the difference between a diploma and a degree?
A degree is the academic title given to the student who has completed the degree curriculum. After completion of the degree requirements, the degree will be posted on the student’s records and will show on the student’s transcript and CUNYFirst. Guttman Community College offers two degrees: Associates of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) and Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.).
A diploma is the physical and official paper document proving the earned degree. All graduates are notified via their Guttman email when their diploma is ready for pick up at the HUB. Graduates will need to bring a valid photo I.D. for identification purposes. Diplomas cannot be released to graduates who have an outstanding balance to the College.
What name will show on my diploma?
Diplomas are issued with the legal name on your CUNYFirst record at the time of graduation application. If there is a discrepancy, please complete a Personal Data Update form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.
How can I get a duplicate diploma?
A duplicate diploma costs $30. To request a duplicate diploma, you must complete the Duplicate Diploma Request form and submit the form and payment to the Registrar’s Office. Payment must be received prior to processing the request. Acceptable methods of payment include check or money order payable to Guttman Community College.