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COMMENCEMENT - FAQ

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2016 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Friday, May 27, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Barclays Center

 

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How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony is expected to run approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Candidates for degrees will receive additional information about the ceremony at the time of cap and gown distribution.

What if I or my guest has a disability?
If you, the candidate, require accommodations due to a disability, please make sure to fill out the disabilities section of the Commencement Student Order Form. If your guest(s) has a disability, please indicate that on the form so that we can arrange for suitable seating.

Will I get my diploma the same day?
Diplomas are not presented during the Commencement Exercise. Each candidate for graduation should confirm that the Registrar’s office (151 East 25th Street, Room 850) has his/her correct address on file. Upon receipt of notice of graduation (which accompanies the official transcript), candidates may then pick up their diploma at the Registrar’s Office.

Where can I take a graduation portrait?
Students will be offered two opportunities to take graduation portraits—during Cap and Gown distribution and prior to entering the arena on the day of Commencement. A professional photographer will be available to photograph all graduates. A few weeks after the ceremony, graduates will receive an email from the photo studio containing proofs and purchasing information. To facilitate this process, register your personal email address with the photo studio prior to Commencement via their website at www.gradimages.com/Register.cfm. Please note that you cannot use your Baruch College email address due to file size restrictions and spam filters. Graduates are under no obligation to purchase photographs.

What information should I give my guests?
Candidates should make sure that their guests are aware of the following:

Entrance: Guests will enter Barclays Center through the GEICO Atrium on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue.

Barclays Center is accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Special instructions regarding seating areas for individuals with disabilities will be provided at the time of ticket distribution.

Seating: All guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. There is no reserved seating. Please make sure that all guests enter together as it is not possible to hold seats for latecomers. Ushers will seat guests in any unoccupied seats as needed.

Guests with Disabilities: Guests with disabilities will enter Barclays Center through the GEICO Atrium. Participants who indicate that their guests are in wheelchairs, mobility impaired, or hearing impaired will be seated in sections that can accommodate their disability.

Courtesy: Guests are requested not to block the line of march or to obstruct the view of others.

Photographs: To provide graduates and their guests with memorable photo opportunities, a number of backdrop banners will be set up.  Additionally, since all participating graduates will own their caps and gowns, you are free to pose for family and friends whenever and wherever you choose.

Children: Children under five years of age frequently become bored during the ceremony, therefore, we urge that children under five years of age do not attend the Commencement Exercises. Barclays Center’s general policy is that all children over 34" must have a ticket. Children 34" and under do not need a ticket but must share a seat with a ticketed guest. No child under 34” will be permitted their own seat.

Barclays Center: Barclays Center management has asked us to remind all graduates and their guests that smoking or the carrying of food and/or beverages of any kind into the arena is strictly prohibited. Additionally, once guests have entered Barclays Center, should they choose to leave, they will not be permitted reentry.

DAY OF CEREMONY INFORMATION

Barclays Center

Student Entrance: All candidates will enter via the Dean Street entrance and will proceed through security Candidates must wear their cap and gown to gain admittance into Barclays Center. Students will enter the arena upon arrival; there will be no student processional. Students will be seated according to their school. You must be seated by 3:45 pm. Students who arrive after 3:45pm will be held until after the faculty and platform party processional and the singing of the National Anthem.

Please fill out and bring the Grad Images photo card with you to the ceremony so that your official graduation photo can be taken before entering the arena.

Please follow the directional signage for your school (School of Public Affairs, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, or Zicklin School of Business) so that you are seated in the appropriate area for the ceremony.

Degree Candidates with mobility impairments: Students who have difficulty with stairs, after proceeding through the security area on Dean Street, can take the elevators to the loading dock. Candidates with disabilities will enter the Arena in the procession and then be seated in sections that will accommodate their disability.

Entering the Arena

Photo Name Cards: Degree candidates will be given name cards at Cap & Gown and Guest Ticket Distribution. These cards need to be completed prior to entering Barclays Center. The cards will be used when you are photographed prior to entering the arena.

Graduates with Disabilities: Candidates with disabilities will enter the Arena in the procession and then be seated in sections that will accommodate their disability.

Processional: Students will enter the arena upon arrival; there will be no student processional. Students will be seated according to their school. You must be seated by 3:45 pm. Students who arrive after 3:45 pm will be held until after the faculty and platform party processional and the singing of the National Anthem.

The Graduation Ceremony

Sitting with a Friend: While this is not a guarantee, if you wish to sit beside a friend, be sure to arrive with that person.

Sitting & Standing:  As you reach your designated seat, please be seated. Later, at the Chief Marshal’s request, you will stand for the singing of the National Anthem and at the end of the ceremony for the Baruch Alma Mater. Candidates will stand when being presented by the respective Dean of their school. At the conclusion of the presentation by each of the Deans, all candidates will be asked by the Chief Marshal to stand together for the conferral of degrees by the President.

Caps and Hoods:  Caps should be worn throughout the ceremonies, except that men should remove their caps during the singing of the National Anthem and Alma Mater. Candidates must wear their hoods.

Cap Tassels: Cap tassels are worn on the right until the degrees are conferred, then switched to the left upon conferral by the President.

The Recessional

Order of Departure: Order of Departure: Upon conclusion of the ceremony, the Presidential Party and faculty will leave the stage. As soon as they have left the area, the Chief Marshal will declare that the Commencement Exercises are officially over. There will be no formal recessional for graduates. You are asked to leave the auditorium in an orderly manner.

Plan Ahead: Because the area is large and there will be a large number of guests and graduates, you are urged to make plans with parents and friends about where to meet at the end of the ceremony.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Contact the Office of Student Life, One Bernard Baruch Way, Room 2-210, 646-312-4550.