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COMMENCEMENT - FAQ

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FIFTIETH COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Barclays Center

 

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How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony is expected to run approximately 3 hours. Candidates for degrees will receive additional information on the academic procession and 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.

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 people with disabilities.  Special instructions regarding seating areas for the disabled 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. Like all guests, children must have a ticket to attend the ceremony.

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 you choose to leave, you will not be permitted reentry.

 

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