Q: What is the difference between graduation and Commencement?
A: Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. Students expecting
to receive a degree must first apply for graduation. Fill out the graduation
application online or download a printable application form. Students who
have completed degree requirements but who have not applied for graduation
will not receive a diploma nor will the degree be conferred.
The Commencement ceremony is held each May after the spring semester
concludes and is the event in which the achievement of the degree is recognized and celebrated by the University community and the students' friends and families. All students wishing to participate in the Commencement exercises must fill out the online Commencement Application.
Q: I don't plan to attend the ceremonies. Do I need to apply for graduation?
A: Yes! Students who have completed degree requirements but who have
not applied for graduation will not receive a diploma nor will the degree
be conferred. For more information, please go to ecampus.adelphi.edu/
Q: If I walk in the May ceremony, does that mean I graduated?
A: No. Participation in the Commencement ceremony does not mean you have
met all requirements for graduation and are entitled to be awarded a degree
at the time. Certification of transcripts must be completed before a degree is
Q: When and where do I purchase my cap and gown?
A: The best time to purchase your cap and gown is during the Grad Fair on April 22/23, at the Adelphi University Bookstore in Garden City. If you can't make
it to the Grad Fair, you may purchase your academic attire package at the
bookstore until May 18. You may also pre-order your class ring, purchase your
diploma frame, get all your Adelphi alumni gear and sign up for the Alumni
Association. Giveaways and raffles will be going on during the Grad Fair.
Manhattan Center students will have their own Grad Fair on May 1 and 3.
Students attending the Hauppauge and Hudson Valley centers should contact
their Commencement coordinator for academic attire order forms. Completed forms are sent to the Adelphi University Bookstore in Garden City,
with the option to pick up the attire in Garden City or have it shipped.
Linn Cartagena at 516.877.3682
- Hudson Valley: Debbie Perez at 845.471.3348, Ext. 8103
Q: Will honors cords, ribbons or pins be provided with my academic
A: No. You must contact your honor society regarding any special honors
Q: If I am not due to graduate until August, am I permitted to walk in May?
A: To be eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony,
undergraduate students scheduled to fulfill requirements for graduation in
August must fulfill three criteria:
- The undergraduate student is within 12 credits of completion.
- The student will fulfill all remaining requirements by the end of
summer session at Adelphi University.
- The student is registered for the required classes.
NOTE: If a
particular course needed to graduate is not offered in the summer
session, the student may not participate in the May Commencement
If the student fulfills the above three criteria, the next step is to download, print
and complete a Request to Participate in Graduation Ceremonies, obtain the required signatures and
submit it to the Office of Academic Services and Retention in Levermore Hall,
Q: What time should students arrive at the Coliseum?
A: Students are asked to report to the Expo Center on the lower level of the
Coliseum on Monday, May 19 promptly at 8:00 a.m. Enter through Gate 5 in
academic robes with photo ID.
Q: How do I wear the robe, cap, tassel and hood?
A: Please watch the video Preparing for Your Graduation Ceremony. The video discusses the ceremony guidelines and
shows you how to wear your academic attire. Associate degree candidates do
not wear hoods. Since you will be photographed in your robe, it's a good idea
to remove it from the packaging and hang it up to remove wrinkles—a light
pressing with a warm iron may be necessary.
Q: Tassel—right or left?
A: Undergraduate candidates: Tassels go on the right side of your cap before
you graduate. Near the end of the main ceremony, President Robert A. Scott
will announce the conferring of degrees and instruct you to "Move your
tassels!" The undergraduates, joyfully and in unison, move their tassels to the
Candidates for Master's degrees and Advanced Certificates: Tassels go on the left side. You do not move the tassel; it
remains on the left before, during and after graduating.
Q: Do guests need tickets?
A: No. Guests do not need tickets for the Commencement ceremony at
Q: What time does the ceremony begin?
A: At the Coliseum, the student procession begins at 9:00 a.m. and the
ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: Two and a half to three hours long
Q: Are there food and beverages for the guests?
A: Guests are not permitted to bring food or drink into the Coliseum, but they are sold at the concession stands during the ceremony.
Q: May parents and guests sit near their graduate?
A: Yes. Graduates will be seated by school in the floor section of the Coliseum. View the diagram of Nassau Coliseum to have an idea in which section you'd like to sit.
Q: Will I have my photo taken when I receive my degree?
A: Graduates will be photographed at three different points by Island Photographers.
Proofs will be emailed and mailed to your home within a week of the ceremony, at which time you may order your copy. A purchase may be made if you wish, but the final selection of photographs is an individual choice. It is important that you provide updated
contact information on the yellow photographer's card so that your photos are
sent to the correct address. The customer service number for Island Photographers is 800.869.0908.
Q: Where's my diploma?
A: Each degree candidate will be handed a diploma case upon arrival at the stage for the stage and portrait photos. Degrees are officially awarded after certification of transcripts and the printing of the diplomas. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after the degree is conferred. Again, you must apply for graduation. Students who have completed degree requirements but who have not applied for graduation will not receive a diploma nor will the degree be conferred. Diplomas will not be mailed to students with holds on their accounts.
Q: Will there be a sign language interpreter at the ceremony?
A: There will be American Sign Language interpretation of the opening
remarks and speeches at the ceremony at the Coliseum. Guests requiring visual
access to the interpreters must reserve seating three weeks in advance. For
reservations, please email email@example.com or call 516.877.3145. Seating is
restricted to hearing impaired guests.
Q: We don't want to drive—is it possible to get there using public
A: Yes. Use planes, trains, subways or buses. Make your final destination
the Hempstead LIRR station and we'll pick you up. Adelphi buses and vans
depart from the Hempstead LIRR station from approximately 7:00 a.m. until
9:30 a.m. for any student and/or guest requiring transportation to Nassau
Coliseum. The buses will also be available for transportation back to the
Hempstead LIRR station after the ceremony. Students should indicate on the
Online Commencement Application form if transportation is needed.
Q: What time will guests be permitted to enter the Coliseum on
A: The doors will open at 8:00 a.m.
Q: My guests require special assistance. What accommodations are
available, and where can I find more information?
A: If you or your guests require special assistance, please see the information
available on the Web page of the Office of Disability Support Services.
Q: What is the parking availability at the Coliseum?
A: Parking is free, and there are more than 6,000 parking spaces.
Q: Will my Adelphi email account terminate after I graduate?
A: If you continue to use your account and log in monthly, it will never
Q: Where may I order diploma frames, class rings and Adelphi
A: All items are available at the Adelphi University Bookstore. The best time
to purchase them is at the Grad Fair.
Q: How may I request additional copies of the Commencement program?
A: If, after the Commencement ceremony, you would like additional copies
of the program, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may request multiple copies.
Q: I have other questions—whom do I call?
A: Questions about your degree or diploma: Office of the University Registrar,
516.877.3300 or from a campus phone at x2210. All other questions: Call
the Commencement office at 516.877.4695.