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Frequently Asked Questions

Students
  1. What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

  2. I don’t plan to attend the ceremonies; do I need to apply for graduation?

  3. If I ‘walk’ in the May 21 ceremony, does that mean that I graduated?

  4. I haven’t received an information packet for Commencement. Why?

  5. When and where do I purchase my cap and gown and pick up my tickets?

  6. How do Doctoral candidates order their academic attire?

  7. Will honors cords, ribbons, or pins be provided with my academic regalia?

  8. If I am not due to graduate until August 2009, am I permitted to walk in May 2009?
Ceremony
  1. On which side does my tassel go?

  2. What time should students arrive at the Coliseum?

  3. How do I wear the robe, cap, tassel, and hood?

  4. Do guests need tickets to attend the Main Ceremony on Commencement Day?

  5. Are commencement tickets transferable?

  6. What if I need more than 8 tickets?

  7. What time does the ceremony begin?

  8. How long is the ceremony?

  9. Are there food and beverages available for guests at the Coliseum?

  10. Can parents sit near their graduate?

  11. Will I have my photo taken when I receive my degree?

  12. Where’s my diploma?
Guests
  1. Is there a charge for parking at the Coliseum?

  2. Does Adelphi provide transportation to the Coliseum?

  3. What time will guests be permitted to enter the Coliseum on Commencement Day?

  4. My guests require special assistance. What accommodations are available, and where can I find more information?

  5. Will there be a sign language interpreter at the ceremony?
General
  1. Will my Adelphi e-mail account terminate after I graduate?

  2. Where can I order diploma frames, class rings and Adelphi commemorative items?

  3. Where can I get extra copies of the Commencement Program?

  4. Will the ceremony be broadcast?

  5. I have other questions – whom do I call?

  1. What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

    Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. Students expecting to receive a degree must first apply for graduation. Applications are available in the Office of the Registrar, or you can download the Online Graduation Application. All students wishing to graduate must apply for graduation by the application deadline. Applying for graduation is a University Degree Requirement that must be met by each student wishing to graduate. If you do not apply for graduation, you have not met all your degree requirements.

    Commencement ceremonies are the services held each May after the spring semester concludes. These are ceremonies in which the achievement of the degree is recognized and celebrated by the University community and the students’ friends and family.

  2. I don't plan to attend the ceremonies; do I need to apply for graduation?

    YES! All students, whether or not they attend the ceremonies, must apply for graduation.

  3. If I ‘walk’ in the May 21 ceremony, does that mean that I graduated?

    No, it does not. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply or infer that you have completed all requirements for graduation and that you are entitled to be awarded a degree at the time. Certification of transcripts must be completed before a degree is officially awarded.

  4. I haven’t received an information packet for Commencement. Why?

    First make sure you have registered to graduate (see Question #1). The packets are sent to the local address for the student, not necessarily the parents’ home. If you have not been receiving any university mail, you may need to go to the Registrar’s Office to update your contact information. If you have registered to graduate and need a packet, you can pick one up at the Center for Student Involvement in the University Center Room 110. A packet can also be downloaded here. If you are a doctoral candidate, see Question #6.

  5. When and where do I purchase my cap and gown and pick up my tickets?

    Please make sure you have first registered to graduate (see Question #1).

    The best time to purchase your cap and gown is during Adelphi’s Annual Graduation Fair. The event takes place at the AU Bookstore in Garden City on Monday, May 4th and Tuesday, May 5th from 11am – 6pm. Beginning May 4th, you can pick up your Commencement tickets and purchase your brown Adelphi University academic attire package. You can 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 Graduation Fair.

    While the Graduation Fair is only on May 4th and May 5th, students will be able to purchase their academic attire at the AU Bookstore in Garden City until Wednesday, May 20th. Please click here and see pages 2-5 for hours and pricing information.

    NOTE: TICKETS MUST BE PICKED UP BEFORE MAY 18 OR THEY WILL BE RELEASED.

    Manhattan Center students will have their own Graduation Fair on Thursday, May 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Hauppauge and Hudson Valley students should contact their Commencement Coordinator for academic attire order forms [Hauppauge – Loreen Gilbert 631.300.4350; Hudson Valley – Laurene Bengel 845.471.3348]. Completed forms are sent to the AU Bookstore in Garden City, with the option to pick up the attire in Garden City or have it sent to the home.

  6. How do Doctoral candidates order their academic attire?

    The more ornate academic regalia for Doctoral candidates is rented, but those entering the academic field may wish to purchase and have the option to do so. If you have registered to graduate, and expect to complete your requirements in the Spring 2009 semester, you should have received a Doctoral mailing which provides the information for ordering. If you have not received the packet, contact your Commencement Coordinator – listed at the bottom of page 2. Rental orders take 6 weeks - candidates must order by April 3, 2009. All doctoral graduates keep their tam and tassel.

  7. Will honors cords, ribbons, or pins be provided with my academic regalia?

    No. You must contact your honor society regarding any special honors regalia.

  8. If I am not due to graduate until August 2009, am I permitted to walk in May 2009?

    To be eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony, undergraduate students scheduled to fulfill requirements for graduation in August must fulfill 3 criteria:

    1. The undergraduate student is within 12 credits of completion
    2. The student will fulfill all remaining requirements by the end of summer session at Adelphi University
    3. 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 cannot participate in the May Commencement ceremonies.

    If the student fulfills the above 3 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 303.

  1. On which side does my tassel go?

    Undergraduate candidates: tassels go on the right side of your cap before you graduate. Near the end of the main ceremony, President Scott will announce the conferring of degrees and instruct you to “Move your tassels!” The undergraduates, joyfully in unison, move their tassels to the left.

    Graduate candidates: if you are a candidate for a graduate degree, advanced certificate, or doctoral degree, you will place your tassel on the left side. You do not move the tassel to the right; it remains on the left before, during, and after graduating.

  2. What time should students arrive at the Coliseum?

    8AM. Students are asked to report to the Expo Center on the lower level of the Coliseum on Thursday, May 21 promptly at 8:00 a.m. Enter through Gate 5 – no tickets are needed for students in academic robes.

  3. How do I wear the robe, cap, tassel, and hood?

    Please click here for the link to the video “Preparing for your Graduation Ceremony.” The video discusses the ceremony guidelines and shows you how to wear your academic attire. Associates degree candidates do not wear hoods. Remember 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.

  4. Do guests need tickets to attend the Main Ceremony on Commencement Day?

    Yes. Each graduate who submits an Online Commencement Application by April 24 is guaranteed up to 8 tickets. Students please note: Tickets must be picked up before May 18 or they will be released.

  5. Are commencement tickets transferable?

    Yes. If you do not need all of your complimentary tickets, you are welcome to give them to a fellow graduate.

  6. What if I need more than 8 tickets?

    Tickets that have not been picked up by May 18 will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, at the Panthertainment booth in the University Center beginning at 10am on Monday, May 18th. [Off-campus students: if tickets become available, your site coordinators will have a supply. Please contact them after May 18 regarding instructions for pickup – Manhattan: James Ruddy 212.965.8346; Hauppauge: Loreen Gilbert 631.300.4350; Hudson Valley: Laurene Bengel 845.471.3348]

  7. What time does the ceremony begin?

    The student processional begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

  8. How long is the ceremony?

    2-3 hours

  9. Are there food and beverages for the guests?

    Guests are not permitted to bring food or drink into the Coliseum, but the concession stands will be open for the duration of the ceremony.

  10. Can parents sit near their graduate?

    Graduates will be seated by school in the floor section of the Coliseum. Click here to see the floor layout in order to have an idea in which section you’d like to sit.

  11. Will I have my photo taken when I receive my degree?

    Graduates will be photographed at 3 different points by Chappell Photographers. Proofs will be emailed to you at a later date, 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.

  12. Where’s my diploma?

    Empty diploma cases will be placed on each degree candidate’s seat at the Coliseum. Please take the diploma case up to the stage for your photograph. Degrees are officially awarded after certification of transcripts and the printing of the diplomas. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates 6-8 weeks after the degree is conferred. Diplomas will not be mailed to students with holds on their accounts.

  1. Is there a charge for parking at the Coliseum?

    No. Parking is FREE, and there are over 6,000 parking spaces.

  2. Does Adelphi provide transportation to the Coliseum?

    Yes. Please click here for more information.

  3. What time will guests be permitted to enter the Coliseum on Commencement Day?

    The doors will open after 8:00 a.m.

  4. My guests require special assistance. What accommodations are available, and where can I find more information?

    If you or your guests require special assistance, please see the information available on the web page of The Office of Disability Support Services.

  5. Will there be a sign language interpreter at the ceremony?

    There will be American Sign Language interpretation of the opening remarks and speeches at the Doctoral Hooding ceremony on campus and at the main ceremony at the Coliseum. Guests requiring visual access to the interpreters must reserve seating in advance no later than May 1, 2009. For reservations, e-mail dss@adelphi.edu or call 516.877.3145. Seating is restricted to Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing guests.

  1. Will my Adelphi e-mail account terminate after I graduate?

    If you continue to use your account and log in monthly, it will never terminate.

  2. Where can I order diploma frames, class rings and Adelphi commemorative items?

    All items are available at the Adelphi Bookstore. The best time to purchase them is at the Adelphi Graduation Fair on May 4th and 5th from 11am to 6pm. The Manhattan Center Graduation Fair is Thursday, May 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit the Bookstore website for more information.

  3. Where can I get extra copies of the Commencement Program?

    If you would like a copy of the program from either the Doctoral Hooding on May 20 or the main Commencement ceremony on May 21 at Nassau Coliseum, please send an email to kmunkenbeck@adelphi.edu or call 516.877.3480. You can request multiple copies.

  4. Will the ceremony be broadcast?

    A video of the ceremony can be viewed or downloaded from the Adelphi website after the ceremony. A broadband connection is required.

  5. I have other questions – whom do I call?

    Questions about your degree or diploma: Office of the University Registrar 516.877.3300 or from a campus phone, extension 2210.

    All other questions: call the Commencement Office at 516.877.4695.




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