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Frequently Asked Questions

Students

Q: What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

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

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

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

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I received an information packet, but I've already graduated. Why?

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When and where do I purchase my cap and gown?

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How do Doctoral candidates order their academic attire?

Q: Will honors cords, ribbons, or pins be provided with my academic regalia?

Q: If I am not due to graduate until August, am I permitted to walk in May?

Ceremony

Q: On which side does my tassel go?

Q: What time should students arrive at the Coliseum?

Q: How do I wear the robe, cap, tassel, and hood?

Q: Do guests need tickets?

Q: What time does the ceremony begin?

Q: How long is the ceremony?

Q: Are there food and beverages available for guests at the Coliseum?

Q: Can parents sit near their graduate?

Q: Will I have my photo taken when I receive my degree?

Q: Where's my diploma?

Guests

Q: Is there a charge for parking at the Coliseum?

Q: Does Adelphi provide transportation to the Coliseum?

Q: What time will guests be permitted to enter the Coliseum on Commencement Day?

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

Q: Will there be a sign language interpreter at the ceremony?

General

Q: Will my Adelphi e-mail account terminate after I graduate?

Q: Where can I order diploma frames, class rings and Adelphi commemorative items?

Q: Where can I get extra copies of the Commencement Program?

Q: Will the ceremony be broadcast?

Q: I have other questions—whom do I call?




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. 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.

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Q: I don't plan to attend the ceremonies; do I need to apply for graduation?
A: YES! All students, whether or not they attend the ceremonies, must apply for graduation.

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Q: If I 'walk' in the May ceremony, does that mean that I graduated?
A: 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.

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Q: I haven't received an information packet for Commencement. Why?
A: First make sure you have registered to graduate (see Question 1). The packets are sent in the spring 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 (PDF 412KB) and printed. If you are a doctoral candidate, see Question 6.

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Q: I received an information packet, but I've already graduated. Why?
A: If you completed your degree requirements in August, your name would be part of the group to graduate in the following year's May ceremony. For example, the class walking in the May 2010 ceremony includes candidates who will complete requirements for their degree in May 2010, but also includes the August 2009 and December 2009 graduates

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Q: When and where do I purchase my cap and gown?
A: 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 will take place at the AU Bookstore in Garden City. Beginning in early May, you can purchase your 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 certain days, students will be able to purchase their academic attire at the AU Bookstore in Garden City until the week before the ceremony. 

Manhattan Center students will have their own Graduation Fair (PDF 68KB)

Hauppauge and Hudson Valley students should contact their Commencement Coordinator for academic attire order forms. 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.

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Q: How do Doctoral candidates order their academic attire?
A: 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 2010 semester, you will receive a Doctoral mailing (PDF 104KB) which provides the information for ordering. If you have not received the packet, contact Karen Munkenbeck at 516.877.3480 or kmunkenbeck@adelphi.edu. Rental orders take 6 weeks; candidates must order by April 3, 2010. All doctoral candidates keep their tam and tassel.

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Q: Will honors cords, ribbons, or pins be provided with my academic regalia?
A: No. You must contact your honor society regarding any special honors regalia.

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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:
  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. Please 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 three criteria, the next step is to download, print, and complete a Request to Participate in Graduation Ceremonies, (PDF 32KB) obtain the required signatures and submit it to the Office of Academic Services and Retention in Levermore, Room 303.




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 Tuesday, May 18, promptly at 8:00 a.m. Enter through Gate 5 in academic robes with photo ID

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Q: How do I wear the robe, cap, tassel, and hood?
A: Please watch the video for “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. Degree candidates should arrive in caps and gowns at their designated assembly area.

The associate's, bachelor's, and master's cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear.

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Q: On which side does my tassel go?
A: 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!” , In unison, the undergraduates 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.

Doctoral candidates should carry their hoods so that the color that represents the degree is clearly visible. Your mentor and a faculty member will place the hood on your head during the ceremony.

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Q: Do guests need tickets?
A: No. This is the first year that guests do not need tickets for either the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony or the main Commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum.

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Q: What time does the ceremony begin?
A: The student processional begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

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Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: Two to three hours.

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Q: Are there food and beverages for the guests?
A: 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.

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Q: Can parents sit near their graduate?
A: Graduates will be seated by school in the floor section of the Coliseum. View the diagram of Nassau Coliseum in order to have an idea in which section you’d like to sit.

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Q: Will I have my photo taken when I receive my degree?
A: Graduates will be photographed at three different points by Grad Images. 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. The Customer Service number for Grad Images is 1.800.261.2576.

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Q: Where's my diploma?
A: Actual diplomas will not be distributed during the Commencement ceremony. 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.




Q: Is there a charge for parking at the Coliseum?
A: No. Parking is FREE, and there are over 6,000 parking spaces

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Q: Does Adelphi provide transportation to the Coliseum?
A: Yes. Buses will depart from the Hempstead LIRR station from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for any student and/or guest requiring transportation to the Nassau Coliseum. The buses will also be available for transportation back to the Hempstead LIRR station after the ceremony concludes, until about 2:30. Students should indicate on the Online Commencement Application form if transportation is needed

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Q: What time will guests be permitted to enter the Coliseum on Commencement Day?
A: The doors will open after 8:00 a.m.

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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 webpage of The Office of Disability Support Services.

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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 Doctoral Hooding ceremony on campus and at the main ceremony at the Coliseum. Guests requiring visual access to the interpreters must reserve seating 3 weeks in advance. 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




Q: Will my Adelphi email account terminate after I graduate?
A: Your AU Gmail account will remain active after graduation.

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Q: Where can I order diploma frames, class rings and Adelphi commemorative items?
A: All items are available at the Adelphi Bookstore. The best time to purchase them is at the Adelphi Graduation Fair. Visit the Bookstore website for more information.

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Q: Where can I get additional copies of the Commencement Program?
A: If, after the ceremony, you would like additional copies of the program from either the Doctoral Hooding or the main Commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum, please send an email to kmunkenbeck@adelphi.edu or call 516.877.3480. You can request multiple copies.

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Q: Will the ceremony be broadcast?
A: Although a DVD of the ceremony is not available, the ceremony can be viewed on the Adelphi website the week following Commencement. A broadband connection is required.

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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, extension 2210. All other questions: call the Commencement Office at 516.877.4695.


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