Frequently Asked Questions
Q: 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. 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.
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. 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.
Q: If I 'walk' in the May ceremony, does that mean that I graduated?
A: No. 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.
Q: I haven't received an information packet for Commencement. Why?
A: Again, make sure you have applied for graduation (see Question #1). The packets are sent to your local address, not necessarily your ‘home’ address. If you haven’t been receiving any university mail, go to the Registrar’s Office in Levermore Hall to update your contact information. If you have registered to graduate, you may download the commencement packet or come to the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) in Room 110 of the University Center for a complete packet, including a beautiful engraved graduation announcement.
If you are a doctoral candidate, see Question 6.
Q: When and where do I purchase my cap and gown?
A: One more time, please make sure you have registered to graduate (see Question #1).
The best time to purchase your cap and gown is during the Grad Fair on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24, from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the AU 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 Thursday, May 19. 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 Graduation Fair.
Manhattan Center students will have their own Grad Fair on Thursday, May 3, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 5, from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 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: Debbie Perez 516.877.8103]. 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 shipped.
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 semester, you will receive 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 require almost 2 months to process—candidates must order by April 6, 2012. All doctoral graduates keep their tam and tassel.
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.
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 3 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; and
- 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 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.
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. 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.
Q: What time should students arrive at the Coliseum?
A: 8:00 a.m. Students are asked to report to the Expo Center on the lower level of the Coliseum on Friday, May 20 promptly at 8:00 a.m. Enter through Gate 5 in academic robes with
Q: How do I wear the robe, cap, tassel, and hood?
Q: Tassel Ė Right or Left?
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.
Masters and Doctoral candidates: 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 either the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony or the main Commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum.
Q: What time does the ceremony begin?
A: At the Coliseum, the student processional begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.
Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: 2 ½-3 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 the concession stands will be open for the duration of the ceremony.
Q: May parents and guests sit near their graduate?
A: The students will be seated by school on the floor of the arena. See the Where to Sit page for more information, including a diagram of the floor layout which shows student seating. Please note that Section 101 is not open seating – it is reserved for guests of the senior class officers, student government association, 50th reunion attendees, and platform party guests.
Q: Will I have my photo taken when I receive my degree?
A: Graduates will be photographed at 3 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.
Q: Where's my diploma?
A: 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. 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: How is parking at the Coliseum?
A: Parking is FREE, and there are over 6,000 parking spaces.
Q: We donít want to drive—is it possible to get there using public transportation?
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 7:30 a.m. to 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. Students should indicate on the 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 Commencement Day?
A: The doors will open after 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: 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, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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: If you continue to use your account and log in monthly, it will never terminate.
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 Grad Fair. Visit the Bookstore website for more information.
Q: How may I request 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, simply send an email to email@example.com or call 516.877.3480. 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, extension 2210.
All other questions: call the Commencement Office at 516.877.4695.
This page was last modified on July 25, 2012.