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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Commencement 2018
Commencement 2018
CCNY outdoors

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

The Divisional Commencement Ceremony

will be

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018

South Campus Lawn (Entrance on 135th St. & Convent Ave.)

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

(Gates open at 9:30 AM)



Only Students who graduated in September 2017, or January/February 2018, or applied for June 2018 graduation may request commencement tickets.


Each student will be given upto 3 tickets for guests.



WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 between 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm

TUESDAY, MAY 29 between 12:00 am and 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 between 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm





The security of our City College Community is always a College priority.  To ensure guest safety and efficient entry into all commencement ceremonies next week, no drones, bags, packages, backpacks, umbrellas or selfie sticks will be allowed into these venues during our main and divisional graduations.  Graduation venues include The South Campus Great Lawn, Aaron Davis Hall, the Great Hall of Shepard Hall and Spitzer Gallery.

Those who do not comply with this directive will have banned items searched, and can expect to be delayed in entering the seating or marching areas. There will be no provisions for checking these items.

Thank you for your cooperation at this important time.




Graduates do not need a ticket for commencement but tickets for guests* are required.
  • The tickets are free and are to be picked up in NAC 6/141.
  • You can pick up your cap and gown in Nat Holman Gym. (See below.)
  • **Tickets may be picked up when you pick up your regalia on May 23th, 29th, 30th, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Tickets must be ordered via Eventbrite and picked up in person. Please note that you will need to use your official City College email address in order to request tickets. The maximum number of tickets, per student, is three (3). You will need your student ID or driver's license to receive your tickets. If you cannot pick up your tickets on the above dates, a friend or family member can pick them up for you. They must bring a copy of your ID and a signed note from you authorizing them to pick up your tickets. When you pick up your tickets, you will receive formal instructions and a graduation packet with detailed instructions about what you will need to have on the morning of commencement. Once you have picked up your tickets, your name will be crossed off the list, and you will not be able to pick up tickets at any other time.* Every guest who needs a seat, needs a ticket. Infants and toddlers (age 2 and under) who will sit on adults' laps do not need tickets.

And, finally, please note that selling of tickets to this event are strictly prohibited.


By now, you should have ordered your cap and gown from Herff Jones. If you have not received your order, please contact Student Life in NAC 1/210.
Caps and Gowns may be picked up on following dates from Nat Holman Gym:

  • Wednesday, May 23th, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, May 29th,  11:00 am - 6:00 pm  
  • Wednesday, May 30th, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 
  • Thursday, May 31st, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Friday, June 1st, 7:30 am to 10:00 am 

Please note, if you pre-ordered your regalia at the Graduate Salute or online, you will pick them up on the above dates, along with your tickets.

About your regalia:
CCNY Undergraduate students do not wear hoods.
CCNY caps have tassels in the school colors.
CCNY Graduate students wear hoods colored according to their degree.

Wear your academic robe closed. Your cap should be centered on your head with the mortarboard (the top) flat, not tilted. Caps tend to slip; hairpins will help. No jeans please; wear shoes, not sneakers. For undergraduates, the tassel on your cap should be worn in front on the right side; they will be switched to the left when the President confers the degrees near the end of the ceremony. The cap and gown are yours to keep.
No student will be allowed to walk without their Cap and Gown.


Detailed map of the South Campus Great Lawn is below. For students with mobility issues please contact Access Ability Center (Student Disability Services) at 212-650-5913.


Students who are not eligible to graduate until SEPTEMBER 2018 but wish to walk, must first have over 100 Credits posted in there Transcripts. They must bring letter from there advisors stating they are eligible to graduate SEPT 2018 and will be enrolling in the remaining classes for Summer 2018.

PLEASE NOTE that even though you are allowed to walk, you are not graduating, and your name cannot be listed in the program. 


The ceremony will go on rain or shine. You and your guests should prepare for the possibility of inclement weather, bright sunlight, and extreme heat. We recommend bringing sunscreen and bug repellent as you will be sitting on a grassy area of the south campus great lawn.


Please emphasize to your guests that aisles and walkways must remain clear, and that they and you must remain seated during the entire ceremony and procession. Please be mindful of the person sitting behind you when holding balloons and umbrellas


Programs will be handed out as guests arrive for the ceremony. They will contain the names of September 2017 and January-February 2018 graduates, and June 2018 candidates for graduation, as provided by the Office of the Registrar.


The Commencement ceremony will be professionally photographed. Photo locations will be set up for public use from and for an hour after the ceremony. Detailed information on photo locations will be added before May 28. As a public event, any activity and all portions of the event may be captured in video and/or still photography. Please visit the CCNY website to review the Photo-Release policy and any information related to the Opting-Out.


Diplomas are not presented at Commencement. Students will be notified by e-mail to their CCNY account when they are available for pickup. For further information please call the Registrar's office at 212-650-7861.


No parking will be available on campus. We recommend that you start early and take public transportation, car-pool, or get dropped off if possible. The following is a list of public parking lots near CCNY:

MPG Uptown 2, LLC 3333 Broadway
(between 134th & Riverside Drive)  
(212) 281-0698  Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week.

Y&H Garage, 526-534 West 134th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
(212) 862-3502  Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

MTP Parking, 90 Old Broadway
(between 131st & 133rd Street)  
(212) 280-7487 Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

MTP Operating Corp. 265 Edgccombe Avenue at 145th Street
(212) 234-9227  Open every day from 7 am-7 pm  

Entrance on Edgecombe (One Way Street) Go North of 145th
Street on St. Nicholas Avenue and make the first right turn. Go to Edgecombe Avenue and make a right turn. Go to the entrance to the garage at 145th Street.

Note: All listed garages charge extra for vans, SUVs and trucks



Current students, looking for information on overtallying into classes? Please visit: Colin Powell School Overtallies

Prospective students, interested in learning more about how to apply to the Colin Powell School? Please visit: Information for new students



North Academic Center
Room 6/141
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
p: 212.650.5861
f: 212.750.5865

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