168th Commencement Ceremony Of The City College Of New York

The City College of New York, celebrating its 175th historic anniversary and originally known as The Free Academy, held its first Commence­ment in 1853 with a graduating class of just 17. As we step into the 175th year of academic success, we hold true to the history and the stage set by those first matriculating in 1853. For that reason, this year we will celebrate the 168th graduating class, which corrects for how the College previously counted the number of graduations since 1847.

Congratulations to the class of 2021, the 168th graduating class of The City College of New York!

We salute the graduates from all the different schools and divisions of the City College of New York and we look forward to seeing them follow in the footsteps of thousands of alumni who have made a difference in the community, the city, the country, and the world.

Commencement Video artwork


Watch Virtual Salute To Graduates

Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00am

2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Honors student and English major Matthew Romano is CCNY’s 2021 Valedictorian. Shilpa Ann Shaju, a political science and international studies double major from the Macaulay Honors College, is Salutatorian.

Meet our Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

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Divisional and Schools Ceremonies
Group of CCNY Students

Each school will host a celebration to honors its graduates.

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Information for Graduates
Students sitting at Commencement

All the information you need for Commencement.

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Commencement Book
Commencement Book

2021 Commencement book

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President Vincent Boudreau


"You are the light of our lives, the fulfillment of our hopes, and our best chance at a fair and just society. I am honored to offer each and everyone of you my most enthusiastic and profound congratulations."​

President Vincent Boudreau

President's Class of 2021 Message