Information for Faculty and Marshals

There are several ways for Faculty and Staff to participate in the pageantry of the annual City College Commencement Ceremony.


The Faculty Procession is a key component of the main Academic Procession which opens the commencement ceremony. Members of the faculty, wearing their colorful academic regalia enter South Field as a group and then sit together, close to the stage, to view the ceremony.

The President and Provost request that each academic department be represented at graduation exercises by half of its full-time faculty.  It is important to ensure faculty attendance at this most important occasion for our students.  If you are interested in participating in the Faculty Procession, please contact your department chair.  If you need to purchase academic regalia, please see the information below.

Each chair is requested to send the names of those in their department who will march. Those names will be compiled in an excel file to include First Name, Last Name, Department, E-mail address and phone extension.  Please send this to Dominic Stellini by April 29, 2024.


All members of the faculty and staff are invited to volunteer to serve as Commencement Marshals. Marshals are crucial for the smooth functioning of the commencement exercises.  In order to manage the many parts of the Ceremony efficiently, Marshals are divided into several teams:

  • Student Procession Marshals
  • Seating Marshals
  • Faculty Marshals
  • House Marshals
  • Accessibility Marshals

Descriptions of the responsibilities of each team can be found here.

The College will supply basic gowns to all Marshals who need them. If you would like regalia that reflects your degree, you will need to provide your own or order from the commencement vendor.  See the section below for more information.

Please note, if you are a faculty member and would like to march and sit with the faculty during the ceremony, serving as a marshal does not preclude you from doing so.

To volunteer, please complete the online CCNY 2024 Commencement Marshal Registration by April 19th.


The College has contracted with Herff Jones to provide academic regalia for all commencement participants. It is recommended that you order during the standard ordering period which ends on April 19, 2024.

Regalia Ordering:

Standard Ordering Period (until 4/19/24)

During this order period you may choose either on-campus pick up for no additional charge or elect to have items shipped to your home for an additional cost of $18.10

Expedited Ordering Period (4/20/2024 – 5/1/2024)

During this period, the only delivery option is Home Shipping.  The cost for expedited home shipping during this period will be $26.65

Ordering Procedures:

  • Visit the Herff Jones Faculty Direct
  • In the Find Your School search box enter “The City College of New York” (You will be asked where you earned your degree later in the process.)
  • In the “Choose your school, campus, or organization box, select your delivery method (for the standard ordering period only)
  • Complete the rest of the ordering process.


Pre-ordered regalia will be available for pickup in the Nat Holman Gymnasium in Marshak Hall, on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024, NAC Ballroom from 12 pm to 7 pm
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024, NAC Ballroom from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024, NAC Flex Space from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024, NAC Flex Space from 9 am to 5 pm

If you missed the May 1, 2024 ordering deadline, Herff Jones will have open stock available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis at the above times.

NOTE: CWE Faculty may pick up orders on the dates listed above or on Tuesday, May 21, 2024,  from 4 pm to 6 pm in the CWE Auditorium, 25 Broadway.


If you have any questions or need additional information, feel free to contact Dominic Stellini at  or by phone at 212-650-6968.

NOTE: Commencement will take place outdoors and on a grass surface: flat shoes are advised for comfort and mobility.

Last Updated: 03/12/2024 16:24