Graduation and Commencement



Graduation is the official completion of your program and conferral of an academic degree. In order to graduate, students must apply for graduation using CUNYFirst the semester before the semester of their planned graduation and complete any outstanding requirements by the stated deadlines.


Commencement is the celebration of graduation – or impending graduation – usually held prior to a degree being conferred.

There are two ceremonies celebrating graduation:

The School of Education ceremony is a separate celebration from Hunter College’s commencement ceremony. You are encouraged to participate in both. For questions on the School of Education’s Graduation Celebration, please email


Visit One Stop For Students for Diploma information.