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.

Applying for Graduation Using CUNYFirst

Completing Outstanding Requirements Listed on Your Degree Audit Result

Students must only complete the specific outstanding requirements listed on their degree audit results in order to graduate. Students must complete outstanding requirements by December 20th for a planned Fall or Winter Graduation, May 20th for a planned Spring Graduation, and August 10th for a planned Summer Graduation.

Checking Degree Status and Conferral Timeline


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 invited to participate in both, depending on your graduation date. For questions on the School of Education’s Graduation Celebration, please email


Visit One Stop For Students for Diploma information.