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53rd Commencement Ceremony

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On Friday, June 1, BMCC will celebrate its 53rd commencement and the College will be having two ceremonies—one will be in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Both ceremonies will be held at the HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Morning Ceremony

  • Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for graduates, 10:15 a.m. for guests
  • Students in the following majors will attend the morning ceremony:
    Accounting Animation & Motion Graphics
    Art Foundations: Art History Art Foundations: Studio Art
    Forensic Accounting Bilingual Childhood Education
    Biotechnology Business Administration
    Business Management: Finance & Banking Business Management: General Management
    Business Management: Marketing Business Management: Travel & Tourism
    Childhood Education Communication Studies
    Community Health Education Computer Network Technology
    Computer Information Systems Computer Science
    Early Childhood Education: Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Education: Preschool
    Engineering Science Geographic Information Science
    Mathematics Modern Language: French
    Modern Language: Italian Modern Language: Spanish
    Multimedia Programming Design: Computer Arts & Design Multimedia Programming Design: Programming
    Office Operations School Health Education
    Science Science for Forensics
    Science for Health Professionals Secondary Education
    Small Business Entrepreneurship Theatre
    Video Arts & Technology Writing & Literature

Afternoon Ceremony

  • Doors open at 1:15 p.m. for graduates, 2:10 p.m. for guests
  • Students in the following majors will attend the afternoon ceremony:
    Criminal Justice Sociology
    Economics Gerontology
    Health Information Technology History
    Human Services Liberal Arts
    Nursing Paramedic
    Psychology Respiratory Therapy

PLEASE NOTE: It is preferred, but not mandatory, that faculty members who have students majoring in an area of study or department listed above, attend the ceremony to which their students are assigned. Faculty and staff members who do not have students majoring in an area of study in their department may attend either ceremony.

Additional details and the role of faculty and staff for both events will be provided shortly. For more information, call the Office of Student Affairs at (212) 220-8130.

Caps and Gowns

All graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony must march in cap and gown. There is no cost affiliated with your cap and gown. Distribution of caps and gowns will take place in the main lobby at 199 Chambers Street on the dates and times indicated below.

Don't forget to pick up your cap and gown!

Tuesday, May 22

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 24

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, May 25*

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Last Day of Distribution

Please bring your BMCC ID and these instructions when you pick up your cap and gown. Upon receipt of your cap and gown, you will be given a name card. Please save the name card, complete it and bring it with you to Commencement.


The Commencement Ceremony is for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 graduates. There are over 3,800 eligible graduates in the class of 2018.

As a graduate, you do not need a ticket for the Commencement Ceremony. Your cap and gown will serve as your entry ticket. However, each of your guests (child and adult) must have a ticket. Each graduate will receive up to three (3) tickets for his/her guests.

You may pick up your tickets in the main lobby at 199 Chambers Street on the dates and times indicated below:

Don't forget to pick up your tickets!

Tuesday, May 22

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 24

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, May 25

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Last Day of Distribution

Lottery for Additional Two Tickets

Graduates may enter a lottery for up to two (2) additional tickets on campus from Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - Friday, May 25, 2018. Lottery winners will be notified on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and may collect up to two (2) additional tickets on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, or Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guest Seating

The doors open to guests at 10:15 a.m. (morning session) and 2:10 p.m. (afternoon session). All guest seats are unreserved. Guests may sit in the guest section of The Theater on a first-come, first-served basis. They should remain in their seats throughout the ceremony. Please let your guests know to bring a photo ID.

Meeting Point

We strongly suggest that you prearrange a place to meet your guests after the ceremony.

Commencement Procedures for Graduates

Note: There is no dress rehearsal, so please read this section carefully.

  • Report to the HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden promptly (be sure to allow for adequate travel time).
  • Due to security checks, you must go through screening with the following: cap, gown, BMCC ID, these instructions, and the name card you received when you picked up your cap and gown.
  • Upon arrival, proceed to the main entrance. BMCC Production Assistants will direct you to your staging area for the processional lineup according to your major.
  • Graduates will march into the HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden and sit in their departmental areas led by Faculty Marshals.
  • The program begins (music, greetings, speeches, etc.).
  • When your academic major is called, stand and proceed to the stage. (You will be guided by Production Assistants.)
  • Give your name card to the appropriate Vice President or Dean on stage, so your name can be called.
  • Dr. Antonio Pérez, BMCC President, will present you with a diploma cover.
  • Shake hands with Dr. Pérez.
  • Go offstage and take your picture.
  • Please be courteous to your fellow graduates and guests.
  • Refrain from leaving your seat during the ceremony. The most solemn moment of Commencement is the conferral of degrees. This takes place after all the graduates have received their diploma covers and have returned to their seats. The college president exercises the authority to grant your Associate degree. Guests in the audience should remain quiet at this time.
  • After the closing remarks, the Platform Party will leave The Theater.
  • Graduates leave The Theater with their fellow graduates after the Platform Party leaves.
  • Guests must remain in their seats until all of the graduates have marched out.

BMCC Production Assistants (staff dressed in black and white, with blue and orange sashes) will be available to assist you throughout the day.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Activities, Room S230, or call 212-220-8160. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

Congratulations and best wishes on this joyous day!

Graduates and Guests with Disabilities

If you or one of your guests have a disability or need a sign language interpreter, please notify Mr. Marcos Gonzalez, Director of the Office of Accessibility, by calling (212) 220-8182 at least one week ahead of time. Students picking up tickets for guests with disabilities should also notify the box office. Guests in wheelchairs should arrive one hour before the event and enter MSG at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue.


At Commencement, you will receive a letter of congratulations from the President in your diploma cover. It does not contain your actual diploma. The Registrar's Office will send you a letter when your diploma is ready for pickup.

Mobile Phone and Personal Belongings

All cell phones and other devices must be turned off before entering the HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden and remain turned off during the ceremony. There is no coat check, so please do not bring backpacks, large purses, etc. If you do bring coats or any other belongings, you need to give them to one of your guests to hold.


Each child attending the ceremony requires a ticket and must be supervised by an adult. The commencement ceremony is at least three hours long. We strongly recommend that you do not bring infants, toddlers, and small children. They may become bored, restless, and noisy. Due to the length of the ceremony everyone, especially the children, should eat before arriving at the HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden.

2018 Yearbook

The 2018 Yearbook will be available for pick up for those students whose portraits appear in the book during the distribution of caps & gowns. For those without portraits, yearbooks will be available for pick after commencement from Office of Student Activities in S230, while supplies last.

BMCC President's Medal »