Everything You Need to Know About Graduation
To obtain a degree or certificate from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, an application for graduation is required. Students in their final term or when coursework has been completed must submit an Application for Graduation. If all requirements are not met by the end of the final term of attendance, the student must reapply for graduation in order to be considered for a subsequent term.
Effective Spring 2014, students will apply for graduation only via CUNYfirst Self Service. The first day to apply for graduation is the first day of classes for the term and the last day to apply for graduation is the same day as the withdrawal deadline for the term.
Please consult with the Academic Calendar for the first and the last date to apply for graduation for a given term.
I. Graduation Requirements†
To be eligible for graduation from BMCC, you must:
- Successfully complete all the required courses and credits in your program of study.
- Earn at least a 2.0 GPA.
- Complete at least 30 credits in residence if you are an advanced standing or second degree student.
- Pass the CUNY Writing Assessment Test.
- Pass a Writing Intensive Course* beyond ENG 201 in order to graduate.
- Apply for Graduation.
*Students who began prior to Spring 2008 are exempt from the Writing Intensive requirement in order to graduate.
†Graduation requirements are subject to change without notice any time at the discretion of the administration and the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York.
II. Applying for Graduation
Login to CUNYfirst, select HR/Campus Solutions→ Self Service→ Degree Progress/Graduation →select Apply for Graduation → click on Apply for Graduation link for the academic program you intend to complete at end of the term.
From the Expected Graduation Term dropdown menu, select the term you intend to complete your requirements (i.e. 2014 Fall). Select continue to verify data and then click “Submit Application”. You will receive a message that you have successfully applied for graduation.
III. Graduation Evaluation Process
After you have applied for graduation, an evaluation will be performed to determine if you have met the degree requirements. Notification will be sent via regular mail within approximately 2-3 weeks. Graduation evaluations are done 3 times during the term:
- Initial evaluation: Performed after student submits graduation application.
- Secondary evaluation: Performed after the end of the withdrawal period to determine if student remains eligible for graduation.
- Final evaluation: Performed after all grades and other end of term processing is completed.
IV. Viewing Graduation Status
Students will be able to view their graduation status by accessing CUNYfirst by using the following navigation: Login to CUNYfirst;select HR/Campus Solutions→ Self Service→ Degree Progress/Graduation→ View Graduation Status
There are seven types of graduation statuses:
- Eligible to Apply – Based on the total number of credits completed so far, CUNYfirst has determined the student is eligible to submit an Application for Graduation online.
- Applied for Graduation – The Application for Graduation has been received by the Office of the Registrar and is currently on queue for review.
- Program in Review – The Application for Graduation is currently being reviewed by the Registrar. Once the review is complete a new status will be assigned.
- Need to Finish Pending Work – The Application for Graduation has been reviewed by the Office of the Registrar, but further action is required from the student before the request can be approved.
- Approved – Everything is in order. The Application for Graduation has been reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and the student has been placed on the potential graduate list.
- Denied – The Application for Graduation has been reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and the student does not meet the requirements for graduation.
- Degree Awarded – Degree has been officially awarded.
V. Commencement Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony is held once a year in late May or early June. It is for students who have graduated in the previous Summer/Fall terms and Winter session as well as candidates for the upcoming Spring term. Please refer to the Commencement webpage for more information about Commencement.
Graduates will receive a letter informing them to pick up their diploma approximately 16 weeks after their graduation date. If you live outside of 5 boroughs, you may request in writing to have your diploma mailed. The letter must contain your full name, CUNYfirst ID# or last four of SSN along with a clear copy of your photo ID and the complete mailing address to where you wish to have it mailed.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I have 60 credits, am I ready to graduate?
The majority of students are very close to graduation when they reach 60 credits. You can check your status on Degree Works (Advisement Audit) through the CUNY Portal or be seeing your Academic Advisor.
2. Can I get a letter verifying that I graduated?
After your degree is posted on your transcript, you can request an Enrollment Verifiction letter and choose “Earned Degree” to appear on the letter.
3. Can I have my transcript held until the degree is posted?
If you want your transcript request to be held until the degree is posted, be sure to specify that when making your request. All obligations, whether academic and/or financial, must be cleared before your records will be released.
4. What if I need to change my name on my diploma?
Once you have graduated, your records are officially sealed. You will have to officially change your name with the Registrar’s Office before the end of the semester.
5. How can I order a duplicate diploma?
Complete the Duplicate Diploma Request form, along with $30 check or money order payment addressed to BMCC. Please keep in mind that it will take approximately 6 months to receive your diploma.
6. Can I still take a class after I graduate?
Yes, you can attend BMCC as a Non-Degree or Second Degree student. You should contact the Admission’s Office (S-310) after your last semester.