Graduate Commencement

Graduate Commencement

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Time Event
2:30 p.m. Graduates report to designated assembly areas
3 p.m. Doors open for seating in the Meadowlands Exposition Center – tickets are required for all guests
4 p.m. Commencement procession begins
  • Tickets

    Each graduate will receive up to six guest tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Distribution will start Monday, April 18, 2022, through Friday, April 29, 2022, from your dean's office.

    You must complete the following before receiving your graduation packets:

    • Pay all Fees: Pay all outstanding tuition balances, if you have not done so already.
    • Exit Counseling: Online exit counseling is required if you borrowed federal loans (Stafford and/or Perkins) and/or the TEACH Grant. Students will be sent instructions by email and can refer to the Financial Aid exit counseling page.
    • Graduation Clearance Checklist: You will log on to Self-Service beginning April 8, 2022, to review your customized graduation clearance checklist. Your checklist outlines the requirements you need to complete BEFORE April 25, 2022 eligible to receive your graduation tickets.
  • Cap and Gown Distribution

    Only students who have been cleared to graduate will be provided academic attire. There is no additional charge for your cap and gown, and you do not have to return it after the ceremony.

    Caps and gowns must be ordered online. You can place your order from the Manhattan College bookstore.

    Recognized clubs and academic honor societies may apply for permission to wear cords at Commencement by emailing the office of the Provost at

  • COVID-19 Information

    Please visit this page for COVID-19 protocols that must be followed in order to attend the Baccalaureate Mass, Spring Honors Convocation and Commencement. 

  • Photography

    Official College Photography

    Manhattan College has several official photographers taking photos for all the Commencement events. 

    Individual Student Photos

    Each student will have their photo taken during the Commencement ceremony as they cross the stage. Proofs of these photos and purchase options will be emailed to each student a few days following Commencement. 

    General Commencement Photos

    College photographers will be taking photos throughout the day for both Commencement events. These photos will be posted to a few days after the event. High-resolution photos can be downloaded free of charge.

    Guest Photography

    Guests who will be taking photographs during Commencement may not enter the aisles at any time during the academic procession. Also, no one is permitted to enter the student seating area for any reason. Please be mindful not to obstruct the view of other guests as you are taking photos. 

  • Diploma Distribution

    The Registrar's Office will be mailing your diploma to the permanent address we have on file for you.

    Congratulations on your achievement and please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • Keynote Speaker

    James McCann, founder and executive chairman of will address Manhattan College's class at Graduate Commencement on May 18 after receiving an honorary doctorate in humane letters. 

    McCann is a successful entrepreneur, business leader, author, media personality and philanthropist whose passion is helping people deliver smiles. McCann’s belief in the universal need for social connections and interaction led to his founding of, Inc., which he has grown into one of the world’s leading floral and gourmet gifting companies.

    Learn more about this Commencement Speaker