2019 Annual Commencement


You will be a member of the FIRST official graduating class of the new CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. Here you will find all of the information you need for this momentous day.


Date: Friday, June 14, 2019

Time: 4:30pm, students and faculty are expected to arrive by 2:30pm

Location: Proshansky Auditorium—Concourse Level
The Graduate Center 365 5th Avenue New York, NY 10016


Monday, April 1st First Day to Register for Commencement
Wednesday, May 17th Last day to Register for Commencement
Wednesday, May 29th Information Session; Pickup Tickets, and Cap & Gown CANCELLED
Thursday, May 30th Information Session; Pickup Tickets, and Cap & Gown CANCELLED
Friday,  May 31th Information Session; Pickup Tickets, and Cap & Gown CANCELLED
Monday,  June 3rd Information Session; Pickup Tickets, and Cap & Gown
Tuesday, June 4th Information Session; Pickup Tickets, and Cap & Gown
Saturday, June 8th Last Information Session; Pickup Tickets, and Cap & Gown
Friday, June 14th Graduation Ceremony at 4:30 pm. Students and faculty must arrive at the Graduate Center no later than 3PM.


All Information Sessions are scheduled for 5pm/6pm, except Saturday June 8th, which begins at 10am/11am.

Register for Commencement

Registration for Commencement is now open and will remain open until May 17th.  Please be sure to type in your legal first and last name, as you would like it to appear on your diploma, when registering for this event.  Review these instructions and register here.

Important Information

All students who elect to march at commencement must have a cap and gown. The purchase of  “Graduation Regalia” includes a cap, gown, and tassel.  Degree students also wear a hood. You can now place your graduation regalia order through Jostens.

Two tickets will be issued per graduate and must be picked up at an Information Session.  If additional tickets are needed there will be a wait list.

If you or your guest requires any accommodation, please notify us at least two (2) weeks in advance at Commencement@slu.cuny.edu

As you cross the stage and shake hands with the Dean and a representative of SLU, there will be a professional photographer to take your photo.  Information regarding the purchase of photos will be posted on our website and emailed to graduates’ SLU email account.

Please inform all guests that they cannot bring any balloons, cake, or food to the ceremony.  This is CUNY Graduate Center policy and is strictly enforced.

Graduation Checklist

  • Meet with advisor/confer with advisor to ensure graduation requirements are met
  • Apply for graduation via CUNYfirst
  • Register to attend commencement
  • Order your graduation cap, gown, tassel, hood (only MA students wear a hood)
  • Attend Information Session: pickup tickets, cap and gown
  • Complete Graduation Survey
  • Deadline to purchase cap and gown is May 17th (No cap and gown can be purchased after this date)
  • Commencement day: Arrive at 3PM, Ceremony begins at 4:30PM
  • Sign Photo Release form

Student Speaker Nomination

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications to be the 2019 Student Commencement  Speaker. If you are interested in applying, or if you wish to nominate a fellow student for this honor, please fill out the nomination form and return to Commencement@slu.cuny.edu by March 30th.  We are looking for students capable of not only speaking to the school’s commitment to social justice and equality, but students whose own experience at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies both captures this commitment and can serve to inspire fellow graduates. As the first graduate ceremony held at the CUNY School for Labor and Urban Studies, we are excited to provide a student the opportunity to inspire us and to show the world what this school and its students are all about.