Student Commencement Information - TICKETS ARE NOT REQUIRED. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Only candidates are allowed in the Candidate Seating Areas.

Family and guests need to be seated by 7:45 AM.


Students will receive six invitations.

Invitation Pick-Up Location

Office of Student Activities will distribute during Senior Salute.

Academic Attire - Cap, Gown, Hood, Tassel 

Proper academic attire is mandatory for all students.

If you did not order your cap and gown online (the deadline to order online was May 6, 2019), you can still purchase them at the Senior Salute on May 14 & 15 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm in the York College Atrium.

Pricing is below.  This includes late fee and tax.

Payment accepted: cash or money order only.  No credit/debit cards or personal checks will be accepted for payment.

Bachelor cap, gown, tassel & hood $80

Master cap, gown, tassel & hood $86

Stole $35

For more information visit Senior Day.

Conferring Of Degrees

At the appointed time graduates will be asked to walk across the platform to be greeted by the President. A photograph will be taken of each graduate as he/she stands with the President. After all, graduates have returned to their seats, the President will confer the degrees and tassels may be moved from the right to the left side of the cap.


Upon arrival in the robing area, each graduate will be asked to complete (please print clearly) a form, which will serve a dual purpose. First, it will be presented to the reader when reaching the platform so that names may be announced when called to the platform. Second, it will be used by the photographers as notification regarding the purchase of your individual picture with the President. Your photo proofs may be obtained either electronically or by mail. There will be no charge for the proofs, and you will be under no obligation to make a purchase. Since photographs will be taken of all graduates as they walk across the platform, we ask that all other photos be taken either before or after the ceremony.


Parking will be available in the College's two parking lots on Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Street parking on Liberty Avenue and other surrounding areas may also be available.


  1. It is recommended that graduates wear flat or low heel shoes.
  2. Please do not leave personal items of any kind in the robing area.
  3. The cap, gown, hood, and tassel belong to you and do not need to be returned to the College.
  4. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. If it rains, students and faculty will be provided with a waterproof poncho.

Watch It Live!

You can see the Commencement Ceremony live at on the day of Commencement, Friday, May 31, at 9:00 AM.