Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Ceremony Information

2018 Commencement Ceremonies

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time: 10:30AM or 3:30PM

: Arthur Ashe Stadium
124-02 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY 11368
South Plaza Entrance

John Jay Colleges hosts two Commencement ceremonies, an AM ceremony (10:30AM) and a PM ceremony (3:30PM). Students should plan to attend the ceremony that includes their major. Please see below for a list of majors.

STUDENTS & GUESTS - Please enter through the main Arthur Ashe Stadium entrance by South Plaza and follow directional assistants and signage.

10:30AM Ceremony (Arrive at venue by 8:30AM):
  • Correctional Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Economics
  • Emergency Management
  • Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics
  • Fire and Emergency Service
  • Fire Science
  • Police Studies
  • Protection Management
  • Public Administration
  • Security Management


3:30PM Ceremony (Arrive at venue by 1:30PM):
  • Anthropology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science and Information Security
  • Criminology
  • Culture and Deviance Studies
  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
  • English
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology and Law
  • Forensic Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Global History
  • International Crime and Justice
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Humanities and Justice
  • Latin American & Latino/a Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Legal Studies
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Spanish
  • Sociology
  • Transnational Organized Crime Studies 
  • Victimology Stdudies in Forensic Psychology 
  • All Certificate Programs
  • CUNYBA Program


Graduate iconCap and Gown Information

Oak Hall Cap and Gown, Inc. is John Jay College's exclusive regalia vendor. Cap and gown orders will be taken until May 16, 2018 for students. Caps and gowns will NOT be available for borrowing, renting or purchasing at the venue on the day of commencement. You MUST have your regalia with you in order to walk across the stage. Please click on the appropriate link below to order.


Wheelchair icon.Information for Students and Guests with Disabilities

If you or one of your guests is in a wheelchair, uses a cane or a walker, requires sign language interpretation or has any other mobility and/or disability, please contact Nadia Griffith-Allen at 212-237-8119 or by May 1, 2018 so that accommodations can be made for you and your guests.

Ticket iconTicket Information

Please note that all students will receive SIX tickets for guests! Graduating students do not require a ticket. Extra tickets are NOT guaranteed. Please check your emails after Graduate Salute is over for announcements about extra ticket distribution information and what may or may not be available.  Tickets are free and sales are not encouraged. Duplication of tickets is strictly prohibited.

Globe iconInternational Students and Guests

John Jay College of Criminal Justice does not issue invitation letters for students' family members and/or friends. According to guidance from the U.S. Department of State, such a letter is neither necessary nor useful for the application for a B-1/B-2 Visitor's visa. B-1 is the classification for a Visitor for business, and B-2 for a Visitor for pleasure.

For general information on qualifying and applying for a visitor visa, go to the Department of State's information website at Specific instructions on documentation requirements for the B-1/B-2 visa application at the embassy or consulate where your relatives will apply can be found at

Writing an Invitation Letter - You may write a letter for your relatives inviting them to visit you. Include your family member’s name, birth date, relationship to you, passport number, the purpose and length of time of the visit, and whether you will provide for their room and board during their visit. If the invitation is to the graduation ceremony, you should also include the date and place of the graduation ceremony and our official Graduation webpage . The commencement ceremony this year will take place on May 30, 2018 in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Enrollment Verification - Official documentation to confirm your enrollment can be obtained at Jay Express. You may request an Enrollment Verification letter and an unofficial transcript.

Additional Documentation - If you are providing your visitor(s) a place to stay and meals, it is best if you can document this with a lease or room contract and your bank statements from the last 2 - 3 months. If you are not providing this support, your visitor(s) will need to provide evidence of their own financial resources for the visit. F-1 students can contact Ms. Inga Mezale at for verification of their immigration status and J-1 exchange visitors can contact the International Studies & Programs Office by emailing Mr. Kenneth Yanes at for a letter verifying their immigration status while at John Jay.

International Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa should also include a copy of an I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94 card as evidence of your immigration status in the U.S. Permanent residents and citizens can simply mention their immigration status in the above mentioned letter.

U.S. immigration law requires an applicant for a visa to overcome "the presumption of immigrant intent". This means that the individual should demonstrate that they have strong ties to their home country such as employment, property, and family and have no intention of staying permanently in the United States. John Jay cannot assist students in certifying that their family and friends intend to return to their home country so this burden of proof is on the visa applicants.