Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Ceremony Information



Commencement Ceremony

2023 Commencement Ceremony

June 2, 2023
3:30 pm

Barclays Center

For the 2023 Commencement Ceremony, we will be hosting one ceremony only.

There will be future email communications regarding the RSVP and ticketing process. Please continue to monitor your email and our commencement page for updates.

Graduate icon Cap and Gown Information

Oak Hall Cap and Gown, Inc. is John Jay College's exclusive regalia vendor. Cap and gown orders deadline is April 23rd. 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.

For undgraduate students, regalia will include cap, gown and tassel.
For masters students, regalia will include cap, gown, hood and tassel.

Wheelchair icon. Information for Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a graduating student in need of accommodations, you must contact the Office of Accessibility Services by May 15. Please contact Gizele Terry at 

If your guests are requiring accessibility accommodations, all you will need to do is speak to a Barclays staff person or Guest Services on the day of the ceremony.

Wheelchair icon. Religious Accommodations

For students that are in need of religious accommodations please email the Dean of Students at

Ticket icon Ticket Information

The Commencement Ceremony is for Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, and Spring 2023 graduates. There are approximately 3,500 eligible graduates in the class of 2023.

As a graduate, you do not need a ticket for the Commencement Ceremony. Your cap and gown will serve as your entry ticket. However, each of your guests (child and adult) must have a ticket. Each graduate will receive up to three (3) tickets for their guests. 

If there are extra guest tickets after the initial distribution has been completed, we will notify all students of the process. Extra guest tickets are subject to availability based on the number of students attending the ceremony.

More detailed information will be shared regarding the RSVP and guest ticket distribution process.

Globe icon International 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 date and location is TBA for 2023.

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.