Commencement Ceremony Info

Commencement Ceremony

2024 Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
3:30 PM
(ceremony start time)
Barclays Center

For the 2024 Commencement Ceremony, we will be hosting one ceremony only.

Email communications are being sent to eligible graduates to register through the Commencement Dashboard to participate in the ceremony and reserve their guest tickets. Please continue to monitor your John Jay student email and our commencement page for updates.

Oak Hall Cap and Gown, Inc. is John Jay College's exclusive regalia vendor. Cap and gown orders deadline is April 28th. 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.

TBA 

For students that are in need of religious accommodations please email the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@jjay.cuny.edu.

The Commencement Ceremony is for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 and eligible Summer 2024 graduates. There are over 3,600 eligible graduates in the class of 2024. Each graduate who has registered to participate in the ceremony will receive THREE (3) guest tickets. The guest ticket distribution will be sent to the graduate's John Jay student email via Ticketmaster in mid-May. 

Each of your guests (children and adults) must have a ticket. Please note an important Barclays Center’s policy regarding children: “Children under 2 years old will not require a ticket but must sit on the lap of an accompanying ticketed adult. Any child that has reached their 2nd birthday will require a ticket to enter the arena and must occupy their ticketed seat only.”

After the initial guest ticket distribution, if there are additional tickets, we will notify all graduates who have registered to participate in the ceremony of the additional guest ticket distribution process. Guest tickets are subject to availability based on the total # of graduates who plan to participate in the ceremony.

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 http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html. 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 http://www.usembassy.gov/.

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 http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/graduation . The commencement ceremony date and location is Tuesday, May 28th at the Barlcays Center for 2024.

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 imezale@jjay.cuny.edu for verification of their immigration status and J-1 exchange visitors can contact the International Studies & Programs Office by emailing Mr. Kenneth Yanes at kyanes@jjay.cuny.edu 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.