2017 Commencement Ceremonies
When: May 31, 2017
Time: 10:30AM or 3:30PM
Location: Arthur Ashe Stadium
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.
- Correctional Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Criminal Justice Management
- Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics
- Fire and Emergency Service
- Fire Science
- Police Studies
- Protection Management
- Public Administration
- Security Management
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Computer Science and Information Security
- Culture and Deviance Studies
- Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
- 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
- Political Science
- All Certificate Programs
- CUNYBA Program
Cap & Gown Information:
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 this year will take place on May 31, 2017 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, NY.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for verification of their immigration status and J-1 exchange visitors can contact the International Studies & Programs Office by emailing Mr. Kenneth Yanes at email@example.com 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.