Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Ceremony Information



Commencement Ceremony

2023 Commencement Ceremony


AM Ceremony: Time: TBA
  • Criminal Justice (BA, BS, MA)
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Economics
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Services Administration
  • Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics
  • Fire and Emergency Service
  • Fire Science
  • Police Studies
  • Protection Management
  • Public Administration
  • Security Management
  • Class of 2020 (SU 19, FA 19, WI 20 and SP 20)


PM Ceremony: Time: TBA
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science and Information Security
  • Criminology
  • Deviance, Crime and Culture
  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
  • English
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Mental Health Counseling
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology and Law
  • Forensic Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Global History
  • International Crime and Justice
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Human Services and Community Justice
  • Humanities and Justice
  • Latin American & Latinx Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Spanish
  • Sociology
  • Toxicology
  • Transnational Organized Crime Studies 
  • Victimology Stdudies in Forensic Psychology 
  • All Certificate Programs
  • CUNYBA Program
  • Class of 2021 (SU 20, FA 20, WI 21 and SP 21)




Our focus continues to be the health and safety of the John Jay community. We encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19 before attending this year's Commencement ceremony and to wear a mask at the ceremony. Let's work together to stay healthy and safe.


USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center policy:

Effective Monday 3/7/22, individuals will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Additionally, face masks will no longer be required, but face masks are encouraged based on personal preference. As COVID continues to evolve, our health and safety protocols may be subject to change.


If there are any changes and/or updates, John Jay College will email all graduates who have RSVP’d to attend the May 31, 2022 commencement ceremony.


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 TBA. 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

Students and guests with DMV issued handicap accessible parking permits or license plates may park at Lot A, adjacent to Arthur Ashe Stadium on a first come, first serve basis. You will need to provide your tickets and your bags will be checked. If you do not have the required plate or parking permit, you may NOT park in Lot A. You will be directed to park at Citifield.

If you do NOT have a DMV issued handicap accessible parking permit or license plate, the closest drop off is Roosevelt Avenue at the Boardwalk. You must drop off and immediately leave to park at Citifield. You can purchase your parking pass in advance here:

Please note that while this is the closest drop off to the Venue’s East Gate, it is still approximately a ¼ mile walk. Please share this information with your guests.

Any guests who need additional assistance or a wheelchair, will have access once they arrive at the East Gate of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Ticket icon Ticket Information


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 this year will take place on May 31, 2022 at the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center..

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.