Commencement 2019 FAQ

When may I apply for graduation?

Fall 2018 applications will be accepted beginning September, 2018.

Winter 2019 graduation applicants may also apply in September.

The spring 2019 and summer 2019 applications will be accepted beginning in February, 2019. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. The application procedures will be sent to students’ Old Westbury e-mail accounts.

Late applicants may purchase a cap and gown to participate in the commencement ceremony, but their names may not appear in the commencement program.

Who may participate in the commencement ceremony?

In addition to fall 2018 and winter 2019 graduates, spring 2019 and summer 2019 graduation candidates whose graduation applications are accepted by the Office of the Registrar may purchase a cap and gown through the college bookstore.  Purchase of the cap and gown confirms participation in the May 2019 commencement ceremony.

Students are urged to review their degree audit report often to make sure they are making progress towards their degree.

How do I purchase a cap and gown?

Fall 2018 and winter 2019 graduates, and spring 2019 and summer 2019 graduation candidates whose graduation applications are accepted by the Office of the Registrar will be sent directions to pre order a cap and gown. The preordered caps and gowns may be purchased and picked up during the “Commencement Celebration” on May 8th-9th, 2019. On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Commencement Celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Cyber Lounge. On Thursday, May 9, 2019, it will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Cyber Lounge.

Fall 2018 and winter 2019 graduates and spring/summer 2019 candidates whose graduation applications have been accepted, who did not purchase the cap and gown on line, may purchase a cap and gown in the Student Union in May during the “Commencement Celebration.” 

Graduates/candidates must pick up the cap and gown in person with valid photo ID.

When can I take my Cap & Gown graduate portraits? 

Professional and cap & gown portraits are being photographed: Wednesday, May 8th 11 am- 7 pm and Thursday, May 9th, 2019 12 pm – 8 pm at Student Union Multipurpose Room A.

To schedule an appointment, follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Select ‘Schedule Appointment’ 
  3. Enter School Code 07109

We recommend you dress as for a job interview or professional portrait sitting. Cap and gown will be provided by the photographer. The portrait sitting is free. (There is a nominal cash sitting fee) 

Welcome to your Commencement Celebration. For more information, please call 800-883-9449 Ext: 1758 Thank You!

When may I pick up my commencement tickets?

Eight tickets per candidate will be available for pick up at no charge in May during the “Commencement Celebration” where students whose graduation applications have been accepted may purchase and/or pick up their caps and gowns in the Student Union. 

Graduates/candidates must purchase a cap and gown to obtain tickets.

Do children require tickets?

With the exception of infants, all guests require a ticket. 

Where will the ceremony be held?

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which is located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553.

When will the ceremony be held?

The commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9 a.m.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony is expected to run 2/12 to 3 hours.

Is the diploma issued at commencement?

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not denote automatic degree completion.

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately three to four months after the final degree audit.

Will the ceremony be available on Livestream?

Yes, the ceremony can be watched online via the Livestream link.

When I get to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where do I go?

Candidates and their guests may park in any available parking spot with the exclusion of the lot being occupied by the Empire State Fair (Hempstead Turnpike side/Parking Lot 6). Cars will not be permitted to park in VIP Parking Lot 1 unless otherwise specified. Candidates and faculty will enter the Coliseum through Gate 10, which is also marked as the Geico Main Entrance/Grant Thornton VIP Lounge entrance. Guests will enter through Gates 14 and 17, where their tickets will be collected. Further details on parking lots, entrances, and Coliseum policies can be found on their website.