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Lehman College 2015 Commencement Information

Important Information for Students and Guests Regarding the 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Prior to the Ceremony

  • Order Your Caps & Gowns- Participants in the Commencement Ceremony must wear appropriate academic attire. To preorder your Cap and Gown for Commencement 2015: Please go to

Please note, this website will close on Tuesday, April 8th.

Instructions for Ordering Your Cap and Gown Include the Following:

  • Visit the website and type LEHMAN COLLEGE in the search engine. Click the Lehman College link to proceed.
  • On the next screen, choose from the drop down menu if you need a Bachelor’s or a Master’s set and click on continue.
  • On the next screen please DO NOT click on the ORDER YOUR GRADUATION PACKAGE, these package prices do not include the price for Cap and Gown, the price only includes paper announcements, souvenir tassels and Stole of Gratitude. You still have to pay for Cap and Gown at the time of pick up. Please click on the TAB that says 'CAP and GOWN'.

Note: You only need to order the package priced at $0.00 (CAP, GOWN, TASSEL AND HOOD). Stoles and Souvenir tassels are also sold at the store and are not required for Graduation. You will pay for these items at the time of pick up.

If you encounter issues or have questions, please contact the Bookstore at 718-960-8144.

Additional Information

  • Complete the Graduating Student Survey at

  • Consider purchasing a Lehman College Medallion - This year, Lehman College is continuing what we hope will become a tradition for all graduates - a Commencement Class Medal - a symbol of Lehman pride and class unity. We hope you will keep the Commencement Class Medal as a cherished memento of your time at Lehman College or perhaps present it to loved ones as a special thank-you for their support. The medal is emblazoned with "Class of 2015" and can be ordered for $25 by going to

After you complete the form, click on “Register for Event”, to complete your purchase. Print the automatic e-mail you receive upon completion of the purchase and bring it to Shuster Hall 310 between 10 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday, beginning Monday, May 4th.

Proceeds from the purchases of Commencement Class Medals will support scholarships for Lehman College students - your future fellow alumni.

Attending the Ceremony and Reception

TIME AND PLACE: For January, June & September 2015 graduates, commencement exercises will be held on Thursday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. outdoors on the South Field of the Lehman campus, rain or shine. Please advise your guests to bring umbrellas/hats to protect themselves from direct sun or rain.

GRADUATES: Report for robing no later than 8:15 a.m. to the gymnasium in the APEX. Staff members will assist you. Do not bring coats, purses, or other personal belongings with you to the APEX. Leave them with your guests before you report to the APEX Building. There will be no attendant present in the APEX to guard your personal property during the ceremony.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY: Instructions about the line of march will be provided to graduates when you assemble at 8:15 a.m. in the APEX. There is no pre-commencement rehearsal. Graduates will be grouped by academic department and march behind their department banners. The graduates will proceed from the APEX to the South Field led by Faculty Marshals. The Marshals will lead the lines to the South Field and down the aisles to the graduates’ sections. Marshals then will direct the graduates to their seats, row by row. Graduates will remain standing throughout the faculty processional and the National Anthem, which begin the ceremony.

The candidates for degrees will be presented to the President. After the President confers degrees for all candidates, you should change your tassels from the right to the left side of your mortar boards (caps). Following the ceremony, the Grand Marshal will lead the honored guests and faculty members from the stage and down the aisles. The graduates will then join this line. The line of march will continue back to the APEX Building area where guests may meet the graduates.


General Information for Guests

Guests of graduates are most welcome to attend the ceremony. Tickets are not required. A limited amount of parking space will be available in the North Reservoir Parking Lot. Guests may enter the campus any time after 8:15 a.m. through Gate 8 (Bedford Park Blvd. West), Gate 13 (Jerome Avenue) or Gate 1 (Goulden Avenue). There are no reserved seats and seats may not be saved for late arrivals. Guests should be in their seats before the academic procession starts. Guests are asked not to block the line of march or to obstruct the view of other members of the audience.

At the end of the ceremony, guests will stand during the Alma Mater and Recessional, and should remain in place until the graduates’ line has left the South Field area. Since the campus is large and many people will be on the grounds on this day, graduates should decide in advance where they will meet their guests after the ceremony.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Lehman College is committed to making its programs and facilities accessible to students and their guests. If you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation because of disability, please contact Ms. Merrill Parra, Director of Student Disability Services at (718) 960-8441 by Friday, May 1, 2015.

DIPLOMAS: Diplomas are not distributed at commencement. The Office of the Registrar will notify each graduate by campus e-mail (, preferred e-mail, and telephone when diplomas have arrived on campus along with the days and hours of diploma distribution.

CONFERRAL LETTER: Commencement Exercises are held too soon after examinations for any June and September graduates to have their records completed. As soon as it has been determined that you have graduated, a “CONFERRAL LETTER” will be mailed. Diplomas or statements cannot be provided to graduates who have failed to clear any stops on their records.

The College wants to make this a memorable graduation day for you. Commencement is both a solemn and joyous occasion. We urge your cooperation in maintaining the dignity of the academic procession and the Commencement Ceremony. If you have any questions about the ceremony, please see Jerilyn Day or Yamil Rojas in Room 206, Shuster Hall, or call (718) 960-8242.

Best wishes for continued success!