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Office of the Registrar at Lehman College


Graduation Information

The Office of the Registrar
Shuster Hall Room 102
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, 
Bronx, NY 10468
Phone: 718-960-7474

Graduation Specialists

In May 2018, the Office of the Registrar transformed its existing Graduation Audit Unit—which monitored students’ graduation eligibility—into a Graduation Specialist (GS) team.

A Graduation Specialist will collaborate with departments and review students in cohorts to identify gaps that may delay academic progress, and plan, organize, and coordinate activities that help generate and sustain students’ academic momentum. These cohorts are further broken down by units or credits, Upper and lower juniors; upper and lower seniors. Earlier interventions are far more effective than those implemented later, when a student is already preparing to complete a degree.

The goal for the GS model is to pave the road toward graduation, and make a student’s transition to the final year as seamless and transparent as possible. In addition, data is collected throughout this process and analyzed for “trending” issues among cohorts. Trends are communicated back to the schools and departments so that they have the information they need to inform advisers, faculty, and best serve the needs of students.

The Graduation Specialists cohorts are assigned as followed:

Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for graduation, students must satisfy the following requirements:
Bachelor's Degree

  • (120) cumulative credits
  • (30) credits in “Overall Residency”
  • At least ½ the number of credits in the declared major for “Major Residency”
  • All “General Education” requirements completed
  • All “Major” requirements completed
  • (2.0) GPA in declared Major
  • (2.0) GPA in overall credits completed

Master's Degree

  • At least (30) cumulative credits
  • At least ½ total graduate credits OR (18) credits in “Residency” (whichever is greater)
  • All “Major” requirements completed
  • (3.0) GPA in declared Major
  • (3.0) GPA in overall credits completed

Incomplete (INC) grades must be resolved prior to the date of graduation. Click Here for more information on the policy for INC grades.

Dual Majors and Dual Degrees

As students approach graduation you will have two (2) Diploma Options based on the number of credits attained:

ONE Diploma

Students who have completed requirements for two (2) majors from different degree types (i.e.- BA and BS) but have not reached at least (150 credits) cumulatively will only be awarded one (1) diploma with one degree type and major.  The second major will appear as a comment on your Official Transcript. 

TWO Diplomas

Students who have completed requirements for two (2) majors from different degree types (i.e.- BA and BS) must complete an additional (30 credits) in residence beyond the required (120 credits) for a total of (150 credits) in order to be awarded two (2) Diplomas.

Filing for Graduation

Graduation Applications are accepted ONLINE via CUNYfirst.

Eligible students will be sent an email invitation via their LC.CUNY.EDU email with instructions on How to Apply  and How to View Application Status .

A student who expects to graduate at the end of a semester must file an application for graduation by the deadline which is posted on the corresponding Academic Calendar. Prior to applying for graduation, kindly visit an Academic and Department Advisor to ensure all requirements have been met. Any student who does not meet the requirements to graduate must cancel their graduation. Students may re-file in any subsequent semester in which graduation is anticipated.

Graduation Application Deadlines

Term Open Dealine Conferral Date Diploma Distribution
FALL 2019 SEP 17, 2019 OCT 18, 2019 JAN 01, 2020 APR 2020
WINTER 2020 SEP 17, 2019 OCT 18, 2019 FEB 01, 2020 MAY 2020

Commencement Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer graduation candidates is held on the last days of May or early June. Check the Spring Academic Calendar for the Ceremony dates. Information regarding cap and gowns, rings, photos, yearbook, etc, can be found in the Office of Student Affairs, located in Shuster Hall 204. You may also view Commencement information online on the Commencement Ceremony page on the Lehman Webpage.


Once your record has been audited for completion of program, your diploma may be obtained through one of the following methods: 

  • You may pick-up your diploma in the Office of the Registrar, Shuster Hall Room 102.
  • You may send someone in your place. The individual must bring the completed Authorization Letter for Diploma Pick-up , a valid government issued photo ID and a copy of the student’s valid government or Lehman issued photo ID.
  • You may bring or mail in a request to have your diploma mailed to your home or work.  Please send a Diploma Mailing Request  with a 9 ½ x 12 ½ Padded Priority Mailer from the U.S Post Office, self-addressed and prepaid.

You may order a new diploma if your old diploma has been damage, lost or stolen.  Please bring or mail in the following to complete your request:

  • A completed Diploma Re-Order Form  (damaged, lost, or stolen).
  • Identification card (State-issued identification card)
  • $30 check or money order signed and made out to Lehman College
  • If damaged, you are required to bring in the old diploma

Note: Your diploma will be held at the Office of the Registrar if you have a Negative Service Indicator.

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