Spring Commencement Ceremony for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Graduates

When and where

Our inaugural commencement as the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy will take place on June 1, 2017, at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th Street, from 5 – 7:30pm. Students must arrive by 4:00pm; guests will be admitted beginning at 4:40pm. Students and faculty will wear regalia and there will be a formal procession as the graduates enter the theater. The Apollo’s ‘Tree of Hope’ will be onstage for grads to touch for good luck in the next phase of their public health careers.


Fall 2016 graduates of a degree program and Spring 2017 graduates of a degree program are eligible to participate. We have a truly inspiring line-up of speakers, and will be able to share this with everyone very soon.


The School is purchasing quality gowns which will be loaned to students at no cost. The school will also purchase caps and tams which students may keep as a memento.  Master’s students will wear a master’s gown and four-cornered mortarboard graduation cap.  Doctoral students will wear a doctoral gown with hood and velvet tam. An online portal will be made available to graduates in the coming weeks to allow them to specify the size they need.


Electronic invitations have been sent to graduating students via their SPH email address. Please make sure to RSVP by Friday, March 31.


Each graduate will be allowed two guests, based on the number of eligible graduates and the capacity of the theater.  For special cases, we may be able to allow more guests: as we receive RSVPs and learn how many graduates are participating, we will be able to determine if additional tickets can be allotted. If you desire additional tickets, you can join the waitlist by completing this form.  Additional tickets will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. An important consideration: if you will bring a child, please make sure they have an adult companion who can bring them outside, should the ceremony prove too long/tedious for them. Printed tickets to graduation will be distributed by the School (not the Apollo Theater) approximately 2 weeks before the event.


Grads and guests are strongly advised to use public transportation.  The School is not able to provide parking, and street parking is very limited.  Parking apps such as Spot Hero and NYC Best Parking may be helpful if public transportation is not an option.


Formal diplomas will be available approximately 3 months after the official degree conferral date.  Conferral dates are January 13, 2017 for Fall 2016 grads and June 15, 2017 for Spring 2017 grads. Graduation applications are now being processed and audited. Students will be contacted via email to their institutional email account regarding the status of the audit and if there are any problems.


If you have any questions related to commencement, please contact commencement@sph.cuny.edu.


Additional details will be posted as they are available. Please check back often.