2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony

2020 Commencement Ceremony

Save the date! Commencement will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. 

Things to take care of right now:

Check your CUNY SPH email regularly! We will be sharing important graduation info with you via your CUNY SPH student email over the next few months. Please make sure you check your email regularly.

When and Where
This year’s commencement will take place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, from 3pm – 5pm. We continue our tradition of holding CUNY SPH commencement at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater at 253 West 125 Street. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the CUNY SPH Facebook page.

Students and faculty should arrive to the main entrance of the Apollo Theater by 1:30pm. Students will need to have a CUNY SPH ID and ticket in order to enter the Apollo Theater. Graduates who arrive late will not be seated until the Procession and the National Anthem have been completed. Guests that arrive late will be ushered into the theater at an appropriate time, so as not to interrupt the ongoing ceremony.

A reception at the Alhambra Ballroom (2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) will follow immediately after the ceremony and continue through 7pm.

Those eligible to participate in this year’s commencement are MPH, MS, DPH, and PhD graduates from Summer 2019 and Fall 2019, as well as Spring 2020 applicants for graduation.

Electronic invitations will be sent to graduating students via their CUNY SPH email address on or about March 10, 2020. If you have any questions about attending Commencement, please email commencement@sph.cuny.edu.

Each graduate may bring four guests (in addition to yourself) to the ceremony and reception. We will maintain a waitlist for students who wish to request additional guest tickets for the ceremony. Instructions for joining the waitlist will be included on the RSVP form. Due to space constraints, we will not be able to offer additional tickets (other than the maximum 5 per graduate) to the reception.

The school will provide high quality gowns and hoods which will be loaned to students at no cost. The school will also purchase caps and tams which students may keep as a memento. Doctoral students may also keep their doctoral hoods. Master’s graduates will wear a black master’s gown, a master’s hood showing the colors of the school (blue) and of the field of public health (salmon), and four-cornered black mortarboard graduation cap. Doctoral graduates will wear a black doctoral gown with colored hood and black velvet tam. Students will be able to order regalia via the RSVP link in the official invitation that will be sent to your CUNY SPH email.

Special Accommodations
CUNY SPH is committed to accommodating graduates and guests with disabilities. If you or any of your guests will require special accommodations in order to attend the ceremony, please contact Disability Coordinator Jeanette Rodriguez (Jeanette.Rodriguez@sph.cuny.edu) to make arrangements.

There will be a mandatory Commencement Orientation for all students attending the ceremony. Details about the orientation will be shared in early 2020. Please make sure you are checking your CUNY SPH student email regularly. If you have questions, please contact commencement@sph.cuny.edu.

A photographer will be present at the ceremony to take general photos of the event. No flash photography will be allowed inside the theater during the commencement ceremony.

What to bring with you to graduation
The Apollo Theater does NOT provide a secure space to store belongings and graduates will have to leave their seat during the ceremony, so graduates should not plan to bring anything other than your cap and gown. Water and light snacks will be available to graduates before the ceremony.

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.  Please refer to the CUNY SPH Academic Calendar for the appropriate conferral dates. Graduation applications will be processed and audited over the summer. Students will be contacted via email to their CUNY SPH email account regarding the status of the audit and if there are any problems.

Between now and Commencement, congratulate your fellow graduates, recount fond memories, or reflect on your time at CUNY SPH on social media using the hashtag #CUNYSPH2020. We’d love to make a compilation of our grads’ posts from this year!

Represent CUNY SPH! If you would like to sport your school pride, you can purchase T-shirts and other CUNY SPH merchandise here.

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

Additional details will be posted here as they are available, and relevant information will be sent to your CUNY SPH email. Please check this page and your CUNY SPH email often for important information and updates. 

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