Frequently Asked Questions



How many tickets do we receive?
It is our intent to make it possible for all who desire to attend the Commencement, which begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony is held outdoors on Sutter Oval, so no tickets are necessary and everyone is invited.

How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours.

What time does commencement begin and where is it being held?
Commencement will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 10 a.m. on the Sutter Oval, and will last about two hours.

What time does Baccalaureate Ceremony begin and where is it being held?

The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 4 p.m., under the tent on the Oval.

What is the Baccalaureate?
The Baccalaureate is a farewell service. The service is interfaith and will last approximately 1 hour.

When do we line up for these ceremonies?

Thursday, May 22, 2014
4:00 p.m. - Baccalaureate Service
Sutter Oval
Student Line up – 3:30 p.m.
Inside of the Spiro Sports Center Building

Friday, May 23, 2014
10:00 a.m.- Commencement Ceremony
Sutter Oval
Student Line up – 9:15 a.m., Spiro Sports Center

What is the seating arrangement for commencement?
There is general seating for everyone in the chairs directly behind the chairs for the graduates. They are first come, first served, except where reserved.

Where are the restrooms located?
There are restrooms in the Hormann Library, Spiro Hall and in the Spiro Sports Center. All of these buildings are located on Sutter Oval.

What accommodations do you have for handicap access or people with special needs?

There is a reserved area for those in wheelchairs. Due to the number of guests attending Commencement, it is regrettable that family members will not be able to sit with each guest with a wheelchair.

Will I receive my diploma at graduation?
Unfortunately, it is not possible for graduates to receive their diploma during the commencement ceremony. All students who have been approved to graduate by the Board of Trustees will receive a diploma in the mail.

The registrar will mail all diplomas on or about June 15, 2014. The diplomas will be sent certified mail, return receipt requested. For more information, please contact the registrar’s office at 718.390.3173.

Is there anything to eat or drink?
During the ceremony, water will be available for purchase around Sutter Oval. At the conclusion of Commencement, everyone is invited to a complimentary reception in the tent on Sutter Oval. Coolers, backpacks and baskets are not permitted in Sutter Oval during the Commencement ceremony due to space and security considerations.

Should our families make hotel reservations?
It is recommended to make lodging arrangement if families are traveling from far distances. The Wagner College website has a list of surrounding hotels/motels. Many of these locals offer special packages if you mention that you are visiting the college.

Will I be able to purchase a DVD or photographs of the commencement ceremony?
A complimentary copy of the Wagner College Commencement 2014 DVD will be mailed to every graduate. The DVD will be sent on or about October 2014.

Do we keep the gowns?

Yes, you can keep your gown. The gown was paid for through the Commencement fees.

When do I choose my size?
Your gown size is based on your height. When you go to pick up your gown, you will receive the appropriate size for your height.

When do I have to move out of my dorm/apartment?

Students have to be out of Wagner Resident halls and apartments by 5 p.m. on May 23. If you have any questions, look for signs that will be posted around the dormitories about moving-out or ask your R.A.