The 133rd Commencement of Wagner College will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. on the Sutter Oval, and will last about three hours. Seating on Sutter Oval is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Arrival and assembly
- Bachelor’s, master's and doctoral candidates must line up no later than 8:30 a.m. inside Spiro Sports Center.
- The faculty procession will form on the first floor hallway of the Spiro Sports Center. The faculty will robe in the aerobics studio. The faculty should arrive at the Spiro Sports Center no later 8:30 a.m.
Tickets and seating
The ceremony is held outdoors on Sutter Oval, so no tickets are necessary and everyone is invited to attend. 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.
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.
There are restrooms in the Horrmann Library, Spiro Hall, and Spiro Sports Center. All of these buildings are located on Sutter Oval.
Parking for Commencement ceremonies will be available in the stadium parking lot, directly across from the main campus. Overflow parking will be available in the Tiers parking lot, accessed through the main entrance to campus. Parking is also available on Howard Avenue, the main avenue in front of the college. The New York City Police Department has provided us with lax enforcement, allowing parking anywhere on Howard Avenue except bus stops and in front of fire hydrants. Parking conditions are extremely crowded for Commencement. We urge you and your guests to arrive early and to car pool when possible.
Parking accommodations for those with special needs
Handicap parking spaces are available in all the parking lots. It is first-come, first-served. Golf cart escorts are provided from any parking spots. Call 718-390-3148 for this service, or just flag down a cart. The golf carts will be circling the parking lots.
Before you pick up your cap and gown, you will need to complete an online survey about your experiences at Wagner and your plans after graduation. You will receive a link to the survey in a separate email from the Center for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE). If you have questions about this survey, please contact CACE at 718-390-3181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degree candidates must fill out a card (included with the commencement package) to specify how their name should be announced at the ceremony, and provide a phonetic spelling. Graduates will be asked to indicate whether they will be attending the May ceremony. The registrar will distribute diplomas to all those attending the commencement ceremony immediately afterward; all others will have their diplomas mailed on or about June 15. The diplomas will be sent certified mail, return receipt requested. For more information, please contact the registrar’s office at 718-390-3173.