Information & FAQs

MarchingBandThe 135th Commencement of Wagner College will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 starting at 9:30 a.m.

Live streaming video

Live video of the entire program will be streamed on our Facebook page starting shortly before 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Friday, May 15, 2020.

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Arrival and assembly

  • Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Sutter Oval.
  • Graduating students line up for the processional no later than 9 a.m. in the Spiro Sports Center's Sutter Gymnasium.

Tickets and seating

For the past several years, the commencement ceremony has been held in a tent on the Sutter Oval, so no tickets have been necessary and everyone is invited to attend. There is general seating for everyone in the chairs set up behind the chairs for the graduates. They are first-come, first-served, except where reserved.

Wagner College is committed to ensuring that commencement is accessible to all graduates and guests. There is a reserved area for those in wheelchairs. One seat has been reserved for an escort next to each wheelchair space; all others are welcome to places in our general seating area.

There are restrooms in the Horrmann Library, Spiro Hall and Spiro Sports Center. All of these buildings are located on the 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 Lower 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. Historically, the New York Police Department has provided us with lax enforcement, allowing parking anywhere on Howard Avenue except bus stops and in front of fire hydrants. Remote parking will be available on the St. John's University campus nearby, with shuttle service provided by the college. 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.

Other events

The baccalaureate ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 4 p.m. on the Sutter Oval, followed by the by-invitation senior honors dinner.


The Wagner College bookstore will open a table in the reception tent and offer for purchase a variety of Wagner College memorabilia. Bookstore hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. On Friday, May 10, the bookstore will open at 8 a.m. to accommodate last-minute needs for caps and gowns. The bookstore phone number is 718-390-3469.

Academic caps and gowns will be available for pick up at the Wagner College Bookstore between April 1 and May 10. 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. You can keep your gown. The gown was paid for through the commencement fees.
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. If you have questions about this survey, please contact CACE at 718-390-3181 or

It is important that all students wear proper attire; for example, men should wear a white shirt and tie under their gown.
The mortarboard cap should be worn squarely on top of the head with the flat surface parallel to the ground, tassel on the right side.

Your diploma will be mailed to your home address via certified mail, return receipt, on or about June 15, along with a personal copy of your official transcript in a sealed envelope, and an unofficial transcript for your records.

Ambulance and crew will be stationed by the Sutter Oval in case of emergency.

During the ceremony, water is available at no charge around the Sutter Oval tent. Coolers, backpacks and baskets are not permitted in Sutter Oval during the commencement ceremony due to space and security considerations.

We recommend that you make lodging arrangement if you are traveling from a far distance. We have a list of several Staten Island hotels/motels. These local hotels offer special packages if you mention that you are visiting the college.

An information booth will be set up at the entrance to the Sutter Oval from Howard Avenue, in front of the commencement tent, to answer questions and assist visitors with any issues that may arise.

Students have to be out of Wagner residence halls by 5 p.m. on May 10. If you have any questions, look for signs that will be posted around the dormitories about moving-out or ask your R.A.

Restrooms are located in the Horrmann Library, Main Hall and the Spiro Sports Center. Please refer to the site map for specific locations.

Students must satisfy any outstanding accounts with the Bursar’s Office before the commencement ceremony. For additional information regarding payment issues, contact the Bursar’s Office at 718-390-3112.