Information & FAQs

MarchingBandThe 128th Commencement of Wagner College will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. on the Sutter Oval, and will last about two hours. Seating on Sutter Oval is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the letter from the Provost.

Read the letter from the President.

Arrival and assembly

  • Bachelor’s and Master's candidates must line up no later than 9:30 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 9:30 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 West 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.

Other Events

The Baccalaureate ceremony will be held on May 18, at 4 p.m. on the Sutter Oval, followed by the senior toast and the by-invitation senior honors ceremony.


The Wagner College bookstore will open a table in the reception tent and offer for purchase a variety of Wagner College memorabilia. The 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 19, 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.

Caps and Gowns
Academic caps and gowns will be available for pick up at the Wagner College Bookstore between April 6 and May 18. 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 (CACE). If you have questions about this survey, please contact CACE at 718-390-3181 or

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.
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 mail all diplomas 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.

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

Food and Water
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.

Hotel Reservations
It is recommended to make lodging arrangement if families are traveling from far distances. We have a list of surrounding hotels/motels. Many of these locals offer special packages if you mention that you are visiting the college.

Information Booth
There will be two information booths set up on campus to answer questions and assist visitors with any issues that may arise. One booth will be located on the edge of Sutter Oval and another information booth will be located in Trautmann Square. The campus operator will be able to answer general questions concerning commencement and can be reached at 718-390-3100.

Residence Halls
Students have to be out of Wagner residence halls by 5 p.m. on May 19. 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 and the Spiro Sports Center. Please refer to the site map for specific locations.

Student Accounts
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.