Information for Graduates








Date:               Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Time:              9:00 AM

Location:       Bryant Park

Directions (public transportation) to Bryant Park

Livestream:  Watch the ceremony on YouTube.

In case of lightning, the ceremony will be rescheduled for June 22, 2023

Guttman students eligible to participate and walk in the 2023 Commencement Ceremony:

Have graduated at the end of the Fall I session (conferral date January 10, 2023) or the end of the Fall II session (conferral date March 7, 2023)

– or –

Are expecting to complete their degree requirements by the end of the Spring I session (conferral date June 27, 20223 or by the end of the Spring II session (conferral date August 23, 2023)

Please note that receiving an e-mail from regarding the 2023 Commencement ceremony should not be considered an official notice of graduation.

Commencement is often referred to as graduation.  However, there is a difference between the two.

Commencement refers to the celebratory ceremony, officiated by a college President, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends.

Graduation, on the other hand, is a process that begins when the Office of the Registrar identifies a student as a candidate for graduation. The student will be placed in ‘Applied’ standing in CUNYfirst and will be notified via their Guttman campus email. For more details, visit the Registrar’s Graduation page.

Guttman has only one Commencement ceremony that takes place each year, at the end of the Spring I term. This ceremony celebrates the graduation of students from the Fall I, Fall II, and Spring I terms and the upcoming graduation of students from the Spring II term.

If you expect to graduate by the end of the Spring I session (June 16, 2023), please visit Registrar’s Graduation webpage.

If you expect to graduate by the end of the Spring II session (August 11, 2023), please visit Registrar’s Graduation webpage.

For specific graduation requirements in your degree, please check DegreeWorks or consult your Career Strategist. Learn more about how the DegreeWorks online advisement system helps students track their academic progress. Note that DegreeWorks is not your official transcript.

If you have any additional questions about your eligibility for graduation, please contact the Registrar’s Office at or call the HUB at (646) 313-8080.

To participate and walk in the 2023 Commencement ceremony, every graduate and soon-to-be graduate must wear academic regalia (which includes a gown, graduate cap, an associate hood, and 2023 tassel), with no exceptions. To purchase your academic regalia, please click here. The deadline to purchase your academic regalia is May 1st. If you wish to rent (free of charge) academic regalia, you can sign up here. The deadline to borrow your academic regalia is May 17th.  Please note, we have a limited supply for rental purposes and we encourage all graduating students to purchase their regalia.

For those that have already purchased their academic regalia, kindly note to save you on shipping costs, your academic regalia will be shipped directly to Guttman, with no exceptions.

Pick-up for both rentals and purchased regalia will begin on June 7th.

While this year’s celebration will be outside, in Bryant Park, there will still be a sectioned area reserved for invited guests. A ticket will be required to enter this sectioned area, no exceptions.

Every graduate and soon-to-be graduate attending and participating in this year’s Commencement will receive up to four (4) tickets for their invited guests.

Tickets will be distributed with your graduate academic regalia the week of June 5, 2023. Exact distribution details will be sent to you via e-mail.

To reserve tickets for your invited guests, please click here: 2023 Commencement Guest Tickets


Guttman Community College is partnering with Thornton Studio Photographers to take head-shots on Monday, May 22nd and Thursday, May 25th. Please sign up for your graduation portrait here: Graduation Portrait Sign Up.

It is Guttman’s tradition to highlight each of our graduates in the Commencement program book.

If you are interested in being featured in this year’s Commencement program book, just let us know by submitting a few words, which can be a short bio about yourself on how or why you choose Guttman, words of wisdom, a series of thank yous or a quote, the choice is yours. When you are ready to submit your words for the Commencement program book, please click here: 2023 Words for Commencement

There is no fee or purchase required to be featured in the Commencement program book.

Diplomas will not be available during Commencement. All diplomas will be mailed via USPS to the home address listed in CUNYfirst 3 weeks after your conferral date.

Degrees are awarded four times a year. Dates falling on a Saturday or Sunday will be moved to the preceding Friday:

Session Degree Conferral Date

Fall Session 1 January 10

Fall Session 2 March 7

Spring Session 1 June 27

Spring Session 2 August 23

Guttman has partnered with Parchment to safely and securely provide you the ability to receive both a digital and physical copy of your diploma. Digital diplomas will be available 3 weeks after your conferral date and will never expire. Your physical diploma will be mailed 3 weeks after your conferral date. Delivery times may vary and may take up to approximately 3-4 weeks to arrive. Log into your CUNYfirst to review and verify that you have the correct HOME address on file. Be sure your apartment/floor/suite is included (if applicable). All changes and/or corrections must be made by end of the finals of the term you are graduating unless otherwise noted by the Office of the Registrar.

Once your degree has been conferred, you will be notified, by the Office of the Registrar via your Guttman email along with information about your diploma.

Participating in a Commencement ceremony is not an official confirmation of graduation or degree completion.

For more information about graduation, including graduation requirements, visit the Office of the Registrar’s Graduation webpage HERE. If you have any questions related to your graduation progress, contact the Office of the Registrar at or call (646)313-8038.

Balfour is the approved vendor for Guttman college rings. Please visit the vendor’s website, Balfour: Guttman CC, to see models of rings and to learn more about purchasing.