2021 Commencement Information

2021 Commencement Information

Commencement is one of the most important touchstones of the academic journey — it celebrates a significant accomplishment and the start of the next chapter in a graduate’s life. SJC is looking forward to honoring the Class of 2021 at its 102nd Annual Commencement.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s commencement celebrations are currently scheduled for the following dates:

  • SJC Brooklyn: Saturday, May 22, 2021
  • SJC Long Island: Friday, June 4, 2021

As a reminder, SJC graduates from the Class of 2020 are welcome to walk with the Class of 2021 should they choose to participate.

Toast to Graduates Celebration

Let’s start the celebration early! Join SJC faculty, staff and students in a special one hour virtual celebration designed to “Toast” to the many achievements our 2021 graduates have made. Special presentations and appearances made by your Valedictorian, Dean, peers and favorite faculty members. If you’ve not picked up your flute glass from the Office of Student Life there’s still time to do so! 

Dates and Times for the Celebration:

  • SJC Brooklyn: Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. 
  • SJC Long Island: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Campus Specific Commencement Information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the in-person commencement events are closed to the public and only registered attendees will be allowed to participate. Registered attendees, including graduates, will need to submit proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test, and must fill out a health screening questionnaire. Face masks and social distancing are mandatory at the events.

SJC Brooklyn

COVID-19 Testing

For individuals who have not been fully vaccinated and are registered to attend Commencement, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event. To assist you and your two (2) guests with this process SJC will host on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 2 - 6 p.m. If you are registered to attend Commencement and would like to attend this testing event please sign up utilizing the link below as soon as possible as it is on a first come first serve basis. This will be the only date offered and although the testing is free all individuals will still need to bring a copy of their insurance card if you have one. Testing will take place at St. Angela Hall Cafeteria. 

Schedule COVID-19 Testing for Brooklyn Commencement

If you are already fully vaccinated please submit proof of vaccination for you and your two (2) guests to [email protected].

Health Screening Questionnaire

All registered graduates and guests will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire to obtain entry into the facilities on Commencement day. Please ensure that you and your two (2) guests complete the questionnaire prior to your arrival on the morning of Commencement. The link for the questionnaire will be sent to all registered graduates the week of Commencement and it is best to complete the questionnaire from a cell phone as you will be asked to provide the boarding pass. 

Social Distancing

Please note that all registered graduates and guests will be required to maintain social distancing at all times while on campus. Additionally graduates and their two (2) guests will be required to wear face masks the entire time. Graduates may remove their face mask while posing for the professional photographer picture on the ceremony stage however must place them back at immediately after. 

Parking

Parking is extremely limited for graduation day. We will do our best to accommodate as many cars as we can. No one is guaranteed a parking spot. Please take public transportation if possible. There may be street closures in the area that day for pedestrian walkways, street fairs, etc…. Make sure you check traffic news before you decide to drive. 

The Hill Center garage will be open on a first come, first served basis. The valets will be there. Large SUVs and trucks will not fit in the Hill Center garage. Look for street parking. 

The 88th Precinct will post “No Parking” signs along Vanderbilt Ave and, perhaps Clinton Ave. These areas will be available for you and your two (2) guests to park. The valets will help with this as well. 

The sidewalk parking area on Waverly Ave between Willoughby Ave and DeKalb Ave will also be available. 

Please leave all the parking areas as quickly as possible after your ceremony. There are several graduations that day and we would like to have parking available for each group. 

Livestream 

Due to the format of Commencement this year we are unable to Livestream the event. All ceremonies will be recorded however and placed on the website for viewing. 

Photography

Please know that each ceremony will have professional photographers to take photographs of the graduate as you cross the stage. The company will provide you with the proofs after the ceremony. In effort to maintain social distancing and to assist us in preparing for the following ceremonies we ask that you take advantage of the opportunity to take photos on College premises beginning now and lasting until the week of Commencement as your time to do so on the day of Commencement will be limited. Celebratory banners and lawn signs have been placed throughout campus for you to do so. 

Guests

Please be reminded that each graduate who registered for Commencement will be allowed to bring only two (2) guests to the Commencement ceremony.Graduates and their two (2) guests will receive a bracelet at check-in and anyone without a bracelet will not be allowed into the facility. It is highly encouraged that Graduates and their two (2) guests arrive together. Individuals over the age of 2 years will be considered a guest and will be required to have a bracelet.

Seating 

Graduates and their two (2) guests will be seated together for the duration of the Commencement Ceremony.

SJC Long Island

COVID-19 Testing 

For individuals who have not been fully vaccinated and are registered to attend Commencement, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event. To assist you and your two (2) guests with this process SJC will host on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 2 - 6 p.m. If you are registered for Commencement and would like to attend this testing event please sign up utilizing the link below as soon as possible as it is on a first come first serve basis. This will be the only date offered and although the testing is free all individuals will still need to bring a copy of their insurance card if you have one. Testing will take place at the Danzi Athletic Center. 

Schedule COVID-19 Testing for Long Island Commencement

If you are already fully vaccinated please submit proof of vaccination for you and your two (2) guests to [email protected]

Health Screening Questionnaire

All registered graduates and guests will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire to obtain entry into the facilities on Commencement day. Please ensure that you and your two (2) guests complete the questionnaire prior to your arrival on the morning of Commencement. The link for the questionnaire will be sent to all registered graduates the week of Commencement and it is best to complete the questionnaire from a cell phone as you will be asked to provide the boarding pass. 

Social Distancing 

Please note that all registered graduates and guests will be required to maintain social distancing at all times while on campus. Additionally graduates and their two (2) guests will be required to wear face masks the entire time. Graduates may remove their face mask while posing for the professional photographer picture on the ceremony stage however must place them back at immediately after. 

Parking 

Parking for all Commencement ceremonies will be limited to the Danzi Athletic Center lot. Graduates and their two (2) guests should arrive together in one car if possible. All parties should enter the Danzi parking lot via the Sunrise Highway South Service road entrance as all other campus lots/entrances will be closed. 

Livestream 

Due to the format of Commencement this year we are unable to Livestream the event. All ceremonies will be recorded however and placed on the website for viewing. 

Photography

Please know that each ceremony will have professional photographers to take photographs of the graduate as you cross the stage. The company will provide you with the proofs after the ceremony. In effort to maintain social distancing and to assist us in preparing for the following ceremonies we ask that you take advantage of the opportunity to take photos on College premises beginning now and lasting until the week of Commencement as your time to do so on the day of Commencement will be limited. Celebratory banners and lawn signs have been placed throughout campus for you to do so. 

Guests

Please be reminded that each graduate who registered for Commencement will be allowed to bring only two (2) guests to the Commencement ceremony.Graduates and their two (2) guests will receive a bracelet at check-in and anyone without a bracelet will not be allowed into the facility. It is highly encouraged that Graduates and their two (2) guests arrive together. Individuals over the age of 2 years will be considered a guest and will be required to have a bracelet. 

Seating 

Graduates and their two (2) guests will be seated together for the duration of the Commencement Ceremony.