PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY SO THAT YOU CAN PLAN FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY! DATE AND LOCATION: The 46th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at The United Palace, located on 4140 Broadway, New York, NY 10033 in Washington Heights. LENGTH OF CEREMONY: The length of the ceremony is expected to be about three (3) hours long. It is recommended that you and your guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes and that you eat a meal prior to arrival. PHOTOGRAPHING THE CEREMONY: During the ceremony, photography or videotaping will be allowed, but only from your seats. No one is allowed on the aisles. As mentioned, an authorized photographer from Island Photography will be on stage to take photos of the graduates. In addition, a representative from the college will videotape the ceremony. If you approach the stage or stand on the aisles, you will be asked to return to your seat. BALLOONS: No balloons will be allowed inside the Palace. NO EXCEPTIONS. BABY CARRIAGES: No baby carriages will be allowed inside the Palace. If you arrive with a baby carriage, there will be no check-in or Public Safety to look after your carriage. Note that each child 2 years or older requires a ticket to occupy a seat. BACKPACKS OR PURSES: As space is limited and for security purposes per the Center, no backpacks or big purses will be allowed inside. SMOKING, FOOD, DRINKS: No smoking, food or refreshments of any sort, including alcoholic beverages, will be permitted on the premises. CELL PHONES AND BEEPERS: Cell phones and beepers must be turned off before the ceremony begins and remain off for the duration of the ceremony. DIPLOMAS: Diplomas will not be distributed during commencement. The Registrar’s Office will mail a notification to each graduate when diplomas are ready for pick up. FOREIGN GUESTS AT GRADUATION: Hostos Community College understands that many of you want to share your special day with your loved ones who do not live in the United States. However, Hostos cannot arrange for entrance to the United States for any guest from another country. You may contact the Office of Student Activities (C-371) to get a letter stating that you are a candidate for graduation and that you will be attending the commencement ceremony. You will be required to provide the U.S. Consulate an address for the city and country where your guest will be applying for a visitor's visa, your guest's name, address, passport number and relationship to you. Only the student graduating, with appropriate identification, may obtain this letter. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Activities (C-371) or contact them by phone at (718) 518-6561. You may also request information via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Commencement Facebook Page: Hostos Graduation. Once again, congratulations on your big day! This information has been provided to help you make the very best of an exciting and memorable day for you and your loved ones.