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. TIME: The ceremony will begin at 3:00 PM sharp. Students are to report for the ceremony no later than 1:30 PM. Doors open for guests at 2:15 p.m. Students must wear their cap and gown. Students without robes will not be allowed to march. There will not be robes available onsite. Comfortable shoes are recommended. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: The Commencement Ceremony is for September 2016, February 2017 and June 2017 graduates. We are expecting 800 to 1,300 graduates. This information will be updated once it becomes available. OBTAINING CAP AND GOWN: All graduating students who are participating in the ceremony must be robed. Students can purchase their cap and gown at the Hostos Bookstore around the third week of May. The cost of the cap and gown is around $65. OBTAINING TICKETS: Graduates will not need a ticket to participate in the ceremony. However, their guests will. More information will be posted soon. TICKETS REQUIREMENT: Admission to the commencement ceremony is by ticket only. Each adult and each child—two years and older—must have a ticket to occupy a seat. No tickets will be available at the theater. Each ticket admits one person only. Guests MUST bring their tickets to be permitted into the theater. No guest will be allowed inside the theater without tickets. Tickets are not transferable. Please safeguard your tickets; they are the only way your guests will be allowed into the graduation exercises. DISABLED STUDENT AND GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: If you or your guests require wheelchair access assistance or an interpreter for the hearing impaired, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) at (718) 518-4454 to arrange for seating or services. You must request these accommodations by Thursday, May 26th. SENIOR PICTURES: This information will be updated once it becomes available. GRADUATION RINGS: Students considering purchasing a graduation ring can visit the Jostens website at the following website: http://college.jostens.com/jostens/index.jsp?affiliateId=1055401. A page should come up with a picture of class rings, graduation announcements and diploma frames. Click the class ring so that you could take a look at the available selection. PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER: On the day of the graduation, all graduating students will march across the stage. A professional photographer will take an individual picture of each student with President Gómez. Representatives from Island Photography (www.islandphoto.com) will photograph the ceremony. You will receive more information (an information card) about purchasing your photograph on the day 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. PROOF OF GRADUATION FOR EMPLOYEES: If you need a letter to show your employer that you are graduating so that you can get the day off from work, please visit the Office of Student Activities (C-371) or contact the office at (718) 518-6561. 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.