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FAQ - Graduation Activities

Fordham College at Lincoln Center

Frequently Asked Questions: Commencement 2014

How do I obtain my cap and gown?

Academic attire is provided by the College at no charge provided you pick up your cap and gown in April at the Graduate Salute. If you pre-ordered your cap and gown prior to the March 7 deadline date, your order will be available for you at the Graduate Salute. If you did not pre-order, you may still come to the Graduate Salutes as extras will be available on a first come, first served basis. However, please keep in mind that your student account must be paid in full or appropriate arrangements made before picking up your cap and gown. Your bachelor’s degree determines the color of your hood. B.A.: white, B.S.: gold, B.F.A.: brown.

When and where is the Graduate Salute? Do I have to attend?

The Graduate Salute will take place on the 2nd floor of the Leon Lowenstein Center on Wednesday, April 9 from 5-7pm and Thursday, April 10 from 11am – 1pm. Graduating seniors ought to attend to avoid late pick-up fee. The Salute is also the place where you will ensure your name is pronounced properly with Fr. Vin DeCola, SJ. There will also be a chance to learn about other graduation and alumni opportunities.

Can a friend pick-up my cap & gown?

Yes, someone else can pick up your cap and gown. If you pre-ordered online, you should provide them with the printed receipt, along with a written note of permission for them to pick up your academic attire. If you did not pre-order online, you should provide them with a note of permission, as well as your height (include the height of the shoes you plan to wear that day), your weight (if you are under or over 200 pounds), and your degree (B.A., B.S. or B.F.A.).

What if I don’t get my cap & gown at the Graduate Salutes?

If caps and gowns are not picked up in April, they must be picked up at the Rose Hill campus in the McGinley Center Commuter Lounge on Thursday, May 15 from 4 to 7 pm; Friday, May 16, from noon to 3 pm; or Saturday, May 17, from 8 to 10 am. An $8 late fee (cash only) will be charged to all who pick up academic attire in May.

When and where is the Baccalaureate Liturgy?

The Baccalaureate Liturgy is celebrated at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle – Columbus Avenue and W 60th Street. The Mass begins at 5:00pm on Friday, May 16th. All are welcome! No tickets required.

Where do I get tickets for the Family Reception following the Baccalaureate Liturgy? How many tickets do I get? How much do additional tickets cost?

The Family Reception is held on the Robert Moses Plaza outside Leon Lowenstein Center beginning at 6:15pm on Friday, May 16th Each senior may request up to three complimentary tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $10.00 each. Seniors must confirm complimentary tickets through Senior Week Sales by Friday, April 25, 2013.

How do we get to the Rose Hill Campus for Commencement?

The Ram Van will be running from Lincoln Center to Rose Hill every half hour beginning at 7 a.m. After 11 a.m., vans will depart every hour on the hour until 7 p.m. Return van service to the Lincoln Center campus will leave continuously from the Rose Hill campus from 2 to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., vans will depart from the Rose Hill campus every hour on the hour until 8 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to take the Ram Van. You may also take Metro North from Grand Central Station to Fordham Station. Click here for the on-line schedule. The D train is also an option to Fordham Road. Parking at the Rose Hill campus is provided but limited (see next FAQ).

Where will I park?

Limited Parking will be available at Rose Hill. Additional parking will be available free of charge at G&R Parking Garage (Fordham Plaza) on Commencement Day. Enter on 189th Street between Washington & Third avenues (one block south of Fordham Road) and walk one block north to the Rose Hill campus through the Third Avenue or Bathgate entrances. FCLC graduates and guests will find the Fordham Plaza Garage is closer to the Diploma Ceremony (Walsh Family Library) than the campus-parking garage.

Do we need tickets?

You do not need tickets for anything on Saturday, May 17th. The only event that requires tickets is the FCLC Family Reception on Friday, May 16th.

Where do I go when I arrive at Rose Hill on Saturday, May 17?

Graduates should arrive at Rose Hill (Bronx) no later than 9:15 a.m. Graduates should check-in at Tierney Hall located near O’Hare Hall and the parking garage. Click here for a campus map. Remember, you must check-in to ensure that your name is read at the diploma ceremony.

How will my elderly or disabled relatives get around?

If you or your guests are in need of assistance you must register with the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks in advance of graduation. Students should contact Ms. Carolyn Mooney, Director, at or 212-636-6282.

Where should my family go on Saturday, May 17?

Your guests should go directly to Edwards Parade for the Commencement Ceremony and afterwards to The Walsh Family Library Lawn for the Diploma Ceremony. There will not be time to meet your guests prior to the Diploma Ceremony. There will be plenty of signage to direct your family & friends.

What is the difference between the Commencement Ceremony and the Diploma Ceremony?

The Commencement Ceremony (located on Edwards Parade) is the University event (all schools present) with speakers and the official conferral of degrees.

The Diploma Ceremony (located on the Walsh Library Lawn) is the College specific event where your name will be announced and you will receive your diploma from Fr. Robert R. Grimes, S.J., Dean.

Will there be food served to graduates or guests?

Bottled water and granola bars will be provided to graduates only. Guests should be encouraged to pack a small snack and water. There are concession areas for purchasing snacks.

Where do I go after the Commencement Ceremony?

The Deans and Faculty Marshals will guide you from the Commencement Ceremony to the Diploma Ceremony. It is absolutely critical that you stay with the group and go directly to the line-up area outside Campbell Hall.

Hotel recommendations?

  • Belleclaire Hotel, 250 W. 77th St. at Broadway, 212-362-7700;
  • The Empire Hotel, 44 W. 63rd St. at Broadway, 212-265-7400;
  • Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., 212-883-1234 (The Dean’s pick: Located at Grand Central Terminal so very convenient for travel by Metro-North Railroad);
  • Hilton New York, 335 6th Ave. between West 53rd & West 54th streets, 212-586-7000 or 800-455-8667;
  • Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th St. between 9th and 10th avenues, 212-581-8100;
  • Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th St. at 9th Avenue, 212-554-6000;
  • Le Parker Meridien, 118 W. 57th St. between 6th & 7th avenues, 212-245-5000 or 800-543-4300;
  • Sheraton New York, 790 Seventh Ave. at 51st Street, 212-581-3300

*Inquire for a possible Fordham rate.

What should I wear?

Men should wear a shirt and tie and ladies the appropriate counterpart. Flip-flops and spiked heels are a bad idea. Check the weather the night before. Remember, we will be outside.

Is there a rain location?

Since Fordham does not have one indoor facility large enough to hold all our graduates and guests, the University Commencement is held outside if at all possible.

Please be aware that if there is just a little rain or periodic showers, we will likely stay outside. Therefore, please plan ahead and carry an umbrella, wear sensible shoes, and bring a nice sense of humor.

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony is moved inside and broadcasted to the various diploma ceremony locations. If the University Commencement ceremony is moved inside, graduates and guests entering the campus after 8 a.m. will be informed at the entrance and by recorded announcements on campus. You may also call the University at (800) 280–7669 for a recorded announcement after 8 a.m. that day. Information will also be posted on Fordham's website FCLC rain location is the Rose Hill Gymnasium.

When will the event be over?

University Commencement, followed by the Diploma Ceremony, will begin at 10:00am and will, tentatively, be finished by 2:30pm. Please keep in mind that there are many circumstances that may lengthen the event. If you are interested in dining while in the Bronx, why not consider Arthur Avenue: The Little Italy of the Bronx? Click here to check out the options. Antonio’s Trattoria (718-733-6630) is Dean Desciak’s favorite! Be sure to make reservations early!

Further Questions?

Contact Joseph Desciak, Assistant Dean for Juniors & FCLC diploma ceremony coordinator: 212-636-6350. Questions regarding graduation clearance should be directed to Joseph Creamer, Assistant Dean for Seniors: 212-636-6350.

Tips from Dean Grimes, S.J.:

  • Eat breakfast!
  • Wear sensible shoes: spike heels are a bad idea; you are on a lawn for the majority of the day (the grounds can be muddy)
  • Wear sunscreen: you will not have any shade. Please be sure to cover-up!
  • Bring water and snacks
  • Bring an umbrella
  • Don’t bring items that you can’t carry with you all day (hangers, bags, etc.)

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