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Graduation, GRE, PhD

Saturday May 16, 2020

Rose Hill Campus | Edwards Parade

All graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend Fordham University's Annual Commencement. For complete information about commencement, please carefully review the information below.

Graduation Applications

All students who intend to graduate must apply online to the registrar. This must be done by January 20 (for May graduates), April 1 (for Summer graduates) and September 15 (for Fall graduates).

In order to apply go to, Student Tab, My Information, Banner Self Service, Student, Student Records, Apply to Graduate.

Graduation Survey

The survey, available on our website is required for the graduation application to be accepted. This must be done by January 20th (for May graduates), April 1st (for Summer graduates) and September 15th (for Fall graduates). The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting (partial work cannot be saved). Most questions are required and must be answered for submission. We appreciate your thoughts in completing this survey. If you have questions regarding the survey please contact Patrick Holt at

Take the Survey

Cap and Gown

Cap and Gown rental/purchase may be made by going to Rental order information is usually available in Mid-March.

Graduation Checklist

Students should review the Graduation checklist view on Degreeworks (in the student tab at each semester to assure they are making appropriate progress towards degree completion. Degreeworks will also confirm for you which requirements you still must complete.

Students are responsible for tracking their own progress towards their degree, and for making their faculty advisor and Dean Holt aware if there is an error or omission in Degreeworks.

Commencement Day

On Commencement day, graduates are encouraged to arrive on campus no later than 8:00AM in order to give themselves time to prepare to line up and march onto Edwards Parade at 10 a.m. The full University ceremony takes place out-of-doors on the lawn directly west of Keating Hall (Edwards Parade).

There is plenty of seating available for guests, but shade can be limited. The day can become quite warm, so all are cautioned to dress for the day's weather. For those more comfortable indoors, a broadcast of the festivities is available in Keating First Auditorium.

In the event of rain, the University has a contingency plan, which will be available at that time. Generally GRE graduates are instructed to gather directly at Keating First Auditorium.

GRE Diploma Ceremony

Immediately after the commencement ceremony, the GRE hosts a diploma ceremony in Keating Hall's 1st floor auditorium. This is a brief presentation, offering our graduates a chance to gather and both celebrate their achievements and receive their diplomas.

GRE Office

441 East Fordham Road
Keating Hall 303
Bronx, NY 10458

Tel: 718-817-4800

Fax: 718-817-3352