Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter Commencement Information


Many of you now are gearing up for the holidays and another special day – your student’s December graduation!
However, before the BIG graduation day here are some things you and your student should know:

“When and where is the Midyear Graduation Ceremony?”
The Midyear Ceremony takes place this year on Sunday, December 22 at 11:30am at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Line up for Students will be at the Physical Education Complex at 10:30am.  Parking and campus map directions can be found here.
Has your student ordered his/her cap and gown? Do they know where to pick it up?
Students that haven’t ordered their cap and gown can still obtain one.  Students can come to the Plaza Rooms located in the Mack Student Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, or Thursday, December 19, or one hour before the ceremony on Sunday, December 22 in the Physical Education Complex (where the students will be lining up) at 10:30 a.m.  Your student must bring his/her Hofstra ID in order to receive their academic attire. There is no fee for the cap and gown and students may keep the attire after the ceremony.
Once, the student picks up his/her cap and gown instructions will be given on how to assemble the attire. Your student will also receive a yellow index card with his/her name and procession placement.
Has your student received his or her tickets? Do they need more than 6 tickets?
Your student for the Midyear Undergraduate Ceremony receives 6 assigned seat tickets at robe distribution on December 18 and December 19 at the Mack Student Center Plaza Rooms between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.  However, if they need additional tickets they must enter their names into a lottery during robe distribution. Lottery winners will be notified via his/her Hofstra email and have 2 hours to respond to receive two (2) additional tickets.
Are you coming from out of town? Do you need to stay at a nearby hotel for the commencement ceremony?
You can check out some of Hofstra’s hotel recommendations in the nearby area here.

Are you and your student looking for a place to eat before or after commencement?
You can check out some of Hofstra’s local and favorite places to dine here.
Will you be unable to attend the Commencement Ceremony but still want to see your student graduate?
Good news!  The Hofstra Midyear Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will have a simulcast broadcast on
Have you or your student heard about the Senior Class Challenge?
The Senior Class challenge is a student-led campaign that raises money for the Fund for Hofstra University. The longstanding tradition invites seniors to give back to Hofstra in support of undergraduate education. All midyear students who make a donation of $20.14 will receive recognition in the President’s Annual Report and an invitation to the Donor Appreciation Reception! Click here  if you or your student would like to learn more about the Senior Challenge and to donate.
Do you or your student still have more questions on commencement?
Feel free to contact the Parent and Family Programs office at 516-463-4698 or at You can also reach out to the Commencement Department at (516) 463-4346 or via email at or visit their website here.


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