Commencement 2019


Didn't order your Cap & Gown?

Stop by the Graduation Fair to pick up your attire.   Please note that no attire sales will be taken before that date.

Cap & Gown Purchase

The black cap and gown that you wear for Commencement has a long tradition. Caps, gowns, and hoods were first worn at university functions in Europe during the Middle Ages when monks and students found them necessary for warmth in the cold and drafty castles and centers of learning. Until well into the 19th century, it was customary for many American college students to wear gowns while in daily residence or at meals. This practice has ceased to exist and, except for some British and European schools, few colleges request students to wear gowns except at Commencement exercises.

Order Your Caps and Gowns from the Campus Bookstore Online starting January 28 - March 15 .

Riverhead students:

Brentwood students:

Cap & Gown Prices:
Undergraduate $ 64.83
Master's $ 99.35
Doctoral $ 120.88
Hours for pick-up:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Senior Grad Fair

April 16 & 17, 2019  |  Hillwood Commons 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Pick up your cap & gown, take your senior photo, order class ring, and meet with representatives from various departments.

Payment must be made at the time of purchase. Cash, check, or credit card is accepted. Make checks payable to Barnes and Noble. If you have any questions, please call the bookstore at 516-744-6778.

Hood Colors for Master's and Doctoral Students
Master of Arts White
Master of Fine Arts Brown
Master of Business Administration Drab
Master of Public Administration Peacock Blue
Master of Science Golden Yellow
Palmer School of Library & Information Science Lemon Yellow
College of Education, Information & Technology Light Blue
Clinical Psychology Doctoral (Psy.D.) White
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Dark Blue
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Light Blue

Students must be in good financial standing in order to pick up their cap and gown order and participate in Commencement.  Please be sure that your account is in good standing before cap and gown pick-up. If you need assistance with bill clearance, please contact Enrollment Services at or 516-299-2323.

Students completing their course work/requirements in Summer 2019 (or student teaching in the fall 2019) who would like to participate in Commencement, must bring and approved “Commencement Authorization Card” with Enrollment Services financial clearance signature with them in order to pick up their Cap and Gown.

College Rings

A representative from Balfour will be taking orders for college rings at the Bookstore on the following days:

April 16 & 17, 2019 @ Grad Fair

Riverhead Campus: April 30, 2019

Brentwood Campus: May 2, 2019

Diplomas and Transcripts

Official diplomas will not be awarded on the day of Commencement, but will be available for pick-up in the Records and Registration Office beginning June 25, 2019. Degree noted transcripts will be available May 2019. All diplomas not picked up by August 16, 2019, will be mailed to the home address in our system.