FAQ – Commencement
When and where is the commencement ceremony held?
Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the hangar. All students must arrive no later than 9 a.m. and report to their designated rooms located on the second level by the main security desk. If something prevents you from attending or you do not plan to attend the ceremony, please let us know by emailing graduation@vaughn.edu.
How many tickets will I receive for the commencement ceremony?
Graduates will receive four commencement tickets that will be distributed with your cap and gown. A guest without a ticket will have to view the ceremony from the overflow room. Overflow tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and will be capped when we reach maximum capacity for the space. Students may request overflow tickets by emailing, graduation@vaughn.edu.
When is the honors convocation ceremony?
Student achievement and academic excellence will be recognized at Vaughn’s honors convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the  College’s main lobby.
When is commencement rehearsal?
Commencement rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in rooms W155A/B from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Pizza will be served. It is strongly recommended that students attend the commencement rehearsal so they are fully prepared to participate in the commencement exercise.
When is the graduation celebration?
President Dr. Sharon DeVivo cordially invites students and their families to attend the graduation celebration with buffet dinner on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Studio Square Beer Garden located at 35-33 36th Street Astoria, NY 11106.
Do I have to pay the commencement fee?
Graduating students must pay an $100.00 graduation fee. This fee covers the cost of your cap and gown as well as your diploma. Students can pay by cash, credit card (MasterCard, American Express or Visa) or check (made out to Vaughn College) at the office of student accounts. Students must pay the graduation fee no later than Thursday, May 9, 2019.

When are the senior week events?
We have planned some exciting events to celebrate your hard work and achievement that will take place at the end of the spring semester. All seniors are welcome to participate in the senior week events. The senior week brochure and commencement website provides event details, cost and registration information. Please register at www.vaughn.edu/commencement. We have limited space for certain events, so please sign up early.
How do I order a cap and gown?
In order to place your cap and gown order, you must complete a short survey at http://www.vaughn.edu/commencement-graduation-survey/. After completing the survey, you will be directed to the Herff Jones link to order your cap and gown. Please make sure you complete the cap and gown order form to ensure the correct size and fit of your cap and gown. A confirmation email will be sent to you upon order completion.
When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?
All cap and gown orders must be submitted online with Herff Jones at www.vaughn.edu/commencement. Cap and gown distribution dates and times will be provided soon.
When can I take my senior portraits?
Gina Motisi from Gina Motisi Photography will be on campus during the following dates and times:


Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | Main Lobby
Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 3 p.m.–7 p.m.| Main Lobby
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 3 p.m.–7 p.m. | Main Lobby
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m.| Main Lobby
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | W143
Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Main Lobby

Students who miss on-campus graduation portraits can contact photographer Gina Motisi to schedule a portrait session at her studio in Stony Brook, NY. It is recommended that men wear a shirt and tie. Finished portraits will be mailed to the address provided by the graduate. Please allow two to three weeks for delivery. For more information, contact Gina Motisi at 631.751.2669 or at motisiphoto@optonline.net.

How do I order my senior ring?

Special discounts are available for Vaughn students wishing to purchase graduation rings. Representatives from Herff Jones are scheduled to be on campus during the following times:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Main Lobby
Thursday, November 1, 2018
  |3 p.m.–7 p.m.| Main Lobby
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 3 p.m.–7 p.m. | Main Lobby
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m.| Main Lobby
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | W143
Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Main Lobby

During the semester and after May 11, ring purchases can be made online at collegerings.herffjones.com or by reaching out to your local Herff Jones representative at 516-223-2572 or Thegraduateguy@aol.com.

If you have any additional commencement or honors convocation questions please feel free to email us at graduation@vaughn.edu or call us at 718.429.6600, ext. 221.

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