Graduation 2016

Planning for the 2016 commencement ceremonies is under way.  If you are graduating at the end of the Spring 2016 semester, please file for graduation by the deadline, February 15.  Instruction on filing are here:  Apply_for_Graduation_on_CF_Sept2015

Graduating students who plan to attend the commencement ceremonies must reserve tickets using our online commencement ticket reservation system. The system is available via BC WebCentral. Commencement tickets can be reserved only from Monday, April 11, to Friday, May 1. Please make sure to reserve your tickets early.
Students must reserve one ticket for themselves and may reserve up to three guest tickets. Reservation of tickets is not a guarantee that student names will appear in the 2016 Commencement Program.
For students who need additional information about commencement tickets:

Please note that filing for graduation is not the same as requesting tickets to walk in the commencement ceremony.  If you would like to participate in the ceremony, and/or would like tickets for friends and family members, call the Division of Student Affairs at 718.951.5352 to request tickets.

Important 2016 Dates

Deadlines for Filing for Graduation:   February 15 (for June 2016 graduates) and  May 15 (for September 2016 graduates)

Overseas Letter Application Window  (for students inviting family and friends from other countries to the commencement ceremonies): February 8 – March 21

Commencement Ticket Reservation Window: April 11 – May 1

Commencement Ticket Pick-up Dates:  May 17 to May 19: 10:00 am– 2:00 pm and 4:00 – 8:00 pm    • May 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm    • May 22, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Commencement Ceremonies:   Master’s I: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 1:45 p.m.

MA Students in International Affairs:  We will be celebrating prior to the ceremony with a group photo on the college Quad.  More details forthcoming.

Petition to Walk for Summer 2016 Graduates

For students completing all of their degree requirements by September 2016 (i.e., during the summer 2016 semesters) who wish to participate in the June 2016 commencement ceremonies, please: 1. complete the Petition to Walk application, and 2. File for graduation by the May 15, 2016 deadline.

The application will be available online until April 11.
Note: Submission of the Petition to Walk application does not guarantee that students will be eligible to participate in the 2016 commencement ceremony, and their names may not appear in the 2016 Commencement Program.

The Brooklyn College Commencement Team:  Phone: 718.951.5352   Questions? Click here.


Learning Center: Writing Support for Graduate Students

The Learning Center (LC) provides free peer and professional tutoring in courses across the curriculum.  We are open 7 days a week: M-TH: 10 AM – 7 PM, F: 10 AM – 3 PM, and S/SU: 12 PM – 4 PM.  Students will find it a congenial place to share ideas, consult with a tutor, and improve their skills.  Computers are also available for use.   Students working on writing assignments can get support at every stage of the writing process, from outlining to revising, and everything in between.  For graduate students, the Learning Center hired a tutor, Ted Demos, to work specifically with graduate students.  He is available to meet with you to discuss writing strategies and to help you take advantage of all resources available in the Center.  To make an appointment, please call the center at 718.951.5821, or stop by.  For all non-writing  subjects, students may drop in during our posted days and times.  Tutorials are conducted in small groups or one-on-one depending on availability.  Our full schedule is available on our website at and updated throughout the semester.

Co-Sponsorship Statement and Policy

The Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College welcomes requests to co-sponsor speakers and events from all student groups, departments and programs. We co-sponsor events because we as a department value the open and free exchange of ideas. As educators, we place great value on learning, inside and outside the classroom. At our commuter campus, students’ time is scarce, as most have jobs. We want our students to care enough about ideas and about politics to plan and attend such events. By sponsoring and co-sponsoring speakers, we are not endorsing the ideas expressed; in the past we have sponsored and co-sponsored speakers as various as Omar Barghouti, Alan Dershowitz, Kathleen Cleaver, Elliot Abrams, Glenn Greenwald, Judith Butler, and Leonard Garment. We are instead acknowledging and encouraging students’ contributions to the intellectual life of the campus.

Survey: class times and summer classes

The MA program would like to get your input on your preferred times for masters courses.  We now offer most courses in the evenings, but can schedule them in the afternoons and other times if there is enough interest.   When you can, please take this two-minute survey.  It will help us tremendously in knowing when, and where, you would like your classes to take place:


Spring 2016 Academic and Career Workshops for MA Students


The college will offer a fall series of academic workshops for graduate students.  Consult the online college calendar for the dates and locations of these workshops, and register at

Thesis Writing Workshops: Step by step guide to research and thesis writing   Speaker: Prof. James Davis, English Dept.  Place:         Time:  TBA         .

Comprehensive Exam Workshops: Procedures for taking the exam at BC.    Place:     Library, Second Floor, Room 241  Time:     TBA