Graduation 2016

Brought to you by the Political Science department and the college Commencement team, below is information you may need to have a full understanding of the graduation process. Take time to review it carefully. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us the Brooklyn College Commencement Team at Phone 718.951.5352

When and Where Can You Pick Up Reserved Commencement Tickets?
Students may pick up their reserved 2016 commencement tickets at the Whitman Hall Box Office during the following days and times ONLY. They must have their photo ID and printed ticket confirmation at the time of pickup.
Pickup times:
Tuesday, May 17 – Thursday, May 19
• 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  and • 4–8 p.m.
Friday, May 20  
• 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
• 1– 4 p.m.
You will receive your tickets in an envelope along with the Your 2016 Commencement Guide, which will outline everything they need to know to be prepared for the ceremony. Included in the envelope will be a #BCGrad2016 sticker, which we hope they will wear when they take their photos and videos and share them on social media using that hashtag.
NOTE: Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced; no exceptions.
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Special Accommodations
Candidates who need special accommodations for themselves or their guests should contact the Commencement Team by Friday, May 20.
Brooklyn College does not provide wheelchairs. Individuals are responsible for bringing their own. Students should confer with their guests in advance about any accommodations to avoid accessibility difficulties.
Purchasing Commencement Cap, Gown, and Stole
To participate in the commencement ceremonies, you must purchase and wear a Brooklyn College cap and gown (and, as a master’s students, a stole). Commencement wear is available at the Brooklyn College Bookstore.
When and Where Can You Pick up Your Diplomas?
After the commencement ceremonies, the Office of the Registrar will notify students by e-mail when their diplomas are available and will provide them with the information they will need to claim it.  To make sure you receive that message, please make sure that your correct e-mail address is on file in CUNYfirst.
Visit the Brooklyn College Facebook and Twitter accounts from May 2 to June 2 to see which students from the Class of 2016 were selected to participate in our Countdown to Commencement social media campaign and read their testimonials about their Brooklyn College experiences. And view additional photos, videos, and testimonials under the hashtag #BCGrad2016!
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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