Commencement Ceremony

Hunter students celebrate during the 218th Commencement Ceremony at Hunter College Assembly Hall.

The Commencement Ceremony is Hunter’s culminating event held at the conclusion of both the Fall and Spring semesters to celebrate those students who are candidates for official graduation.

Hunter College 220th Commencement Ceremony

When: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Where: Hunter College Assembly Hall, North Building, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Honors Information & Special Recognition

General College Honors

Graduation with general college honors will be noted on your diploma and transcript. A student who has completed 60 credits of traditional letter grades at Hunter College may be considered for graduation honors.

  1. Summa cum laude: Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.900 or higher
  2. Magna cum laude: Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.750 to 3.899
  3. Cum laude: Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 to 3.749

Departmental Honors

Graduation with Departmental Honors will be noted on your transcript. Individual academic departments identify those students who are eligible to graduate with departmental honors. If you have additional questions, please contact your major department directly.


  1. Valedictorian Criteria: 4.0 GPA and all credits completed at Hunter College
  2. Salutatorian Criteria:
    • 3.900-3.999 GPA and all credits completed at Hunter College
      – or –
    • Transfer students with 4.0 GPA and 60 or more credits completed at Hunter College

Note, college credits completed in high school through AP, College Now, or similar programs do not affect eligibility for Valedictorian, even if those credits were earned at institutions other than Hunter College. For the purposes of designating Valedictorian and Salutatorians, course(s) taken “on permit” at other CUNY schools are included when calculating the GPA.

Special Recognition

At Commencement, President Raab will give special recognition to several students for outstanding achievement in their courses of study or other activities. Faculty who wish to honor student excellence among our graduation candidates and/or graduation candidates who wish to nominate themselves for recognition may do so by completing the Special Recognition Nomination Form.