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Class of 2019

2018-19 Steps to Graduation for Seniors

Congratulations, you’re almost a Hofstra graduate! You should receive necessary steps toward graduation several times through your Hofstra Pride email account. Please keep a close eye on your inbox so you don’t miss any information. In addition, here is a summary of steps toward graduation:


Once your complete 90 credits (attain a senior status) you are emailed and told to apply for graduation. Deadlines to apply for graduation are:

For Spring (May) Graduation: Candidates must file by October 1. If the application is received after October 1, there is a $25 fee. If the application is received later than March 1, there is a $50 fee.
For August Graduation: Candidates must file by March 1. If the application is received after March 1, there is a $25 fee. If the application is received later than August 15, there is a $50 fee.
For Midyear (December) Graduation: Candidates must file by May 1. If the application is received after May 1, there is a $25 fee. If the application is received after October 1, there is a $50 fee.
If you believe you have senior status and have not received any notifications about graduation, please contact your advising dean. It is also good to check your Degree Works audit, available through the portal. The Center for University Advising is located in 101 Memorial Hall; their phone is 516-463-6770.


The Commencement Office sends several e-mails to graduating seniors about graduation fairs and commencements. At the graduation fair, students will have the opportunity to order their caps and gowns and order rings and announcements.

The fall 2018 Graduation Fair is scheduled for October 17, 2018.

Senior Portraits

Senior Portrait dates will be announced soon. Please check your email for how to schedule appointments & upcoming dates.


The Spring 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 9 a.m. for Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Health Professions and Human Services and at 1 p.m. for Frank G. Zarb School of Business, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Midyear Commencement is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7 pm.
Information about the Spring and Midyear Commencements can be obtained at hofstra.edu/commencement. Information can also be obtained by emailing the Commencement Office at  graduation[at]hofstra.edu, or contacting them at (516) 463-4346.


For all ticketing information, including the additional ticket lottery process, please check out: https://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/commen/commen_tickets.html


The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement offers a number of events for seniors to take advantage of during the year. 

The How to Adult series offers workshops on practical life skills that will help you after graduation such as renting an apartment, healthcare, job benefits and retirement plans, and more! We will also host networking opportunities with recent alumni. More info coming soon!

100 Days Until Graduation
Friday February 8, 2019
11 a.m – 2 p.m.
Atrium, Mack Student Center
Get ready for graduation! Stop by to get a graduation check from advising, career questions answered from the career center, learn more about upcoming senior programs, socials and celebrations and pick up a limited edition Class of 2019 gift.

Senior Class Toast
Friday May 17, 2019
5:30 – 7 p.m
Main Dining Room, Mack Student Center

The Senior Class Toast is a chance to gather your family and raise a glass to the Class of 2019 alongside President Rabinowitz, faculty, staff, and of course, your fellow graduates. Save the date: May 17th, 2019. Look out for more information and the RSVP form in April 2019!

Important Dates

3-Sep Monday Labor Day Holiday - University Closed
4-Sep Tuesday Classes Begin
10-Sep Monday Last day to register or add a class online
11-Sep Tuesday Department permission required to add classes. Override form required to register



Last day to drop a course without receiving a "W" grade on transcript.
*Absolute last day to register or add a class
8-Oct Monday Last day to file the Pass/D/D+/Fail form
October 15 & 16 Monday & Tuesday Classes not in session
November 12 Monday Last day to file the Repeat Course form
Last day to withdraw from an individual course - for Undergraduate students
Note: For courses shorter than 15 weeks, the student must withdraw within the first 2/3 of the course.
November 21-25 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving Break - Classes not in session
10-Dec Monday Last day to completely withdraw for all courses - for Undergraduate students
11-Dec Tuesday Snow/Study/Reading day for Undergraduate classes only. Graduate classes meet.



Snow/Study/Reading day for Undergraduate classes only. Graduate classes meet.
Last day to withdraw from a course - for Graduate students
December 13-19 Thursday-Wednesday Final exams for all classes
19-Dec Wednesday Semester ends
19-Dec Wednesday (Evening) Commencement