40th Annual Commencement Exercises



Half Hollow Hills High School East
Eugene Orloff Auditorium
50 Vanderbilt Parkway
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Saturday, May 24, 2014




1. Attendance:
Commencement is the culminating experience of a college education. Although attendance is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for all graduating students. Please remember that every graduate must be approved by the Registrar’s Office in order to participate in the Commencement Exercises. An Application for Graduation must be filed. If a graduating student is unable to attend, she or he must contact the Registrar’s Office at (631) 656-2104, or e-mail the office at


2. Location

The 40th Annual Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the Eugene Orloff Auditorium located at Half Hollow Hills High School East, 50 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY 11746. Directions and travel information are printed below.



3. Distribution of Academic Attire and Tickets

In order to obtain a cap, gown, and tickets for graduation, prospective graduates must first have filed an Application for Graduation with the Registrar's Office and paid the $50 graduation fee. The Registrar's Office is open on weekdays from 8:30am until 5:00pm. Additionally, each prospective student must complete the Online Blackboard Graduation Survey (Please see the instructions in Section 5). Upon completing the Graduation Survey, the Registrar's Office will issue the student: (a) a Clearance Form permitting the student to pick up a cap and gown, and (b) up to four tickets to the Commencement Exercises. The graduate should present the Clearance Form to the FTC Campus Store Manager (Room 313), who will provide the student with a pre-sized cap and gown. Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up at the Campus Store starting on Monday, May 13th through Friday, May 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Academic attire will also be available for pick-up after 8:00 a.m. at the graduation location in the gymnasium. Caps and gowns may be kept by the graduating student; they do not need to be returned to the Campus Store after the Commencement Exercises.


4. August 2014 Graduates

Students who will be completing their degree requirements over the summer are required to register for their last courses before May 1st, in order to participate in these Commencement Exercises.



5. Graduation Survey

Graduates are required to complete a short, online Blackboard Graduation Survey on their future employment and educational plans. This survey is available only to graduating students and must be completed before a Clearance Form will be issued for caps, gowns, and tickets to the graduation. Students may complete the Online Graduate Survey from home, or they may use one of the two computers set up on the front counter in the Registrar's Office. Questions regarding the Online Graduation Survey should be directed to members of the Registrar's staff, or to the Dean at




6. Mandatory Rehearsal – Wednesday, May 22th at 10:00 a.m.

In order to ensure a smooth graduation ceremony, a mandatory rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Five Towns College Theatre Auditorium. A picture of the graduating class will be taken at that time, and important instructions about the Commencement Exercises will be provided. All candidates for graduation are required to attend the rehearsal. Please report to the Auditorium on time. Academic attire does not have to be worn at this rehearsal. Remember: The Rehearsal will be held at the College, NOT at the Eugene Orloff Auditorium at Half Hollow Hills East High School.



7. Distribution of Tickets for Graduation

Graduating students are entitled to receive from the Registrar’s Office, four (4) complimentary tickets for their guests. Graduates themselves are not required to have tickets, provided that they are marching in the processional. Complimentary tickets must be picked up May 13th – 17th. Guest seating is unreserved general admission. Seats will be given to ticket-holders on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Tickets that have not been claimed by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, will be forfeited.


Please alert the College in advance if any family members, relatives, friends, or other guests of graduating students have mobility impairments or require assistance being seated.



8. Extra Tickets for Graduation

Extra tickets for Graduation will be on sale at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center’s Box Office, located adjacent to the Five Towns College Theatre, beginning at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 20th. Extra tickets are $2 each. Five Towns College students who are not graduating but who wish to attend the ceremony may receive one (1) free complimentary ticket when they present a valid Five Towns College I.D. Card. The College does not guarantee the availability of extra tickets or complimentary tickets. The College reserves the right to limit the number of extra tickets that any one person may purchase. Any disputes regarding the distribution of tickets shall be resolved in a manner as determined by the Provost. The decision of the Provost regarding the distribution of tickets is final.


9. Guests Without Tickets

No guest will be admitted without a ticket. Please ensure that all complimentary tickets have been picked up by May 17th and that the purchase of any additional tickets is completed by 3:00 p.m., on Friday, May 23th. Tickets will not be available at the door.


Roses for the graduates will be on sale in the lobby prior to the ceremony.



10. Guests Must Arrive On Time

Seats for ticket holders will be held only until the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. - Sharp. Guests will not be seated once the ceremony has begun. Please advise all family members, relatives and guests to be on time. This ceremony will start on time.



11.Infants and Young Children

As the Commencement Exercises will last approximately 2 1/2 hours, we strongly discourage anyone from inviting infants and young children to the ceremony. Most infants and young children are not able to sit through a program of this length. When the presence of infants or young children cannot be avoided, they must have their own ticket and sit in their own seat. We ask that guardians observe appropriate decorum and promptly escort crying babies or disruptive children from the ceremony.



12. Commencement Exercises

Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 24th. On that day, graduating students must report to the Half Hollow Hills East High School no later than 9:30 a.m., dressed appropriately in their caps and gowns. Graduating students inducted into the Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society, should wear their Honor Society medallions. When graduating students arrive, they will be lined up by degree level (associate, bachelor, master’s, and doctorate) in the gymnasium and adjacent hallway. Please follow the directions of the faculty marshals who will organize the procession.


    • Promptly at 10:00 a.m., the academic procession will be led into the Orloff Auditorium by the Chief Marshal and flag bearer, in the following order:


    • 1. Chief Academic Marshall

    • 2. Flag Bearer

    • 3. Platform Party (includes Board of Trustees, recipients of honorary degrees, dignitaries, Valedictorian, Salutatorian, academic administrators, and other speakers)

    • 4. College President

    • 5. Faculty

    • 6. Doctoral Degree Candidates

    • 7. Master’s Degree Candidates

    • 8. Bachelor’s Degree Candidates

    • 9. Associate’s Degree Candidates


13. During the Ceremony


13.1 - Assignment of Seats
Guest seating is not reserved; general admission for guests is the order of the day. Graduates will be seated according to their degree level. Upon entering the Orloff Auditorium, a Faculty Marshal will direct graduating students to their seats, in the rows marked with white ribbon. Please follow the directions of Faculty Marshals at all times.


13.2 - Presentation of Honor Awards
In recognition of academic achievement or service to the College, Honor Awards will be presented at the ceremony. Anyone receiving an award will be notified in advance. On the day of graduation, awardees must identify themselves to the Faculty Marshal, who will provide them with a seat on or near an aisle. When the name of the awardee is called during the ceremony, the awardee should move quickly to the stage and accept the award from the President, Provost, or other official. The awardee will shake their hand and wait for the photographer to take a photo before returning to their seat. Please do not rush when ascending the steps to the stage.


13.3 - Presentation of Diplomas
When each row of graduating students is asked to stand and come forward, follow the instructions of the faculty marshal stationed at the beginning of the row. When approaching the stage, each graduating student needs to hand the completed name card to the announcer and wait until his or her name is called. Upon hearing one’s name called by the announcer, proceed across the stage and accept a facsimile of the diploma. Then move to the front of the podium, stop and stand next to the President or Provost so that the photographer may take a graduation photograph. After the photograph has been taken, continue to the end of the stage and return to your seat.


13.4 - The Turning of the Tassel Ceremony
When all graduating students have received their diplomas and returned to their seats, the Chief Marshal will begin The Turning of the Tassel Ceremony by asking these students to stand as a group. He will then instruct the students to move their tassels on their mortarboards from the right side to the left side, counterclockwise, to indicate that they are now college graduates. (Caps thrown into the air present a risk of injury to others. Therefore, please do not throw caps into the air, and remember that caps may be kept by graduates.)


13. 5 - Recessional
The Recessional will maintain the order of the Procession, with the Chief Academic Marshal leading the President, Platform Party, faculty, and then graduates out of the auditorium one row at a time. Graduates should remain seated until asked to stand.


Light refreshments will be served to Graduates and Guests following the ceremony.


13.6 - Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Please remember to turn off all cell phones, beepers, and other electronic devices before the ceremony begins. Please remind any guests to do the same.



14.   Other Important Information

Participation in Commencement Exercises does not necessarily mean that a student who believes that she or he is graduating will have in fact, officially graduated. The award of a degree requires fulfillment of all the stipulations set forth in the College Catalog. Only “token” diplomas are handed out at the ceremony. Actual diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the student’s Application for Graduation, after the student has been officially certified by the Registrar’s Office as a graduate. The process of certification may take several weeks. If there is a change in the mailing address for a graduate, please notify the Registrar at once. Remember that upon the completion of the Commencement Exercises, the caps and gowns become the property of all graduates.



Directions to the Eugene Orloff Auditorium

at Half Hollow Hills High School East


The Eugene Orloff Auditorium is located at Half Hollow Hills High School East, 50 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills 11746. It is situated on the east side of Vanderbilt Parkway, approximately 1/2 mile north of Half Hollow Road.



Long Island Expressway (495) west to Deer Park Avenue (Exit 51). Turn right onto Deer Park Avenue, heading north to Vanderbilt Parkway. Turn left onto Vanderbilt Parkway. High School East is located on the left-hand side of Vanderbilt Parkway.



Long Island Expressway (495) east to Bagatelle Road (Exit 50). Turn left onto Bagatelle Road heading north. Continue to the end and turn right onto Half Hollow Road. Travel along Half Hollow Road to the first traffic light at Vanderbilt Parkway. Turn left onto Vanderbilt Parkway, traveling north to High School East on the right.



There is no public transit service from the College to the Eugene Orloff Auditorium.  If a ride is needed between the College and the auditorium, independent arrangements may be made with any of the following taxi services:


Yellow Cab                 (631) 586-5666

Island Wide Taxi          (631) 547-0707

Orange & White Taxi    (631) 271-3600