Graduation 2011: Before You Walk, You Need To Read This

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To some, the word “graduation” may be scary. Others may feel emotions of joy, excitement, relief or an overwhelming sense of accomplishment at the prospect of concluding their years of college. Although heading from the comfortable confines of the classroom and into the harsh reality of the real world may be intimidating or a frightening step in your life, just know that your hard work will pay off in your future endeavors.

Yes, even in these hard economic times, the time and money you have invested in your college education is likely to pay off.  In a 2002 article, researchers cited Census Bureau data stating that although the earning between college and high school graduates vary overtime, college graduates, on average earn more than high school graduates. Additionally; over an adults working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million; associate’s degree holders earn about $1.6 million; and bachelor’s degree holders earn about $2.1 million. Understandably no one is going to just hand over 2.1 million dollar inside your NYIT diploma. In fact, you won’t even get handed the diploma until you take care of some preliminary steps (besides making sure you complete all your required courses). You will not receive your diploma until NYIT can verify that you have no unpaid parking tickets. Along with no unpaid parking tickets you must make sure you still do not have any material that you may have borrowed from the library throughout your years at NYIT (or unpaid balances).

Many students here at NYIT are not so sure how to go about the graduation process—and yes there is a process. Although it may seem like a lengthy process, applying for graduation is quick, painless and free. Here at NYIT we have a very quick, easy and paper-less way to apply online. Here are the steps you need to follow:

 

  • Log into your student NYIT account.
  • Click on the NYIT connect tab.
  • When the next page loads you will see the “NYITConnect Students” tab. Click on it.
  • The next page will be your student-NYITConnect students menu. Scroll down until you see the “Academic Profile” tab. The second link listed in this column will be the “Application for graduation”.
  • Click this link and you’re all set to apply!

After you apply online you will need to make an appointment with your department’s advisor. In this meeting you must discuss and fill out a program evaluation form. This form will help you to make sure you have met all the requirements of your major and have obtained all necessary credits. After meeting with your advisor, the advisor must send a letter of confirmation to registrar. When registrar receives the confirmation will you receive a notification letter in your email. If you are having a hard time making an appointment with your advisor you can contact them on the phone through their office numbers. If you do not know how to get a hold of their number visit www.nyit.edu and search through the NYIT Directory. So you see, it’s pretty simple, but don’t delay. Although commencement (graduation) is not until Sunday May 22, 2011, don’t expect to wait until a week before you graduate to apply. If you’re graduating in May, you need to apply online by March 25th so make sure you do not forget!

Commencement is a big day in your life. But you probably want to share it with others—your family, close friends. There is no charge for graduation tickets; however there is a limit on how many you get. You are given a ticket for yourself, plus an additional 4 tickets. Now perhaps you come from a family of 10, or you just might want to invite your entire block or everyone in your fraternity. Better save that for the after-party unless you can find tickets from other students who may not be using the extra tickets they were given. You can not purchase extra tickets and everyone who attends must have one.

Graduation should be a very exciting experience for those who have worked hard to earn there diplomas and thankfully the process is minimal. So whether the idea of graduation instills feelings of fear or elation in you, don’t forget that in order to walk in May, you’ve got to apply by March. For those of you who still aren’t sure or may have additional questions on the graduation process please feel free to contact Mohammad Al-Shurman of the registrar’s office at 516-686-7883 or email him at malshurm@nyit.edu. If you have any questions about the graduation ceremony contact Lynn Lamanno, coordinator of events, at 516-686-7480 or you can reach her through email at llamanno@nyit.edu.

 

 

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