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					January 15, 2010

Dear MMC’s Class of 2010 Family:
As the spring semester begins, it is time to start thinking about the closing events of your
daughter’s/son’s undergraduate career at MMC. To assist you in your planning process,
included below is some important information. We are looking forward to sharing this special
time with you at the upcoming Baccalaureate and Commencement celebrations this spring on
Friday, May 21, 2010. In early May, seniors will pick up their caps and gowns and receive their
2 guest tickets to Baccalaureate, and 4 guest tickets to Commencement. Additional tickets may
be requested by students during Senior Packet Pick-up in early May although we cannot
guarantee that all requests will be able to be fulfilled. Should your graduating senior or anyone
in attendance at Baccalaureate or Commencement need special accommodations, please contact
the Student Affairs office at 212-774-0750 to let us know of your needs before May 10th.

Friday, May 21, 2010, from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Church of Saint Paul the Apostle
Entrance is located on Columbus Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets
(Students will enter at 405 West 59th Street for a pre-Baccalaureate meeting and line-up in the
Church hall)
Baccalaureate is a tradition of liberal arts colleges and celebrates the life of learning valued by
members of an academic community. To symbolize the graduate’s academic accomplishment
and commitment to learning, candidates for degrees are presented with a bachelor’s hood, the
third component of academic attire, in addition to the cap and gown. The hood is lined with the
college’s colors, blue and white, and trimmed on the outer edge with the color representing the
graduate’s degree -- white for the BA degree; gold for the BS degree; and, brown for the BFA
degree. An additional feature of the Baccalaureate ceremony is the awarding of honors and
awards to members of the graduating class. We encourage all graduates to participate in
Baccalaureate to be honored for their completion of this academic milestone.

Graduates will need to arrive promptly by 1:00 pm for a Pre-Baccalaureate meeting. Doors for
general admission will open at 1:30 pm. Students are allowed 2 guest tickets for this event,
but can request additional tickets at Senior Packet Pick-up in early May. Graduates will not
need tickets for themselves.

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Friday, May 21, 2010, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Broadway and West 65th Street
Marymount Manhattan College’s 61st Commencement exercises will be held at Avery Fisher
Hall, located at Lincoln Center. Graduating seniors are required to attend a pre-
commencement meeting, which begins promptly at 3:45 pm. After the meeting, graduates
will not be able to see their friends and families until after the ceremony.

Guests will be admitted into the Hall at 4:40 pm. The procession will begin promptly at 5:00
pm. Students are allowed 4 guest tickets for this event, but can request additional tickets at
Senior Packet Pick-up in early May. Students will not need a ticket for themselves. Due to
Lincoln Center fire codes and policies, children who cannot fit on a lap (under the age of 3) will
not be permitted to enter Avery Fisher Hall without a ticket. If any guests or graduating students
require special accommodations, please inform the Student Affairs office by May 10th by calling
212-774-0750, or by emailing The College cannot ensure special
accommodations if requests are not made by this date.

Students who wish to order graduation invitations may order through an outside company, CB
Grad, at or by calling 800-433-0296.

We will be communicating all information related to graduation to the seniors throughout the
spring semester via MMC email. Please urge them to check their email frequently. Information
will also be provided at If you have
questions or need additional information, feel free to call the Office of Student Affairs at 212-

Graduation Clearance
Receipt of this mailing does not indicate eligibility of graduation in May. Prior to
graduation, each graduating senior must complete a Degree Audit that lists all pending
requirements for graduation. They must meet with Associate Registrar, Ruth Falconer (Center
for Student Services) before April 30, 2010 to ensure that there are no unresolved requirements
pending that could affect their ability to graduate in May 2010. Only students who have
completed their Degree Audit and are confirmed with a graduation date of Sept. 2009 (who did
not walk in May 2009), Feb. 2010, Jun. 2010, or Sept. 2010 (with 6 or fewer credits to be taken
during the summer) can be assured that they will receive information regarding graduation via

Graduating students who have received Federal Stafford student or parent loans must complete a
required online exit counseling session before the end of their last semester. Students can go to for federal loan history and to complete
exit counseling. For further information, students should contact the Center for Student Services
(212-517-0500). Seniors with outstanding balances to the College must see the Bursar in the
Center for Student Services.

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Diplomas, Honors and Awards
Because Commencement occurs less than one week after the completion of final exams, we are
unable to process all grades to ensure students have successfully completed their course
requirements prior to the ceremony. As a result, the Center for Student Services will contact
students once the completion of all course requirements is confirmed, and diplomas are ready for
pick-up or to be sent home. If a student needs a letter of degree completion, the graduate may
contact the Center for Student Services at (212) 517-0500.

In addition, you may notice in the program in May that awards and honors are based on grades
through Fall 2009. Summa, magna and cum laude designations will be verified and adjusted
accordingly after spring grades are confirmed and final transcripts are reviewed. Should a
student’s status change or improve, it will be noted on the diploma and transcript.

For those interested in purchasing school paraphernalia for your graduating senior, items can be
ordered online at If you need
further information on products or the ordering process, the MMC Kiosk will be available to
answer your questions during the spring semester (February 1 through May 20) at 212-517-0403
Monday through Thursday between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Graduating seniors who wish to have their senior portrait in the Yearbook, should schedule
appointments in advance for a time slot with the photographer. The next sittings for senior
portraits for the Yearbook and graduation are Monday, February 8, 2010 and Tuesday, February
9, 2010. The final sitting is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2010. Students should schedule
appointments in advance on their own by logging onto and entering school
code 87196, or by calling 1-800-OUR-YEAR (1-800-687-9327). MMC Yearbook staff are
selling ads for the yearbook. If you would like to place an ad to congratulate your daughter or
son for their hard work and dedication, please go to

For those traveling from outside of New York City, we have reserved a limited number of rooms
at the Bentley Hotel from Thursday, May 20th – Sunday, May 23rd, 2010.

       Bentley Hotel
       500 East 62nd Street
       New York, NY 10075

       Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-664-6835 and asking to make reservations
       under G# 1158 (Marymount Manhattan College Commencement Room Block at the
       Bentley Hotel) The rates listed on the next page apply until April 30, 2010 or until the
       room block has been depleted, whichever comes first.

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       Bentley Rates*:
       Single/Double $229.00 per night (1 or 2 persons/1 King Bed)
       Double Beds $259.00 per night (1 or 2 Persons/2 Double Beds)
       Deluxe Suites $329.00 per night (3 Persons or 2 adults and 2 children/1 King and a pull
       out sofa)
       No rollaway beds or 4 adults in the room allowed
       Note: These rates apply to Thursday, May 20, 2010 until check out on Sunday, May 23,
       2010. All other dates will be reserved at regular hotel rates.

       *Room Rates are Net USD. Rates do not include taxes of 14.75% plus $3.50 per room,
       per night $5.50 per suite per night. All taxes are subject to change.

       Cancellation Policy:
       Cancellations received on or after April 20, 2010 will be billed for all the nights booked
       (the entire duration of the program) and guaranteed with the credit card provided at the
       time of booking.

While we do not have a block reserved at the hotel below, you may consider making a
reservation at:

       Desmond Tutu Center
       180 10th Avenue (between 20-21st Streets)
       New York, NY 10011
       Main Phone: 212-929-3888

Please know that you may be able to reserve less expensive hotel options on your own by going
online to or Please feel free to do so. We suggest you
make your reservations early. We have also enclosed a list of hotels in New York.

Class rings are available online at
Rings will be on sale through Herff Jones in the Black and White Lobby at the College during
the following dates and times:

     Wednesday, February 24th, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
     Tuesday, March 15th, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
     Wednesday, March 16th, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Session 73, 1359 First Avenue at 73rd Street
Seniors will celebrate on this night, which is approximately 100 nights before graduation. This
celebration is open to graduating seniors only. No guests are permitted.

Week of April 19-26, 2010
Career-related, social, and community service events will be hosted this week. More information
will be emailed to graduating students at a later date.

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Monday, May 3rd & Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 from 11:00am – 6:00pm
Marymount Manhattan College – Center for Student Services, Lower Level, Nugent
All graduating seniors must pick up their Senior Packet which includes cap, gown, and hood, as
well as their allotted tickets for Baccalaureate and Commencement. Students may also request
additional tickets at this time. Students must pre-order their academic attire online by March 31,
2010 at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 6:00 pm
Marymount Manhattan College – Great Hall, 1st Floor, Main Building
Seniors are welcomed into the Alumni Association, and receive their alumni pins. Dinner will
be served. Due to space constraints, this event is open to graduating seniors only. No guests
are permitted.

We, together with you, look forward to a very productive Spring 2010 and to a beautiful


Carol L. Jackson
Vice President for Student Affairs

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                                          Area Hotels
           For your convenience, we have compiled the following list of area hotels.
          MMC is not responsible for the conditions or prices of the hotels below. Due
               to the high volume of city traffic, we suggest that you book your
                                      reservations early.

LaGuardia Airport                 JFK Airport                        Newark Airport
Courtyard LaGuardia               Best Western JFK Airport           Best Western
90-10 Grand Central Parkway       144 - 25 153rd Lane                101 International Way
East Elmhurst, NY 11369           Jamaica, NY 11434                  Newark, NJ 07114-2314
718.446.4800                      718.977.2100                       973.621.6200

Crowne Plaza                      Double Tree Hotel JFK              Econo Lodge
104-04 Ditmars Boulevard          135-30 140th Street                853 Spring St
East Elmhurst, NY 11369           Jamaica, NY 11436                  Elizabeth, NJ 07201
718.457.6300                      718.322.2300                       908.353.1365

Holiday Inn                       Hilton Garden Inn                  Howard Johnson
37-10 114th Street                148-18 134th Street                20 Frontage Rd
Corona, NY 11368                  Jamaica, NY 11430                  Newark, NJ 07114
718.651.2100                      718.322.4448                       800.870.9039

Howard Johnson                    Holiday Inn Express Kennedy        Marriott
135-33 38th Avenue                Airport                            1 Hotel Road
Flushing, NY 11354                153 - 70 South Conduit Avenue      Newark, New Jersey 07114
718.461.3888                      Jamaica, NY 11434                  973.623.0006
LaGuardia Marriott                                                   Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel
102-05 Ditmars Boulevard          Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel         128 Frontage Road
East Elmhurst, NY 11369           132-26 South Conduit Avenue        Newark, NJ 07114
718.565.8900                      Jamaica, New York 11430            973.690.5500
Sheraton LaGuardia East
135-20 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

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                       East-Side Manhattan Hotels

40th Street – 49th Street              70th Street – 79th Street
Alex Hotel                             Mark Hotel
205 E. 45th St.                        25 E. 76th St.
212.867.5100                           866.744.4300

Marriott East Side Hotel               The Bentley
525 Lexington Ave.                     35 E. 76th St.
212.755.400                            212.734.9100
                                       The Surrey
New York Helmsley Hotel                20 E. 76th St.
212 E. 42nd St.                        212.288.3700

                                       80th Street – 89th Street
50 Street – 59 Street
   th                 th

                                       Franklin Hotel
Affinia 50                             164 E. 87th St.
155 E. 50th St.                        212.369.1000
                                       The Gracie Inn
Courtyard Marriott                     502 E 81st St.
866 3rd Ave.                           212.628.1700

Four Seasons
57 E. 57th St                          90th Street – 99th Street
                                       The Marmara Manhattan
Metropolitan Hotel NY                  301 E. 94th St.
569 Lexington Ave.                     212.427.3100
                                       Hotel Wales
The Kimberley                          1295 Madison Ave.
145 E. 50th St.                        212.876.6000
                                       Wanderers Inn
Sutton Hotel                           179 E. 94th St.
330 E. 56 St.                          212.289.8083

60th Street – 69th Street
62nd and York

Hotel Plaza Athenee
37 E. 64th St.

Loews Regency
540 Park Ave.
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