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Steps to Commencement

1. Confirm Eligibility

Confirm your eligibility by reviewing the full details below.  If you are within two courses from completing your degree, you can also request a Dean's Exception.

2. Apply for Graduation

Complete your application for graduation by Sunday, February 4.

3. Order Academic Attire

Order academic attire before Tuesday, April 10. Check earlier deadlines for select schools.

4. Order Tickets

  • Order All-University Commencement tickets by Friday, May 4. Check earlier deadlines for select schools.
  • Order school ceremony tickets. Deadlines vary by school.

5. Pick Up Attire and Tickets

  • Academic attire from Tuesday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 15.
  • All-University Commencement tickets from Tuesday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 15.
  • School ceremony tickets (distribution times/locations vary by school).

6. Celebrate!


Eligibility to participate in the 2018 All-University Commencement is limited to students who have graduated or will graduate during the 2017-18 academic year. This includes:

  • Those who have received degrees or advanced certificates of study in September 2017
  • Those who have received degrees or advanced certificates of study in January 2018
  • Those who are degree candidates for May 2018

Invitations will be mailed the third week of March to those who have applied for graduation. Invitations will be sent to your address on record with the Office of the University Registrar.

(Invitations should not be considered official notice of graduation. Official notice of graduation comes from the Office of the University Registrar.)  

Visit the University Registrar's website for information regarding:

Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Stern Graduate students should contact their school’s registrar’s office:

  • Dentistry: Office of the Registrar, Weissman Clinic, 421 First Avenue, Room 1034W; Contact: Carla Thomas, 212-998-9819
  • Medicine: Office of Registration, Greenberg Hall, 545 First Avenue, Suite 6M; Contact: Maureen Doran, 212-263-5291
  • Law: Records and Registration, Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street, Suite 400; Contact: 212-998-6040
  • Stern Grad: Records and Registration, 44 West Fourth Street, Room 6-100; Contact: 212-998-0660

Dean's Exception for the All-University Commencement

As approved by the University’s Deans Council, candidates for graduation who have up to two courses outstanding to complete their degrees may petition their school dean for eligibility to participate in the All-University Commencement. The two courses must be completed by the end of the summer. Students with extenuating circumstances (for example, international students whose visas expire or who are subject to travel restrictions) will have their situations reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The College of Dentistry and School of Medicine do not allow Dean’s Exceptions.