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All-University Commencement Exercises

Photo: NYU Students at Yankee Stadium

With banners flying and wearing their violet caps and gowns, the Class of 2018 will make history as it graces the stands of Yankee Stadium for NYU's 186th All-University Commencement Exercises. This invitation is extended to all graduates and degree candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Commencement Day Schedule
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Yankee Stadium

Time Event
9:00 a.m.

Doors Open

10:30 a.m.

Candidates seated in assigned school areas and
Faculty procession begins
11:00 a.m.

Ceremony begins

1:00 p.m. Ceremony concludes

The ceremony includes a presidential address, a student speaker, the awarding of honorary degrees to a number of distinguished individuals, and the conferring of degrees and certificates by the president of the University. The program concludes with the ceremonial passing of the University torch.

Because over 9,000 students are expected to attend, it is not possible to recognize each individual by name. The deans will introduce each class as a whole and a representative selected in advance will receive a symbolic diploma. All students are required to stay until ALL schools' class representatives have received their symbolic diplomas. Official conferring of degrees for all schools will follow.

In addition to the All-University Commencement, each of NYU's schools and programs may host individual school graduations. These smaller, more intimate ceremonies are held at various venues on campus and around New York City.

The University welcomes the friends and families of the Class of 2018 and extends heartfelt congratulations to our graduates.

Yankee Stadium Security Policies
Entry and Carry-In Policy

Safety is the No. 1 priority at Yankee Stadium. Be prepared to go through security at all stadium entrances. For the safety of every guest, all persons are subject to metal detector and physical pat-down inspections prior to entry.

Guests may bring into the Stadium one soft-sided bag no larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches.

Not allowed in the stadium:

  • flowers
  • balloons
  • any bag larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches
  • hard-sided bags or containers of any size
  • glass, cans, aluminum bottles or thermoses
  • selfie sticks
  • mono/tripods or other professional camera equipment
  • video cameras or other equipment designed for the sole purpose of video and/or audio recording
  • drones
  • laptop computers
  • firearms, knives or weapons of any kind
  • alcohol
  • illegal drugs or substances
  • baseball bats, brooms, poles, staffs or sticks
  • animals, with the exception of service animals to aid guests with disabilities
  • helmets, masks or costumes
  • projectiles (e.g., flying discs or beach balls)
  • aerosol cans (e.g., mace, pepper spray, hairspray or sunscreen)
  • confetti or glitter
  • visible obscene, indecent or inappropriate clothing

There is no storage area for these items.  

The full list of prohibited items and full stadium policy are available online. The Yankees reserve the right to change or modify this policy without notice.

For additional information, contact the Office of University Events at 212-998-6860 or

If you have questions about your individual school ceremonies, please contact your school directly.