We know—this isn’t any ordinary trip to New York. You’re here for the Big Day. For the cap and gown (at last). For as many posed family portraits as your brand new NYU graduate, decked out in Violet, will endure.

There’s the All-University Commencement at Yankee Stadium on May 20, of course, and the graduation ceremonies for each school—but you already knew all that. You’ve already got your outfits picked out and reservations made for a celebratory feast or two—not to mention a game plan for Grad Alley, NYU’s carnival-like Commencement-Eve block party.

What else is there to do?

A lot, it turns out. On the off chance you happen upon a moment of downtime during your stay—or just need a few minutes of peace and quiet amid all the fanfare and nostalgia—here’s a guide to some low-key entertainment across campus.


NYU’s wind chamber music ensembles play Thursday, May 14 at Provincetown Playhouse.

The vocal chamber ensemble sings Friday, May 15 at Provincetown Playhouse.

Saturday, May 16 brings a string chamber music concert at 35 West 4th Street.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players present The Gondoliers at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts May 15-17.

NYU’s Chorale, Women’s Choir, University Singers, Men’s Glee Club, Madrigal Singers, and Jazz Choir sing into spring at the Frederick Loewe Theatre on Saturday, May 17.


The Grey Art Gallery presents Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera, the first major solo museum exhibition by the Hong Kong-born photographer (closed Memorial Day weekend).

Steinhardt’s MFA and BFA students show off their thesis work at 80WSE (on view through May 20) and the Barney Building (on view through May 22).

NYU’s Institute for the Ancient World (uptown on E. 84th Street) presents From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics (on view through June 7). Here’s a sneak peek:



Only at NYU

May 19 kicks off a two-day exhibition of recent creative tech projects by the graduate students in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

You never know what you might find there, but here are some highlights from a previous showcase.

See the full NYU events calendar for more information.