Commencement at Yankee Stadium

In May 2020, violet banners will fly high over Yankee Stadium as New York University convenes its 188th Commencement Exercises.

New York University holds one All-University Commencement each spring. May 2020 candidates, as well as September 2019 and January 2020 graduates, are invited to attend. The 188th All-University Commencement Exercises will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Eligible candidates should review the student checklist of important dates and deadlines. Commencement ticket and attire orders will begin in March 2020.

Each of NYU’s schools will hold an individual school ceremony. School ceremony information for Spring 2020 will be posted as it becomes available.

Commencement Schedule

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Yankee Stadium

9:00 a.m.  Gates Open for Candidates and Guests
10:30 a.m.  Faculty Procession Begins
11:00 a.m.  Ceremony Begins
1:00 p.m.  Ceremony Concludes (approx.)

Order of Exercises

The Commencement Exercises last for approximately 90 minutes to two hours. The program includes remarks by university leadership, a student speaker, the awarding of honorary degrees to several distinguished individuals, the conferring of degrees and certificates to students, and the passing of the university torch.

It is not possible to recognize each individual student by name at Commencement. Deans will introduce each class as a whole and a student representative from the school, who is selected in advance, will receive a symbolic diploma.


Tickets are required for attending Commencement. Ticket ordering begins in mid-March.


Candidates are required to wear academic attire. Attire rental ordering will begin in mid-March.

Getting to the Stadium

Public transportation is highly recommended to the stadium. Parking lots are nearby for those driving to the stadium

What Not to Bring

Large bags (larger than 16"x16"x8"), selfie sticks, laptops, flowers, balloons, and other items are not permitted. Yankee Stadium does not provide a bag check. View the full list of prohibited items.


Commencement takes place rain or shine. Small umbrellas are permitted in the stadium. The ceremony may be abbreviated if there is heavy rain.


Candidates are seated in sections by school on the field level. Guests are seated on the upper levels; guest seating is by general admission.