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 College of Dentistry and School of Medicine do not allow Dean's Exceptions.) Review Dean’s Exceptions for more information.
Yes! Complete your application for graduation by Sunday, February 2, 2020. (This deadline applies to May 2020 candidates. October 6, 2019 was the deadline for Fall 2019/January 2020 graduates.)
On-time orders can request one (1) candidate ticket and up to three (3) guest tickets.
Late orders placed in person after Thursday, May 14, 2020 can request one (1) candidate ticket and up to two (2) guest tickets.
Once approved by your individual school, Dean’s Exceptions can reserve one (1) candidate ticket and up to two (2) guest tickets.
If you miss the ordering deadline, you can order in-person during ticket distribution hours at the Kimmel Center. Late orders will receive one (1) candidate ticket and up to two (2) guest tickets. Late orders begin on Thursday, May 14, 2020.
If you cannot pick up your tickets in person, you can have a friend or other third party pick them up for you. Fill out the Third-Party Pick-up Authorization Form and have your third party bring a copy with them to ticket distribution. If your third party is also picking your cap and gown, they will need to bring a second copy of this form.
No, Commencement tickets will not be mailed. They must be picked up in person, either by yourself or by a third party (see above).
Graduating students will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in an extra ticket lottery when they order their Commencement tickets beginning in mid-March.
If extra tickets are available, lottery winners will receive no more than one additional ticket.
The lottery will be run in mid-May during Commencement ticket distribution and winners will receive an email with instructions on how and when to pick up their extra ticket.
Following the lottery, any unclaimed guest tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis on the last day of ticket distribution on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. No more than one additional guest ticket will be given out.
We also encourage candidates to reach out to fellow graduates to see if any may not be using all their guest tickets. Please also note that the University prohibits the selling of Commencement tickets.
Children who are 3 years old or younger and less than 30 inches tall do not need a ticket for entry. However, the child must sit on an adult's lap during the ceremony without obstructing the view of other guests.
The window for academic attire rental orders is from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Attire can be picked up at the Kimmel Center from Tuesday, May 12 (for on-time orders) through Tuesday, May 19.
If you did not place an online order for academic attire by the deadline, you must wait until Thursday, May 14 to place a late order in person during attire distribution.
If you cannot pick up your attire in-person, you can fill out two (2) copies of the Third-Party Pick-up Authorization Form in order for someone else to pick up your attire.
Yes, during the online attire rental process, you can request that your attire be shipped to you for an additional fee. Generally speaking, most candidates will pick up their attire in person.
Bachelor’s and associate’s cap and gown: $55.00
Master’s cap, gown, and hood: $75.00
Doctoral (and LLM) tam, gown, and hood: $85.00
You can keep the mortarboard (cap) and the tassel, which is a gift from the NYU Alumni Association. Gowns, hoods, and doctoral tams must be returned.
Yes! Mortarboards, which are the hats worn by bachelor's and master's candidates, are yours to keep and can be decorated. (Doctoral candidates wear a velvet tam, which must be returned and cannot be decorated.)
Academic attire is rented and must be returned. There are several ways to return your academic attire: (1) at Yankee Stadium on Commencement Day, (2) to on-site collection bins after your independent school ceremony, or (3) to collection bins in the NYU Bookstore from Wednesday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 26. After Tuesday, May 26, you must mail academic attire back to 1000 N. Market Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (Attn: NYU Returns).
Gates open for candidates and guests at 9:00 a.m. The faculty and platform party processions begin at 10:30 a.m., the ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m and concludes at 1:00 p.m.
Gates open at 9:00 a.m. Allow extra time to queue at the entrance gates and to pass through security.
Candidates sit in assigned sections with their schools. Guest seating is by general admission. Because there is no assigned seating, the earlier you arrive, the better seats you’ll find.
Students may request this in person during All-University Commencement ticket distribution hours. Wheelchair accessible seating is available on all guest seating levels at Yankee Stadium. Personnel will direct you to those seats on Commencement Day. To familiarize yourself with wheelchair accessible seating, review the stadium seating map.
If you are traveling by car with someone who uses a wheelchair or cannot walk long distances, we suggest you arrive early and drop them off at Gate 6 before you park. Please be aware these guests will not be able to enter the stadium before gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Our Commencement chatbot, GradBot, will be live and ready to answer all your Commencement and Grad Alley questions come Spring 2020.