Be ready for the big day! The details on this page will help prepare you and your guests for Commencement at Yankee Stadium. Make sure you review the Tickets page before Commencement Day.

On this Page: Getting to the Stadium | Parking | What Not to Bring | Entry, Exit, and Re-Entry | Seating | Health and Safety Protocols | Food and Beverage | Weather | Wi-Fi Media Release

Attending Commencement at Yankee Stadium

Getting to the Stadium

Public transportation is highly recommended to the stadium. The 4, B, and D subway lines stop at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium. If using Metro-North, take the Hudson line to the Yankees-East 153rd Street station. Parking lots are nearby for those driving to the stadium.

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Parking garages are available around Yankee Stadium. Recommended parking garages are the Ruppert Garage (30 E. 161st Street) and 161st Street Garage (20 E. 161st Street). Parking lots are cashless and require credit card payment.

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What Not to Bring

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

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Entry, Exit, and Re-Entry

Candidates and guests enter through separate gates. Candidates enter through Gates 4 and 8. Guests enter through Gates 2 and 6. Gates are very crowded and there will be a line to enter. Please arrive early to pass through security and find a seat before the ceremony begins. 

Following the ceremony, we suggest picking a meeting spot outside the stadium for after the ceremony. The plazas outside the stadium will be very crowded both before and after the ceremony. Guests are not permitted to leave the stadium and return on the same ticket.

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Candidates are seated in sections by school on the field level. School sections are labeled at the stadium. Candidates may sit anywhere in their designated school section.

Guests are seated on the upper levels. Guest seating is by general admission. There are no assigned seats or sections for guests on the upper levels. 

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Health and Safety Protocols

NYU will end its requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations on May 11. Guests will not need to show proof of vaccination at Commencement.

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Food and Beverage

The stadium concession stands will be open. Attendees can purchase a range of food, water, and other beverages (alcohol will not be sold). Attendees can also carry in clear, factory-sealed bottles of water (1 liter or less) and empty plastic sports bottles to use at water fountains.

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Commencement is an outdoor event and takes place rain or shine. There is no rain date. Small umbrellas are permitted in the stadium. The ceremony may be abbreviated if there is heavy rain. Please come prepared if inclement weather is expected.  

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Yankee Stadium has free public Wi-Fi. The name of the network is "Stadium" under the Wi-Fi options.

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Media Release

Please be aware that by attending New York University’s All-University Commencement Exercises at Yankee Stadium, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in films, tapes, and photography, and you release New York University from any liability on account of such use.