Steps to Commencement 2020

1. Confirm Eligibility

  • Confirm your eligibility by reviewing the full details below. If you are within two courses from completing your degree, you can also request a Dean's Exception.

2. Apply for Graduation

  • Complete your application for graduation by Sunday, February 2, 2020. (This deadline applies to May 2020 candidates. October 6, 2019 is the deadline for Fall 2019/January 2020 graduates.)

3. Order Academic Attire

  • Order academic attire between Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Check earlier deadlines for select schools.

4. Order Tickets

  • Order All-University Commencement tickets from Monday, March 16 through Friday, May 8, 2020. Check earlier deadlines for select schools.
  • Order school ceremony tickets. Deadlines vary by school.

5. Pick Up Attire and Tickets

  • Pick up academic attire and All-University Commencement tickets from Tuesday, May 12 through Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • Pick up school ceremony tickets (distribution times/locations vary by school).

6. Celebrate!


Eligibility to participate in the 2020 All-University Commencement is limited to students who have graduated or will graduate during the 2019-20 academic year. This includes:

  • Those who have received degrees or advanced certificates of study in September 2019
  • Those who have received degrees or advanced certificates of study in January 2020
  • Those who are degree candidates for May 2020

Invitations will be mailed the third week of March to those who have applied for graduation. Invitations will be sent to your address on record with the Office of the University Registrar.

(Invitations should not be considered official notice of graduation. Official notice of graduation comes from the Office of the University Registrar.)  

Visit the University Registrar's website for information regarding:

Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Stern Graduate students should contact their school’s registrar’s office:

  • Dentistry: Office of the Registrar, Weissman Clinic, 421 First Avenue, Room 1034W; Contact: Carla Thomas, 212-998-9819
  • Medicine: Office of Registration, Greenberg Hall, 545 First Avenue, Suite 6M; Contact: Maureen Doran, 212-263-5291
  • Law: Records and Registration, Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street, Suite 400; Contact: 212-998-6040
  • Stern Grad: Records and Registration, 44 West Fourth Street, Room 6-100; Contact: 212-998-0660

Dean's Exception for the All-University Commencement

As approved by the University’s Deans Council, 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 two courses must be completed by the end of the summer. Students with extenuating circumstances (for example, international students whose visas expire or who are subject to travel restrictions) will have their situations reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Dean’s Exception procedures will be posted by February 3, 2020. The College of Dentistry and School of Medicine do not allow Dean’s Exceptions.