The in-person 2020 All-University Commencement has been postponed. The date of the postponed Commencement ceremony will be determined once health and government restrictions are loosened and we are advised that it is safe to gather in large groups.
Once a new date is determined for the Class of 2020’s All-University Commencement, we will create a schedule for reserving tickets.
Academic attire will be available for rental for the in-person ceremony (date TBC). Members of the Class of 2020 who rent academic attire will have attire shipped directly to them for the rescheduled in-person ceremony (date TBC).
While there will not be an in-person Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 20, there will be a virtual celebration at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern time) on that date to recognize our graduates. A link will be posted on the Commencement website.
This virtual celebration is not intended as a replacement for the Commencement. The full Commencement ceremony will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Celebration for the Class of 2020 will be an online tribute to our graduates featuring remarks, music, and videos. It will be approximately 25 minutes long and will conclude with a virtual conferring of degrees by President Hamilton. As an all-university event, this celebration will not include individual recognition of each graduate.
A link to the celebration will be posted on the NYU Commencement website on Wednesday, May 20. It is open to the entire NYU community and the public.
The virtual celebration is not intended to replace the full Commencement ceremony. Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be rescheduled when it is safe to gather together in large groups.
The virtual celebration will be posted on the Commencement website. Return to the site on Wednesday, May 20 a few minutes before 11:00 a.m. (EDT) to access the celebration and get ready to watch! The celebration will also be streamed on Facebook and YouTube; direct links to the Facebook and YouTube streams will be posted on Wednesday morning.
Yes, you can watch the virtual celebration later if you are unable to tune in for the initial premiere on May 20 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The archived video will be posted on the Commencement website for future viewing.
The virtual celebration is an all-university event to salute the 19,000 members of the Class of 2020. As such, it will not be able to individually recognize each of the graduates.
NYU Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations were established to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students—undergraduate, graduate, professional studies. The Office of Global Inclusion has shared information about the following celebrations:
NYU is pleased to provide members of the Class of 2020 with a keepsake cap and tassel as a gift to the graduates. Associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s candidates will receive a mortarboard and tassel. Doctoral candidates will receive a doctoral tam and tassel.
Those who are eligible (May 2020 candidates, January 2020 graduates, and September 2019 graduates) must “order” their complimentary cap and tassel by Friday, April 24 to receive delivery before May 20. These students should have received an email on Monday, April 13 with a link to the order form.
Graduation accessories can be ordered through the Herff Jones website. These additional accessories are at the graduate’s own expense.
1831 Fund donors from the Class of 2020 who give a total of $18.31 or more will still receive the NYU Philanthropy Cord. The 1831 Fund Student Committee is currently working on a plan for how to best distribute cords based on when the rescheduled commencement takes place. More information will be shared to donors as it becomes available.
Baccalaureate candidates and graduates, whose cumulative GPA places them in the top 40 percent of their school's graduating class, are named University Honors Scholars, earning them the NYU Founders’ Day Award. University Honors Scholars will be notified on or around April 21. They will receive a gold tassel and a personalized certificate, both of which will be mailed mid-May, and sent separately from the cap and tassel gift package from Herff Jones.
Details about Latin honors, including the GPA cutoffs, are on the University Registrar's website. The University does not distribute tassels or cords for Latin honors.
Some schools might distribute cords for certain internal honors. Please reach out to your school with questions about departmental honors.
Students who have only one to two courses remaining to complete their degree requirements during the summer term may request permission to participate in commencement-related activities from their school’s designated academic officer.
Virtual portraits are now available through NYU's partnership with Island Photography. Visit the Virtual Portraits page for a link to create a custom portrait on an NYU background for instant digital download, or request a free print. Portraits will be available until Friday, May 29.
In-person portrait sittings will be available when the 2020 All-University Commencement is rescheduled.