Frequently Asked Questions
What is the virtual Commencement?
The virtual Commencement was an online event broadcast on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ET. A link to view the ceremony is posted on the NYU Commencement website. The Class of 2021 will be invited to return for an in-person ceremony when public health guidelines permit us to do so.
What if I cannot tune in for the virtual Commencement?
A video recording of the ceremony will remain on the Commencement website for later viewing.
Are the graduates' names announced during the virtual Commencement?
The virtual Commencement is an all-university event to salute the nearly 19,000 members of the Class of 2021. As such, this ceremony does not individually recognize each of the graduates. Graduates are recognized individually at their school ceremonies.
When will the in-person Commencement for the Class of 2021 take place?
The Class of 2021 will be invited to return for an in-person Commencement when we are able to re-schedule. Graduates were sent a survey in the early summer to help inform the planning process.
What is the status of Commencement for the Class of 2020?
The in-person 2020 All-University Commencement was postponed and will be rescheduled. A survey will be sent to Class of 2020 graduates in early summer to help inform the planning process.
When can I order tickets?
Once a new date is determined for the Class of 2020’s All-University Commencement, we will create a schedule for reserving tickets.
What is the schedule for cultural and identity-based celebrations?
The annual cultural and identity-based graduation celebrations were established to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students. Dates and registration details are posted on the Graduation Events page.
Will the Class of 2021 have academic attire?
This year, keepsake gowns were available for purchase. This academic attire can be kept and worn at the in-person Commencement ceremony when it is rescheduled. Those who did not purchase gowns at this time will have another opportunity to purchase them in advance of the rescheduled Commencement. More information is available on the academic attire page.
I expect to be a University Honors Scholar (Founders scholar). How do I receive my Founders (gold) tassel?
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 were notified in early April. They will receive a gold tassel and a personalized certificate, both of which were mailed in the late spring.
I am graduating with departmental and Latin honors. How are these recognized?
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.
I only have to take one summer class to fulfill my degree requirement. Can I participate in the virtual graduation ceremony in May?
Students who have up to two courses remaining to complete their degree requirements may request permission to participate in commencement-related activities from their school’s designated academic officer.
Can I take a Commencement portrait?
Information about portraits will be posted when the rescheduled Commencement date is determined. For more information, contact the NYU Photo Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.