8:30 a.m. General admission gates open
9:00 a.m. Degree Candidates line up
9:30 a.m. Degree Candidate Procession begins
10:15 a.m. Academic Procession begins 10:30 a.m. Commencement exercises begin
12:00 p.m. Ceremony concludes
Location: The ceremony will be held outdoors on the Morningside Campus, rain or shine. The Levien Gymnasium will serve as an indoor, weather-friendly, accessible viewing location for any guest with a general admission ticket.
Tickets: Tickets are required for this event.
The University Commencement ceremony of the 261st Academic Year is Wednesday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. on the Morningside campus. Graduating students should arrive at their designated locations on upper campus by 9:00 a.m. to line up for the procession. Additionally, the ceremony can viewed via our live webcast.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Guest Seating: Tickets allow entrance into Morningside Campus on Commencement Day however they do not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first come first served basis, they are unassigned, and they cannot be reserved. University Commencement is a highly popular event and therefore space is very limited.
Weather: The University Commencement ceremony is an outdoor event which is held rain or shine. Prepare yourself appropriately for the weather conditions. Please bring sunscreen and a hat as well as an umbrella or raincoat, should there be inclement weather. There is also an indoor, weather-friendly viewing location for guests in the Levien Gymnasium which can be accessed with general admission tickets.
Street Closures: For those planning to drive or park near campus during Commencement Week, please note that many streets surrounding Morningside Campus will be closed (to both traffic and parking) by the NYPD.
More specific street closures and times will be communicated in the Spring Semester.
Green Initiatives: Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles in order to cut down on waste. The University is committed to global sustainability efforts and clearly-marked recycling bins will be provided on the campus grounds during the University Commencement ceremony. Following the event, please deposit unwanted plastic bottles or paper products (including programs) in these containers.
After the ceremony: The ceremony will end shortly after noon. We recommend that graduates and their families choose a designated area off campus to meet after the ceremony. With more than 30,000 people on campus, it can be very difficult to find someone — even with a cell phone — without planning ahead.
Bags: For security reasons and to save time, we ask that everyone refrain from bringing bags to campus on Commencement Day. Any bags or packages brought to the ceremony will be subject to search and must be kept in the owner’s possession at all times. Bringing bags will slow down entry and cause delay.