• Graduate Arrival Information

    Graduates can arrive as early as 9:00 a.m. but must be checked in and ready for robing and lineup by 10:00 a.m. at the latest. Use the Javits Center North entrance at 38th Street and 11th Avenue and follow signs to the area for robing, marching instructions, and lineup. Please do not enter the Javits Center at 34th Street, since construction will be going on and we have been asked not to use that entrance. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and end at approximately 1:00 p.m.

    Please be prepared to comply with the following

    • Please bring your admission ticket and student ID with you for admittance.
    • Be sure to have your graduation regalia with you.

    Please note: Because belongings cannot be left in the robing area, we recommend bringing only your cap and gown and essential personal items you can carry with you during the ceremony.


    The Javits Center North is located on 40th Street and 11th Avenue. The website has detailed driving directions, including nearby parking options, as well as information about arrival by public transportation.

    Cap and Gown

    If you are planning to attend the university commencement ceremony at the Javits Center on May 20 and/or the Lang recognition ceremony, you can order your cap and gown through the "Graduation" portal on MyNewSchool by April 17, 2016. The portal will be available to fall and spring graduates beginning March 23, 2016. The portal is located under "Academics" and will be visible to all identified graduation petitioners. If you do not see this portal on your MyNewSchool page and believe you are graduating, please contact your academic advisor.

    You will be able to order and pay for your regalia online. Your cap, gown, hood, and stole will be shipped to the address you provide.

    It is very important that you review your DegreeWorks record to ensure that you are on track to complete your degree requirements, as no refunds for regalia will be issued.

    If you have any questions regarding caps and gowns, please email


    For information about Commencement tickets, please visit the tickets page.

    Graduation Keepsakes

    Students can order:

    Students with Disabilities

    If you use a wheelchair or have any special needs, please contact Jason Luchs in the Student Disability Office at 212.229.5626 x3135 or at least three weeks before the university commencement ceremony.

    Guest Disability Services

    The Javits Center is wheelchair accessible, but guests should provide their own wheelchairs. Local vendors include:

    Sign-language interpreters will be present and seating will be designated for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you have other special needs, please contact Jason Luchs in our Student Disability Office at 212.229.5626 x3135 or at least three weeks before the ceremony.

    Resource Guide for Graduating Students

    Read the Resource Guide for Graduating Students for useful information and advice to help you transition to life after graduation.

    Greening Commencement

    The New School's commitment to environmental responsibility extends to Commencement. Commencement will find all students wearing regalia made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles! Fewer plastic bottles will be choking our landfills because an average of 23 plastic bottles was used to manufacture the cap and gown of every New School student walking at Commencement. Part of the university's effort to remain green, the line of graduation wear — called GreenWeaver — is made of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets. With some 60 million plastic bottles going into U.S. landfills every day, The New School is helping to turn trash into keepsakes.


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