• Information for Graduates

    Graduate Arrival Information

    Graduates should arrive at Madison Square Garden no later than 9:45 a.m. for robing and line-up. Use the main entrance at Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street and follow the signs for student robing and line up.

    Please be prepared to comply with the following MSG security protocols:

    • Bring a photo ID with you for admittance.
    • Be prepared to pass through a security scanner and have bags checked.

    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 ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and end at approximately 1:00 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony, graduates and guests can meet in the in the mall area of Madison Square Garden at Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street.


    Madison Square Garden is located on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. Situated atop Penn Station, it is accessible by many rails, subway and bus lines. MSG’s website has information about arriving by public transportation as well as driving directions and nearby parking options.

    Students with Disabilities

    Students who have special needs should contact Tom McDonald in the Student Disability Services Office at or 212.229.5900 x3656 at least three weeks before the ceremony to discuss the layout of the commencement space. Madison Square Garden is wheelchair accessible, and two sign-language interpreters will be present.

    Cap, Gown, Hood 

    Students planning to attend commencement must order caps and gowns from Order by April 14 to ensure delivery.

    Pick up caps, gowns, and tickets:
    Monday, May 19, through Wednesday, May 21
    12:00-7:00 p.m.
    66 West 12th Street, room 510

    • Bring a photo ID and $55 in cash when you pick up your cap and gown.
    • If you need to send someone else to pick up your cap and gown for you, please provide your representative with a signed letter from you authorizing him or her to do so.
    • Your representative must be prepared to present his or her photo ID and make the $55 cash payment.

    Graduation Announcement Cards

    Personalized announcements can be ordered from Announcements are delivered approximately two weeks after the order date.


    For information about Commencement tickets please visit the tickets page


    Diplomas are not distributed at commencement, but are mailed to the address indicated on the graduation petition approximately three months after the ceremony. This allows for a final audit following the submission of spring grades to confirm that all graduation requirements have been met.

    Greening Commencement

    The New School's commitment to environmental responsibility extends to Commencement.

    • Commencement gowns are constructed of 100 percent recycled fabric.
    • Graduates have the opportunity to donate their gowns after the ceremony for reuse.
    • The programs, flyers, and invitations are printed on recycled paper.
    • Event banners are printed on a recycled fabric.
    • Flowers are locally sourced and seasonal.
    • Leftover food from Commencement receptions on campus is donated to City Harvest.

    The Graduation Pledge

    The New School joins hundreds of other higher education institutions in the annual Graduation Pledge. Graduates who wish to publicly demonstrate a commitment to social-environmental improvement wear a green tassel on their caps at the Commencement ceremony.

    Learn more about The New School's commitment to sustainability and how you can help.


    Share your tweets, photos and videos on social media using the official commencement hashtag.