Commencement | The New School
  • Graduate Arrival Information

    Please check back after February 22, 2017, for more information.

    Directions

    By Mass Transit

    Use mass transit to make your trip convenient and cost-effective.

    • Subway: The 7 train provides service from Grand Central Terminal to Mets-Willets Point Station, including connections for all Metro-North Trains from Westchester and Connecticut.
    • Service is also available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. 

    By Car 

    If your plans require that you drive, please follow these recommendations:

    • Leave ample time. Give yourself time to find parking and to allow for traffic delays.
    • Please follow these driving directions closely, as there are new traffic patterns surrounding CitiField and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

    From Manhattan
    Take the RFK Bridge (formerly Triborough) to the Grand Central Parkway East. Exit the Grand Central Parkway East at Exit 9E – I-678/RT-25A East/Northern Boulevard East. Stay to the left and follow to the Van Wyck Expressway South. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow signs to U.S. Open Parking.

    From Brooklyn (Option 1)
    Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE/I-278) East to the Grand Central Parkway East. Exit the Grand Central Parkway East at Exit 9E – I-678/ RT-25A East/Northern Boulevard East. Take the RT-25A East/Northern Boulevard East exit ramp toward the Mets Stadium. At the first traffic light off the exit ramp, make a right onto Shea Road. Follow signs to U.S. Open Parking.

    From Brooklyn (Option 2)
    Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway to the Van Wyck Expressway North. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway at Exit 12A. Continue straight on to College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

    From Long Island
    Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At the first light, make a right on College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

    From Connecticut/Westchester (Option 1)
    Take I-95 to the Whitestone Bridge to the Whitestone Expressway South. Stay to the left and take the Van Wyck Expressway. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

    From Connecticut/Westchester (Option 2)
    Take I-95 to the Throgs Neck Bridge to I-295/Clearview Expressway South. Exit I-295/Clearview Expressway South at Exit 4 – Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West. Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE/I-495) West to Exit 22B - College Point Blvd. At the first light, make a right on College Point Blvd. Follow signs to US Open Parking.

    From Northern New Jersey (Option 1)
    Take the George Washington Bridge to the Harlem River Drive, then to the RFK Bridge (formerly Triborough). Follow "From Manhattan" directions above.

    From Northern New Jersey (Option 2)
    Take the George Washington Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway, then to the Whitestone Bridge. Take the Whitestone Expressway South. Stay to the left and take the Van Wyck Expressway. Exit the Van Wyck Expressway South at Exit 12A – College Point Blvd. Follow signs to U.S. Open Parking.

    From Southern New Jersey (Option 1)
    Take the Verrazano Bridge to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278) east to the Grand Central Parkway East. Follow "From Brooklyn" directions above.

    Cap and Gown

    If you are planning to attend the university commencement ceremony in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, on May 19 and/or the Lang recognition ceremony, you can order your cap and gown through the “Graduation” channel on MyNewSchool by May 5, 2017. The channel will be available to fall and spring graduates beginning February 27, 2017. The channel 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 eligible to graduate, 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 commencement@newschool.edu.

    Tickets

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

    Graduation Keepsakes

    Students can order:

    Accessible Seating

    The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is accessible. Accessible vertical access is provided via ramps and elevators, with escalators offering additional convenience for ambulatory guests. Wheelchair-accessible seating is provided off both the lower and upper concourses of Arthur Ashe Stadium. For more information, or if students or guests have any special needs, please contact Student Disability Services at 212.229.5626 or studentdisability@newschool.edu at least three weeks before the university commencement 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. At Commencement, all students will wear 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 each 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.

    #NewSchoolGrad

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

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