• Graduate Arrival Information

    Graduates can arrive as early as 9:30 a.m., but must be checked in, and ready for robing and lineup by 10:15 a.m. at the latest. Use the Javits Center North entrance at 39th Street and 11th Avenue and follow signs to the area for robing, marching instructions, and line up. 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 22 or the Lang recognition ceremony, order your cap and gown from by April 15. You can also order graduation announcements through this website.

    This year, your cap and gown package includes a stole of gratitude, which should be worn during the ceremony and then, if you wish, given to someone who has helped you reach your academic goals.

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

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


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

    Graduate Resource Guide

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

    Graduation Keepsakes

    Students can order diploma frames and personalized graduation announcements at Announcements are delivered approximately two weeks after the order date. Class rings are available for purchase at

    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.

    Greening Commencement

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

    • Commencement gowns are constructed of Repreve, a fabric made with 100 percent recycled polyester and plastic bottles.
    • If you are interested in borrowing your cap and gown from a student who graduated in a previous year, click here for the correct regalia colors. Students who are borrowing their caps and gowns can reserve their tickets by emailing Students are allowed only up to two tickets but can request an additional one by placing themselves on a waitlist.

    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.