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  • Information for Graduates

    Graduate Arrival Information

    Graduates should arrive at Madison Square Garden (MSG) 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 your bags checked.
    • No outside food or drinks will be allowed.

    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. Located above Penn Station, it is accessible by many rail, 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, and Hood 

    The deadline to order caps, gowns, and hoods from was April 14.

    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.
    • If you plan to borrow a friend's academic attire from a previous year, please make sure it is the correct attire for your program. A complete list of academic regalia colors can be found here.

    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


    For information about Commencement tickets, please visit the tickets page

    Commencement to be Live-Streamed

    Commencement 2014 will be live-streamed and broadcast at the new state-of-the-art Tishman Auditorium in the University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street. Live-stream viewers will see a high-quality broadcast of the processional, speeches, and conferral of degrees as they occur at Madison Square Garden. The live-stream viewing begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 1:00 p.m. Doors to Tishman Auditorium open at 10:30 a.m.

    Reservations are required for admission to the live-stream, and early reservations are strongly advised. RSVP here.
    Note: The live-stream can also be viewed from any location with internet access via this link.


    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 made of 100 percent recycled fabric.
    • Graduates have the opportunity to donate their gowns after the ceremony for reuse.
    • 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 and 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.