• Information for Guests


    Tickets are required for admission to Commencement. Graduates are allotted three guest tickets and are strongly encouraged to distribute tickets to their guests before the day of the ceremony. For more information about Commencement tickets, visit the Tickets page.

    Commencement to Be Livestreamed

    Commencement 2016 will be Livestreamed and can be viewed from any location with Internet access via this link.

    Guest Arrival and Seating Information

    Guests enter The Javits Center using the Javits Center North entrance at 40th Street and 11th Avenue. Doors will open for guests at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

    Guest with Disabilities

    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.


    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.


    Guests will not be allowed to stand in the aisles or in front of the platform to take pictures, as this would disrupt the ceremony and block the view of other guests. Please take personal pictures either before or after the ceremony. Outside the Javits Center is a good location for taking pictures.


    New York City has a wide range of hotel options. Please consult your favorite travel guide or one of the many online resources to find a hotel that suits your needs. Remember that New York City is a popular tourist destination, so it is best to book early.


    There is a vast range of restaurant options near the Javits Center and near The New School in the West Village. Guides such as Zagat, Yelp, The Time Out New York Restaurant Guide, and the NYC Dining and Restaurant Guide are good resources. Please make reservations early for large groups.

    Greening Commencement

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

    • Commencement gowns are constructed of 100 percent recycled fabric.

    Tips for "Greening" Your Visit

    Here are some ideas to make your trip to New York City and your attendance at New School commencement a little more environmentally friendly.

    Travel to New York City by Train or Bus

    Airplanes emit significantly more carbon dioxide per passenger than trains or buses, and at higher altitudes the effect of greenhouse gases is amplified. For example, CO2 emissions for one passenger on a plane from Washington, DC to New York City are approximately 2.6 times greater than for a passenger on a train and 5.7 times greater than for one taking a bus.

    If you have to fly, organizations such as and sell "offsets" for the CO2 emissions produced by airplane and automobile travel. Your money goes toward research and development of renewable energy projects and other carbon-reduction projects.

    Use New York City Public Transit

    New York City's MTA is easily accessible and a low-carbon alternative to driving a car or taking cabs. Public transportation is also the most economical and energy-efficient way to get around.

    Read more about our commitment to sustainability.


    Help celebrate the Class of 2015 by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos on social media using the official commencement hashtag.