• Information for Guests


    Tickets are required for admission to Commencement. Graduates are allotted four (4) 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 Live Streamed

    Commencement 2017 will be live streamed and can be viewed from any location with Internet access via this link.

    Guest Arrival and Seating Information

    Please check back after January 13, 2017, for more information.

    Guests with Disabilities

    If you or your guests have special needs, please contact Student Disability Services at 212.229.5626 or studentdisability@newschool.edu at least three weeks before the university commencement ceremony.


    Please check back after January 13, 2017, for more information.


    Please check back after January 13, 2017, for more information.


    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 wide range of restaurant options near Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows―Corona Park, Queens, 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 carbonfund.org and perrapass.com 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 2017 by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos on social media using the official commencement hashtag.