• Information for Guests

    Tickets

    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.

    Guest Arrival and Seating Information

    Guests with admission tickets may arrive as early as 10:00 a.m. No guests will be admitted without a ticket. Seating is first come, first served, and seats cannot be reserved. Follow signs to the South Gate Entrance at Arthur Ashe Stadium. All guests must enter through this entrance. Guests are advised not to use the East Gate Entrance, as there will be construction taking place. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and end at approximately 1:30 p.m.

    Immediately following Commencement, The New School will host a celebratory festival featuring a performance by the band Moon Hooch, a Brooklyn-based brass-and-drum trio whose members attended The New School, and Arta Jekabsone, Jazz ’17, the winner of the prestigious Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. The festival also features an interactive arts activation, a pop-up shop of New School–themed swag from The New Store, T-shirt and gown printing by the Making Center, local food trucks, a GIF photo booth, games, crafts, and face painting.

    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 the 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 at least three weeks before the university commencement ceremony.

    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.
    • Bus: 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 the 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 the 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 Boulevard. Follow the signs to U.S. 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 Boulevard. Follow the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

    From Connecticut/Westchester (Option 1)

    Take the 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 the signs to U.S. Open Parking.

    From Connecticut/Westchester (Option 2)

    Take the 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 Boulevard. Follow the signs to U.S. 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 the "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 the 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 the "From Brooklyn" directions above.

    Parking

    There is a $20 fee for guest parking in the Citi Field lots near the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. We strongly encourage the use of mass transit. It is easy, safe, low cost, and environmentally sustainable. Taking the subway or the Long Island Railroad is faster than driving to the stadium from most parts of New York City. 

    If you plan to park your car, please use the following name and address of the parking to accurately navigate your way:
    Citi Southfield Parking Area
    120-01 Roosevelt Avenue
    Corona, NY  11368

    The fee for parking is $20.

    Hotels

    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.

    Here is a short list of hotels near the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center:

    • Holiday Inn LaGuardia Airport
      718.651.2100
    • Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport Hotel
      718.888.1234
    • Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport
      718.446.4800
    • Wyndham Garden LaGuardia Airport
      718.261.9400

    Restaurants

    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.

    We have recently partnered with local businesses that wish to celebrate our graduates and support their success in the future. Be sure to make plans now in advance of Commencement festivities taking place during the week of May 15. 

    • American Cut (restaurant)
      americancutsteakhouse.com
      363 Greenwich Street
      109 East 56th Street
      Complimentary dessert and a glass of Prosecco for New School graduates and everyone in their party. Graduates must show New School ID. Reservations must be made in advance by emailing Lifestyle@ldvhospitality.com. Be sure to mention this offer when making your reservations.
    • The Bean (coffee shop)
      thebeannyc.com

      842 Broadway
      15% off when you use Newcard Cash.
    • Cava Grill (restaurant)
      www.cavagrill.com
      143 Fourth Avenue
      $3 off your next purchase when you download Cava’s app.
    • Craft (restaurant)
      craftrestaurant.com

      43 East 19th Street
      10% off lunch. Graduates must show New School ID. Reservations must be made in advance. Be sure to mention this offer when making your reservations.
    • Da Andrea (restaurant)
      daandreanyc.com

      35 West 13th Street
      Complimentary glass of Prosecco for New School graduates and everyone in their party. Graduates must show New School ID. Reservations must be made in advance. Be sure to mention this offer when making your reservations.
    • The Gander (restaurant)
      thegandernyc.com
      15 West 18th Street
      10% off for all New School graduates and their guests. Graduates must show New School ID. Reservations must be made in advance. Be sure to mention this offer when making your reservations.
    • Headless Horseman (bar)
      headlesshorsemannyc.com

      119 East 15th Street
      $1 off menu items and 10% off draft beers and well cocktails. Graduates must show New School ID. 
    • Horchata (restaurant)
      www.horchatanewyork.com
      470 Sixth Avenue
      Complimentary dessert (choice of peach flan or sorbet) and a celebratory Tequila Sunrise for New School graduates and everyone in their party. Graduates must show New School ID. Reservations must be made in advance. Be sure to mention this offer when making your reservations.
    • Lugo Cucina (restaurant)
      lugocucina.com

      1 Pennsylvania Plaza
      Complimentary dessert and a glass of Prosecco for New School graduates and everyone in their party. Graduates must show New School ID. Reservations must be made in advance by emailing Lifestyle@ldvhospitality.com. Be sure to mention this offer when making your reservations.
    • Scarpetta (restaurant)
      scarpettarestaurants.com/new-york

      355 West 14th Street
      Complimentary dessert and a glass of Prosecco for New School graduates and everyone in their party. Graduates must show New School ID. Reservations must be made in advance by emailing Lifestyle@ldvhospitality.com. Be sure to mention this offer when making your reservations.

    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.

    #NewSchoolGrad

    Help celebrate the Class of 2017 by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos on social media using the official Commencement hashtag.

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