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  • Information for Guests
     

    Tickets

    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.

    Guest Arrival and Seating Information

    Guests enter Madison Square Garden at the main entrance at Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street. The theater will open for guests at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 1:00 p.m. Immediately after the ceremony, guests and graduates can meet in in the mall area of Madison Square Garden at Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street.

    Guest with Disabilities

    Guests who have special needs should contact Tom McDonald in the Student Disability Services Office at mcdonalt@newschool.edu or 212.229.5900 x3656, at least three weeks before the ceremony. Madison Square Garden is wheelchair accessible, but guests will need to bring their own wheelchairs. Several local sources are listed below.Two sign-language interpreters will be present, and a special seating area will be designated for guests with hearing impairments.

    Wheelchair Rentals

    Scootaround Mobility Product Rentals
    Motorized and manual wheelchair and scooter rentals 
    888.441.7575

    New York Surgical Supply
    Motorized and manual wheelchair and scooter rentals
    800.249.1188
    212.255.5522
    Contact: Michael Liberman

    Big Apple Mobility
    Motorized and manual wheelchair and scooter rentals
    212.662.4548
    Contact: Alex Wong and Jay Martinez

    Directions

    Madison Square Garden is located on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd streets. Situated atop Penn Station, it is accessible by many rail, bus, and subway lines. MSG’s website has information about arriving by public transportation as well as driving directions and nearby parking options.  

    Photos

    The mall area of Madison Square Garden at Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street where you will meet graduates after the ceremony is a recommended location for photo opportunities. Please note that guests are not permitted to stand in front of the stage or in the aisles to take photographs during the ceremony.

    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.

    Restaurants

    There is a vast range of restaurant options near Madison Square Garden and near The New School in the West Village. Guides such as Zagats, 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.
    • Graduates have the opportunity to donate their gowns after the ceremony for reuse.
    • The 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 on-campus Commencement receptions is donated to City Harvest.

    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 among 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 2014 by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos on social media using the official commencement hashtag.

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