• Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from The New School! Please bookmark this site and check your New School email frequently for important updates.

    The New School confers degrees three times a year: on January 31 for fall, May 31 for spring, and August 31 for summer. Commencement ceremonies are held once each year, in May, for all graduates. To be eligible to graduate, you must have completed all of the requirements for your specific degree.

    We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2024 with our community this spring!

    Countdown to Commencement

    Countdown to Commencement is a time to celebrate the many accomplishments of our graduating students and to help them prepare for their successful transition to The New School's alumni community.

    Academic Regalia

    The academic costume, more commonly known as your cap and gown, is designed to suggest a unified experience. At The New School, undergraduate students wear red gowns, master's students wear black gowns, and doctoral students wear black specialty gowns. All New School caps are black. Additional information about ordering your cap and gown will be provided soon. 

    Support Future Grads and Be Part of the Graduating Student Gift!

    Congratulations on your graduation! We hope you will take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments and pay it forward to future classes of New Schoolers by making a gift to the Student Emergency Fund or the Annual Fund for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EISJ).

    No matter which fund you choose, your contribution will directly affect the experiences of current and future New School students.

    Why give?

    • To show your Narwhal pride and care for your classmates. Gifts in any amount truly make a difference in by providing funds to students. 
    • To be a part of something bigger than yourself. You may think that a gift of $23 or less couldn’t possibly make a difference, but what if everyone in your group of friends teamed up to show their support for the Student Emergency Fund? What if every student in your class made a gift of $10 to EISJ that helped launch new support services? When combined with the donations of the entire class, your gift will make a tremendous difference.
    • To pave the way for future Narwhals. Donations alumni have made through the years have helped support opportunities for students at The New School. Now it’s graduates' turn to continue the tradition and provide resources for future students.

    Graduating student gift participants are eligible to receive a philanthropy cord*, to be worn with their cap and gown at Commencement to demonstrate their support for the next class of New Schoolers. These cords will be available for pick-up in the UC on several days in the leadup to Commencement. Details will be provided to all donors. 

    Be sure to keep an eye out for Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Programs staff at upcoming Commencement Countdown Events to make your gift in person and learn more about the benefits available to you as a New School alum.

    *If you are unable to make a donation but wish to receive a philanthropy cord, please contact [email protected]

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application


To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.