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  • The 2020 University Commencement will be held on Friday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. in the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens. 

    Directions and accessible seating information are available on our Venue page.

    Watch the Live Stream

    Commencement will be live streamed and can be viewed from any location with Internet access.


    The New School works to ensure that Commencement activities are as accessible as possible to all who wish to attend. Learn more on the Venue page.


    New York City offers 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
    37-10 114th Street, Corona, NY 11368

    Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport Hotel
    133-42 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354

    Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport
    9010 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11369

    Wyndham Garden LaGuardia Airport
    61-18 93rd Street, Queens, NY 11374

    Greening Commencement

    The New School's commitment to environmental responsibility extends to Commencement. Commencement gowns, for example, are constructed of 100 percent recycled fabric. You can make your trip to New York City and your attendance at New School Commencement a little more environmentally friendly, too. Here are some ideas:

    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 those for a passenger on a train and 5.7 times greater than those for someone taking a bus.

    If you have to fly, organizations such as and Terrapass 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 is 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.


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

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