Commencement & Convocation FAQ

  1. What is the difference between Commencement and Convocation?
  2. How do I apply for graduation?
  3. I am finishing classes over the summer. Can I apply to walk this May?
  4. Do I and my guests need tickets for Convocation and Commencement? How do I obtain them?
  5. Will there be accessible seating for guests in wheelchairs or with mobility limitations?
  6. Where do I get my cap and gown?
  7. Which side does my tassel go on?
  8. I am a dual-degree student. Can I attend both ceremonies?
  9. How do I order copies of my graduation photograph that was taken at the Convocation ceremony?
  10. When and where do I receive my diploma?

 

1. What is the difference between Commencement and Convocation?

Commencement is the NYU-wide ceremony held in honor of the completion and/or in anticipation of your fulfilling all academic requirements at the University. The ceremony, held annually at Yankee Stadium, includes a presidential address, a student speaker, the awarding of honorary degrees to a number of distinguished individuals, and the conferring of degrees/certificates by the president of the University. The program concludes with the ceremonial passing of the University torch. Because over 5,000 students are expected to attend, it is not possible to recognize each individual by name. Instead, the deans introduce each class as a whole and a representative selected in advance receives a symbolic diploma for degree categories.

Convocation is the NYU Wagner ceremony that celebrates the achievements of NYU Wagner’s graduating students. Convocation includes a featured speaker and individual recognition of each student who has conferred a degree. In addition, doctoral students are hooded at convocation and students that receive other awards are recognized.  

 

2. How do I apply for graduation?

Students apply for graduation via Albert. The deadline to apply for May 2014 graduation via Albert is February 7, 2014. The deadline to apply for Summer 2014 graduation is June 13, 2014. If you missed the deadline to apply, please email wagner.studentservices@nyu.edu. Dates for future dealines can be found here.

Doctoral candidates should contact their program administrator.

Dual-degree candidates should apply for graduation at both schools only if they are graduating from both schools this year. MBA-MPA students must apply for graduation from Wagner via Albert, and from Stern via the AIS system. MA-MPA and MD-MPA students must apply for graduation from Wagner via Albert, but must also send an email to NYU Graduation Services requesting to be added to the graduation list for both schools. If you have any questions, please email wagner.studentservices@nyu.edu.

 

3. I am finishing classes over the summer. Can I apply to walk this May?

Candidates for graduation who have up to two courses outstanding to complete their degrees may petition their school dean for eligibility to participate in the All-University Commencement and NYU Wagner Convocation. The two courses must be completed by the end of the summer and students should apply for September graduation. Please email wagner.studentservices@nyu.edu to get on the list of September graduates walking in May.

 

4. Do I and my guests need tickets for Convocation and Commencement? How do I obtain them?

Separate tickets are required for both events. If you plan to attend the All-University Commencement, you must order tickets online between Monday, March 17, and Friday, May 9. Each candidate for graduation may request one candidate ticket and a maximum of three guest tickets for admission into Yankee Stadium. Information on where and when to pick up Commencement tickets can be found here.

Tickets for NYU Wagner Convocation can be requested online. Eligible graduates can request up to four (4) guest tickets and apply for wait list tickets. We ask every student requesting tickets for NYU Wagner Convocation to be thoughtful about the true number of guests that will join you on this celebratory day and to reflect that number in your online request (e.g., if you plan on having only two guests, please request only two tickets, allowing your extra tickets to be redistributed to your fellow students who need them).

NYU Wagner Convocation tickets will be distributed through the Ticket Central Box Office, located in Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Place). Convocation tickets will be distributed from Wednesday, April 30 through Saturday, May 10. Students can pick up their tickets during Ticket Central’s operating hours, which are Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. When picking up NYU Wagner Convocation tickets, please note that tickets will only be given to those students who have registered through the online form. When picking up tickets, you must show your NYU ID.  Ticket Central will not distribute tickets to persons purporting to represent you on your behalf, so you must pick up your own tickets in person.

 

5. Will there be accessible seating for guests in wheelchairs or with mobility limitations?

Yes. Please indicate on the Ticket Request Form if you need ADA accessibility for your guest(s).

 

6. Where do I get my cap and gown?

Graduates and degree candidates participating in the ceremonies are required to wear academic attire. Graduates can wear the same cap and gown for both NYU Wagner Convocation and NYU Commencement. Academic attire can be rented from Herff Jones, Inc. at www.herffjones.com/college/nyu. Rental orders must be received online by Monday, April 21. The rental fees are as follows: Master's cap, gown, and hood: $68.00; Doctoral cap, gown, and hood: $79.00. Once ordered, graduates may pick up their academic attire at the Coles Sports and Recreation Center (181 Mercer Street, between Bleecker and Houston Streets), starting May 13. Attire may be returned immediately after Convocation in the bins marked “Attire Return.” Herff Jones, Inc., will hold the renter financially responsible for non-returned items. After Friday, May 23, you must mail academic attire to:

Herff Jones
1000 N. Market Street Champaign, IL 61820
ATTN: NYU Returns

 

 7. Which side does my tassel go on?

Since all students have reived a previous degree, the tassel should be on your left.

 

8. I am a dual-degree student. Can I attend both ceremonies?

Dual-degree students are eligible to attend both of the individual school ceremonies and NYU Commencement. Students must be eligible and apply for graduation separately at both schools and apply for tickets separately from both schools. 

 

9. How do I order copies of my graduation photograph that was taken at the Convocation ceremony?

As a courtesy, professional photographs will be taken of each graduate and mailed to his/her permanent address approximately two weeks after graduation. After the ceremony, graduates may visit Island Photography’s website at www.islandphoto.com to instantly view and order graduation photos. You may also contact them at 516.676.4567.

Please remember that all future mailings will be sent to the PERMANENT ADDRESS you have listed in Albert including your diploma and graduation photos. Visit the Personal Infomration tab under "Student Center" in Albert to ensure all infomration is updated and correct.

 10. When and where do I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to graduates' permanent addresses by the Office of the University Registrar approximately eight weeks following the date of graduation. Please remember that all future mailings will be sent to the PERMANENT ADDRESS you have listed in Albert including your diploma and graduation photos. Visit the Personal Infomration tab under "Student Center" in Albert to ensure all infomration is updated and correct. For more information, visit the NYU Registrar’s website.