Participating in Ceremonies


2017 NYU Wagner Convocation

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Graduate arrival: no later than 8:30am. Doors open for guests: 9:15am.

In addition to NYU's All-University Commencement, NYU Wagner holds a separate convocation. Every student eligible for graduation will automatically be sent convocation information. For more information about NYU Wagner's ceremony, contact Wagner's Office of External Affairs at 212.998.7484. 


Patrick Gaspard

Keynote Speaker

NYU Wagner is proud to present Vice President of Open Society Foundations and former US Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, as the 2017 Convocation Keynote Speaker.

Patrick Gaspard started as vice president of programs at the Open Society Foundations in January 2017. Gaspard brings nearly two decades of distinguished and high level public service. As the US ambassador to South Africa from 2013 to 2016, Gaspard worked to strengthen civil society and worked in partnership with the South African government to develop the country’s healthcare infrastructure and to support innovations in local governance. He also worked to connect South African entrepreneurs to US markets; develop clean, renewable, and efficient energy technologies; and to end wildlife trafficking.

Gaspard served as the executive director of the Democratic National Committee from 2011 to 2013. He was assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Political Affairs from 2009 to 2011. He was the national political director for Obama for America in 2008. Gaspard also was the executive vice president and political director for the Service Employees International Union. He has deep experience in both presidential and New York City politics.

Graduate Open House Reception

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

Graduates and their families are invited to the Puck  Building for a casual afternoon of mingling with faculty and staff as they say farewell to Wagner. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.


Photo Credit: NYU Photo Bureau

2017 NYU All-University Commencement

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Yankee Stadium

1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

New York University's Office of Commencement arranges the All-University Commencement. Students applying to graduate will automatically receive information about the ceremony. Questions about the ceremony should be directed to 212.998.6868.

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