NYU Wagner Virtual Graduation 2021


    We are looking forward to celebrating the dedication, hard work, and resiliency it has taken for you to earn your NYU Wagner degree on May 20, 2021. Following public health guidance and that of NYU, we plan to gather virtually for a celebration of the Wagner Class of 2021.

    We are excited to announce NYU Wagner's Grad Celebration will take place on May 20 at 11am ET on NYU Wagner's YouTube page. Following, graduates, family, and friends can join the Program/Specialization Specific Virtual Celebrations from 12-12:30pm ET. 


Congratulations to the NYU Wagner Class of 2021! 


NYU Wagner's Grad Celebration will premiere on May 20 at 11am ET.

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Congratulations to graduates recognized with Awards and Distinctions!


The NYU Registrar mails diplomas to your permanent address approximately eight weeks after the degree is posted to your record. You should update your address in Albert to ensure the diploma is sent to the correct address. 

By default, your "primary" name (as it is entered in Albert and as it appears on your NYU transcript) is printed on your diploma. You can elect to have your "preferred" (or chosen) name (as it is entered in Albert) printed on your diploma by updating the Diploma Options page in your Student Center before your conferral date. 

More Information about Your Diploma


NYU Wagner’s Virtual Grad Celebration

Thursday, May 20


NYU Wagner will broadcast a celebration for all graduating students and their families and friends on YouTube. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021's accomplishments.

  • Remarks from Dean Sherry Glied, NYU President Andrew Hamilton, a graduating Wagner student, and a Wagner alumnus
  • Presentation of student awards 
  • Graduate candidates names will be announced 

Note: NYU Wagner's Virtual Grad Celebration will be captioned and posted as a recording.


Virtual Program/Specialization Celebrations

Following the Virtual Grad Celebration on May 20, graduates are invited to join their program/specialization celebration at 12pm ET which will be hosted by faculty. Other degree programs’ celebrations may occur at different times. Read below for more details for each celebration. Registration is now closed. Please reach out to wagner.convocation@nyu.edu if you would to join us.

  • Remarks by faculty host
  • Graduate "Toast" 
  • Engage and celebrate with fellow graduates

Graduates are welcome to wear their cap, tassel, and​​​​​ festive attire and encouraged to join using their camera and mic to actively participate in the festivities. We also encourage you to bring a glass to toast this celebratory occasion. Here are a few graduation virtual background options.


Academic Attire

Academic Attire ordered by April 6 for delivery by May 7. If you miss this April 6 date, see the NYU website for additional details.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to purchase academic attire at this time; it is entirely optional. This academic attire can be worn for photos and during viewing of the virtual 2021 exercises, and then kept and worn at the in-person Commencement ceremony when it is rescheduled. Those who do not purchase gowns at this time will be able to purchase them in advance of the rescheduled Commencement.

Cap and Tassel Gift Box

Orders placed by Tuesday, April 6 should be delivered by May 7. If you miss the April 6 deadline, see the NYU website for additional details.


All-University Virtual Commencement Celebration

Save the date: A Virtual Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The Class of 2021 will be invited to return for an in-person ceremony when public health guidelines permit us to do so. 

More Information

A wide range of events for graduating students will take place during the spring semester, in addition to the All-University Commencement, school ceremonies, and departmental events. Below are some of the events celebrating the Class of 2021.

More Information

NYU Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations

NYU Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations were established to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students—undergraduate, graduate, professional studies. The Office of Global Inclusion will share information once available. 

Wagner Alumni Network

Congratulations on your accomplishments, and welcome to the Wagner alumni network. We are thrilled to welcome you to our community of purpose-driven alumni living and working around the globe, contributing to all areas of public service. 

As you prepare to become a member of the alumni community, please know that Wagner is here to provide resources and support as you navigate the opportunities that lie ahead. You can also visit the Alumni Portal for additional ways to stay connected. 



If you're sharing your graduation photos or memories on social media, use #NYUWagnerGrad21 so we can re-post and share your excitement with the NYU Wagner community. 

Plan Your Own Virtual Celebration

  • Invite your friends and family: Send your guests an invitation to save the date and make sure they know when to log onto Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facetime.
  • Make a playlist: Use a streaming music service to create a playlist of your favorite celebratory songs.
  • Send guests virtual backgrounds: Dreaming of being on the beach, sitting in your favorite café, or walking in the streets of NYC? Download a virtual background to take you there.
  • Toast the occasion: Raise a glass and honor the dedication, hard work, and resiliency it has taken for you to earn your Wagner degree.
  • Share how you're celebrating: Tag NYU Wagner and use #NYUWagnerGrad21 so we can see how you're celebrating!