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NYU SPS Graduates

Graduation Ceremonies

NYU holds one All-University Commencement each spring. May candidates, as well as September and January graduates, are invited to attend. 

In addition to the University Commencement ceremony, the NYU School of Professional Studies hosts separate events, one for its graduate students and one for its undergraduate students and their guests. Along with your family and friends, you will join your fellow graduates as we celebrate your achievements. Convocation is a rich, time-honored tradition at the NYU School of Professional Studies, during which we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The Convocation ceremonies provide an opportunity for those graduating, their family members, administrators, and faculty members to come together and acknowledge their impressive achievements, and to applaud the hard work they have made to enrich their lives and advance their careers through education.


Class of 2024 Ceremonies

NYU SPS Undergraduate Convocation

Monday, May 13, 2024

Time: TBD

Location: John A. Paulson Center at New York University
181 Mercer Street, New York, NY

NYU SPS Graduate Convocation

Friday, May 17, 2024

Time: TBD

Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Avenue, New York, NY


All-University Commencement

NYU Commencement Exercises

The All-University Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2024 will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium.


Information for Graduation Candidates

Graduation Application

Candidates who are scheduled to graduate in May must apply for graduation, using Albert, by Thursday,  February 15, 2024 in order to receive an invitation. Please note that receipt of an invitation should not be considered official notice of graduation. Such notice must come from the Office of the University Registrar.

Invitations will be emailed to your NYU email address in mid-March.  Contact the Office of Student Affairs at sps.studentaffairs@nyu.edu If you have questions.

Tickets for the SPS Undergraduate and Graduate Convocation Ceremonies

Each participating graduate and candidate for graduation is eligible to bring guests and will be provided with guest ickets, plus the opportunity to request additional tickets. Seating is limited.  Check your invitation for specific information on the number of guest tickets. More details will follow.

Tickets for the All-University Commencement Exercises

Graduating students, families, and guests must have a Commencement ticket to enter Yankee Stadium. 

Academic Attire Information

Graduates and degree candidates who wish to participate in the NYU School of Professional Studies Convocation and in the All-University Commencement ceremonies are required to wear academic attire. 

We encourage you to have academic attire shipped to your home. 

Ordering Academic Attire

A full academic attire set consists of a gown, tassel, cap (mortarboard), and hood (for graduate students only). Students will be able to order academic attire beginning March 11, 2024. For reduced shipping costs order before April 5, 2024.

Dean's Exception for the All-University Commencement and SPS Convocations

As approved by the University’s Deans Council, 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 the SPS Convocations. The two courses must be completed by the end of the summer. Students with extenuating circumstances (for example, international students whose visas expire or who are subject to travel restrictions) will have their situations reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

To request a Dean’s Exception (coming soon): 

  • Review your degree requirements with your academic advisor to ensure you meet the eligibilty requirements.
  • Complete the request form below. 
  • Once approved you will receive separate communications regarding next steps for both the all-University commencent and the NYU SPS Convocation. 
Additional information: 
  • Dean’s Exceptions will be limited to two guest tickets for the All-University Commencement Excercises.
  • Dean’s Exceptions will be able to order their SPS Convocation upon approval and will receive three guest tickets.

Apply to be the Student Speaker at the SPS Convocation Ceremony

Speaking at the SPS Graduation Ceremony is a tremendous honor, offering the rare opportunity to share an inspirational message and celebrate with those who have supported your journey—friends, family, and the NYU SPS community.

Who Qualifies to be a Student Speaker?  
Undergraduate and Graduate students who graduated in September 2023, January 2024, or who are May 2024 candidates.  

If you are interested in being considered for the role of student speaker at the SPS 2024 Convocation Ceremonies, complete the form below by Monday, February 26, by 5:00 PM - no exceptions. One undergraduate student and one graduate student will be selected to represent SPS and deliver their speech at their respective ceremony.  

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself that explains your interest in being the student speaker.
    •  A polished, near-final draft of a motivational and meaningful speech that meets the following criteria:
    • Three minutes max and approximately 400 words.
    • A reflection on shared educational experiences.
    • Contains an engaging opening, as well as an impactful conclusion and a call to action.
    • Shares a compelling, personal story.
    • Has a clear, thematic message.
    • Speaks to the value of the education you received at NYU SPS and to the broad range of degrees within either your graduate or undergraduate programs.

2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Convocations

Monday, May 15, 2023 & Friday, May 19, 2023

The 2023 NYU School of Professional Studies Undergraduate Convocation Ceremony took place at NYC’s Beacon Theatre on Monday, May 15. NYU SPS 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Lauren Greenberg ’06 addresses the Class of 2023. Undergraduate Class Student Speaker Wanda Bryce ’23 spoke to her fellow graduates at the ceremony. Dean Angie Kamath and NYU President Andrew Hamilton also delivered remarks.

On Friday, May 19, the 2023 NYU School of Professional Studies Graduate Convocation Ceremony took place at the historic Radio City Music Hall. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, global energy and climate innovation editor at The Economist, while Graduate Class Student Speaker Catalina Mejía Arenas ‘23, along with Dean Angie Kamath and NYU President Andrew Hamilton, also delivered remarks.

2022 Convocation Highlights