Tisch Graduation

Congratulations on finishing your degree. See you at graduation!

Here at NYU we have two graduation ceremonies for Tisch students: NYU's All-University Commencement and our own special Tisch ceremony, “Salute,” which features performances, special speakers, and a send-off from department chairs to their students.

The 188th NYU Commencement will take place on WEDNESDAY, MAY 20th, 2020 at Yankee Stadium.

The Tisch Salute to the Class of 2020 will take place on FRIDAY, MAY 22nd, 2020 at Radio City Music Hall. 


Graduation Information


Invitations for the All-University Commencement are mailed to all those who have received degrees or advanced certificates of study in September 2019 and January 2020, and to degree candidates for May 2020.

Invitations will be mailed the third week in March to your address on record with the Office of the University Registrar. (If you have moved, update your address with the Registrar.)  

May candidates must apply for graduation by February 2nd.

Graduate Exceptions

If a student is not eligible to graduate in May, but anticipates graduating in the summer, the student may apply to be a Gradute Exception in order to participate in spring graduation activities.  

To qualify, students must complete no more than two courses by the end of the summer to finish their degree.  

Students who need three or more courses to graduate may not participate in graduation activities (criteria for Dance students differ; please see your department liaison).



1. Meet with your departmental academic services coordinator.  He or she will confirm the requirements to be a Graduate Exception and review your eligibility.

2. If you are eligible, your academic advisor will notify Tisch student affairs of your exception status.

3. Upon review and approval by student affairs, you will be contacted and provided the information needed to participate in the Tisch Salute to the Class of 2020, Grad Alley, and the NYU Commencement Ceremonies. 

If you have any questions, please contact Student Affairs at 212-998-1900.

Timeline, Deadlines & Information for Graduates

Step 1: Apply for graduation on Albert.  Deadline for applying for graduation is Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Step 2: Request Tisch Salute tickets:

In March, students will receive an invitation in the mail accompanied by an e-mail with detailed instructions regarding Salute tickets.  Ordering tickets for All-NYU Commencement is a separate process, for more information please click here.

Step 3: Order your Academic Attire online.  


Students will be able to reserve attire during the same time that Salute and Commencement tickets requests become available during the 2nd week of March.

Step 4: Pick-up reserved Salute tickets

Students will receive information to their NYU email accounts regarding ticket/academic attire pick-up in mid-March.

Step 5: Pick-up tickets and academic attire 

Graduation Week Events

During the week of graduation parents, family and friends are invited to attend traditional events such as Grad Alley and Dean Allyson Green’s reception for graduating Tisch students and families. Invitations for graduation events are sent home to parents during the last two weeks of March.

Calendar of Events:

  • Tuesday, May 19 - 5:00 PM:  Grad Alley
  • Wednesday, May 20 - 11:00 AM:  Commencement
  • Thursday, May 21 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM:  Dean's Reception hosted by Dean Allyson Green in the lobby of 721 Broadway
  • Friday, May 22 - 12:00 PM:  Tisch Salute to the Class of 2020

Salute Tickets

Students will be able to reserve a maximum of (4) tickets: (1) candidate ticket + (3) guest tickets.

Students receive ticket reservation instructions in mid-March. Reserved tickets will be distributed in early May.

Candidates MUST have their own ticket for admission. All tickets are general admission; there are no assigned seats.   

Proxy Ticket Pick-Up:

Students who cannot pick up tickets on the distribution days may send a proxy individual to pick up the tickets. The proxy must arrive with:

- ONE copy of the front and back of the student's NYU ID Card

- ONE copy of a signed (signature may be copied) letter from the student that includes the proxy's name and authorizes the pick up

- A valid Photo ID

Extra Ticket Requests:

Graduating students will have the opportunity to enter an extra ticket lottery when they reserve their Salute tickets.

If extra tickets are available, lottery winners will receive no more than one additional ticket.

The lottery will be run after ticket distribution in early May and winners will receive an email with instructions on how and when to pick up their extra ticket.

The Dean's Reception

FAQs about the Dean's Reception

Q: What is this event and who is invited?

A: The Dean's Reception is a casual, open reception for all graduating students and their guests, hosted by Dean Allyson Green.

Q: Is special attire required?

A: Not at all! This is not a formal ​event; please dress comfortably.

Q: Will there be food?

A: Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

Q: Do we need to come at a specific time?

A: The reception is open; there is no formal schedule and no remarks will be made. Come when you can!

Salute Program Tribute Pages

We invite you to include a celebratory message to your graduating senior by purchasing a tribute page which will appear in the printed Tisch Salute program. All contributions are tax deductible and directly fund the Tisch Alumni Program Fund. The fund supports alumni programming and resources after graduation. From networking events, workshops, and panels to festival presence and alumni groups, the Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to providing support for alumni after they’ve left the NYU campus.  

Tribute page requests can be submitted here. Questions? Email Joanna Caporusso Puglisi at joanna.puglisi@nyu.edu.