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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 185th NYU Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 11AM - 1PM at Yankee Stadium.  

Tisch Salute to the Class of 2017 will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 11AM - 1PM at Radio City Music Hall.    

Information regarding both the NYU Commencement as well as Tisch Salute willl be updated frequently so please visit us throughout each semester!


Graduation Information


Invitations for the All-University Commencement are mailed to all those who have received degrees or advanced certificates of study in September 2016, and January 2017, and to those who are degree candidates for May 2017.

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, please be sure to update your address with the Office of the University Registrar.)  

Please remember, May candidates must apply for graduation by February 3rd in order to receive an invitation.

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. Download and print the Graduate Exception application form.

2. Meet with your departmental academic services coordinator.  He or she will help you complete the form.

3. The completed form must be sent to the academic services team in Tisch student affairs by either you or your departmental coordinator.

4. 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 2017, Grad Alley, and the NYU Commencement Ceremonies. Note: You will NOT be able to request NYU Commencement tickets via Albert.

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

Timeline, Deadlines & Information for Graduates

Step 1: Apply for graduation on Albert.  Deadline for applying for graduation is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Step 2: Request Tisch Salute tickets:

During the 2nd week of 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 16, 5pm-8pm:  Grad Alley
  • Wednesday, May 17, 11am-1pm:  Commencement
  • Thursday, May 18, 2pm-4pm:  Dean's Reception hosted by Dean Allyson Green
  • Friday, May 19, 11am-1:00pm:  Tisch Salute to the Class of 2017

Tisch Salute Venue and Date

Tisch Salute will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall from 11:00am-1:00pm.  

The NYU Commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 17, 2017, 11:00am-1:00pm.  Please visit the website for more information regarding the University Commencement Ceremony.


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

Students will receive ticket reservation instructions in mid-March.  

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

Extra Ticket Requests:

Instructions on how to request extra tickets will be sent via NYU email to all graduating students. Extra tickets will not be available until after the conclusion of distribution in early May.

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 submissions will be accepted soon. Please check back after March 13th for more information.