The School of Engineering will honor the Class of 2016 at its 161st Commencement Exercises on:

Monday, May 23, 2016
10:00 am
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY

Watch the ceremony live at

Watch the video from the 2015 Commencement


Commencement 2016 is open only to May 2016 candidates and all September 2015 and January 2016 graduates. Students must first apply for their degree through the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Spring 2016 degree application deadline is February 5, 2016.

Dean’s Exception: Candidates for graduation who have up to two outstanding courses required to complete their degree may petition their school’s Dean for eligibility to participate in Commencement. All outstanding courses must be completed by the end of the summer immediately following graduation. 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. You may download a Dean’s Exception Form or pick one up at the Office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs (Dibner 240).

For more information on eligibility, including the Dean's Exception, please refer to the NYU Commencement Eligibility Policy. PLEASE NOTE: PhD candidates are not eligible for Dean's Exception.


The deadline for all attire and ticket orders is Monday, April 4.

Tickets and pre-ordered attire will be distributed on the Brooklyn campus in early May (Date TBA).

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST WEAR official NYU academic attire to participate in the Tandon School of Engineering and the All-University Commencement exercises.

  • Order tickets for Barclays Center Commencement (link goes live March 14th)
  • Order tickets for Yankee Stadium Commencement  (link goes live March 14th)
  • Order attire from Herff Jones (link goes live March 14th)


How many tickets do I receive for Commencement?

When you register online, you may request a maximum of three (3) guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium AND up to five (5) guest tickets for the ceremony at Barclays Center. If you wish to bring more than five guests to the Barclays center ceremony, a limited number of additional tickets will be available on the day of ticket distribution on a first-come first served basis. Unfortunately, no additional tickets may be requested for the Yankee Stadium ceremony.

I’m unable to attend the attire and ticket distribution day. How can I get my attire and tickets?

If you cannot pick up your tickets and attire in person, you may designate a substitute. See the Pick up Proxy form for more information. Please sign the form and have your substitute bring a copy with them to the distribution, along with a copy of your NYU ID, their NYU ID, and a copy of your order confirmation. If your proxy is picking up both attire and tickets, you will need two copies of all documentation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you did not pre-order attire and fail to claim your ticket order by the end of distribution, those tickets may be distributed to another student.   

I requested more tickets than I need. What should I do with the extras?

If you do not need all of the tickets that you originally requested, we kindly ask that you return the extra tickets on the day of distribution, or give them to a fellow graduate who needs more.

PLEASE NOTE:  NYU prohibits the direct or indirect sale or auction of all Commencement tickets. Ticket(s) may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests, giveaways or sweepstakes) or other trade or commercial purposes.  Students engaging in such activities, as well as any other activity that disrupts the administration of the ceremony and/or violates the Yankee Stadium or Barclays Center Security Policies or any NYU student conduct policy, will be subject to NYU disciplinary sanctions, including without limitation the delayed issuance of a degree or diploma.

Do I have to attend Commencement to receive my diploma?

No. Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement, and you do not have to attend commencement in order to receive yours. Diplomas are printed twice a year, typically within eight weeks of the degree conferral date. Degree recipients are emailed after conferral with diploma mailing/pickup information. Please contact the Registrar's Office for any questions about your diploma.


February 5 May Graduation Application Deadline (Registrar's Office)
March 14

Registration Opens for:

  • Tickets for the Tandon School of Engineering Commencement Ceremony at Barclays Center
  • Tickets for the All-University Commencement Ceremony at Yankee Stadium
  • Orders for Commencement Academic Attire
April 4

Registration Closes for:

  • Commencement Academic Attire Orders
  • Tandon School of Engineering Commencement Ceremony Tickets
  • All-University Commencement Ceremony Tickets for Tandon students

NOTE: Any tickets for the All-University Commencement Ceremony ordered between April 11-May 6 MUST be picked up at the All-NYU distribution from May 10-17 on the Washington Square campus.

Early May (Date TBD) Ticket and Attire Distribution
Tickets and pre-ordered attire will be distributed in early May on the Brooklyn campus. If you cannot pick up your tickets and attire in person, you may designate a substitute. See the Pick Up Proxy form for more information. 
May 17 NYU Grad Alley
May 18 All-University Commencement Ceremony at Yankee Stadium
May 23 Tandon School of Engineering Commencement Ceremony at Barclays Center