Commencement FAQs | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Commencement FAQs


If I have an approved medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to be vaccinated to attend the Tandon Commencement Ceremony?

Both NYU and the Barclays Center reserve the right to change COVID-19 guidance due to transmission rates at NYU and NYC-at-large. As guidance changes, these FAQs will be updated accordingly.

In accordance with NYU’s commencement requirements for individuals with a valid medical or religious exemption to COVID-19 vaccination, candidates or their guests may claim an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements for valid medical or religious reasons only. Those meeting criteria for an exemption from vaccination are required to take a PCR test within three days of the Tandon Commencement Ceremony (i.e., not before May 13, 2022), and must be able to produce proof of the negative PCR test results if requested. Please review the University’s policy for additional information.

Be advised that NYU does not guarantee entry to venues with vaccination requirements as unvaccinated guests with valid exemptions will also need to follow the Barclays Center’s policies and procedures for those seeking accommodations to enter the venue.

Will I be required to wear a face mask for the duration of the Tandon Commencement Ceremony?

Both NYU and the Barclays Center reserve the right to change COVID-19 guidance due to transmission rates at NYU and NYC-at-large. As guidance changes, these FAQs will be updated accordingly.

Face masks are currently required for all individuals who attend the Tandon Commencement Ceremony at the Barclays Center, except while actively eating or drinking. Acceptable masks include:

  • Disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks)
  • KN95 masks
  • KF94 mask
  • N95 masks

Masks that are not acceptable include:

  • Masks with one-way valves or vents.
  • Bandanas, scarves, and face coverings made with other repurposed clothing items.
  • Cloth masks, unless being used as a second layer over a disposable mask.

Additional guidance for the proper use of masks and PPE can be found on the NYU Returns website.