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Polytechnic Institute of New York University holding commencement at Barclays Center, morning of May 23


A week after Long Island University (LIU) is holding its commencement at the Barclays Center, so too is Polytechnic Institute of New York University, based at MetroTech with arena developer Forest City Ratner. Unlike LIU, NYU-Poly, as its known, is not giving an honorary degree to arena developer Bruce Ratner.

Nearly 7000 people are expected at event Thursday, May 23, which begins with more than 1000 graduates arriving at 8 am at the entrance on residential Dean Street.

The schedule

8:00 A.M. Graduates arrive –All graduates will enter for the processional at the Emblem Health Dean Street Entry (Southeast corner of arena on Dean Street)
8:00 A.M. All guests of graduates with appropriate tickets must enter directly through the GEICO Main Entry. Several guides will be available to assist guests
9:00 A.M. Ceremony begins with the processional
11:15 A.M. Ceremony concludes (approximate time)


The merger backstory

As noted in the press release below, NYU-Poly, formerly the independent Polytechnic University, is on track to fully merge with NYU to become the NYU School of Engineering in 2014. That merger, first described as an affiliation, was unsuccessfully challenged in court, with a decision coming in 2009.

However, the absorption of the Brooklyn institution by NYU might be seen as a very savvy acquisition, not only adding the engineering school NYU desperately needed, but also acquiring property--existing buildings and air rights--needed for NYU's growth.

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