Commencement | NYU Tandon School of Engineering


Congratulations Class of 2021!

Information for Graduates

Stylized text reading Class of 2021. Redefining Engineer.

Tandon School of Engineering Virtual Commencement 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
1:00 PM

For all of us at NYU Tandon, few occasions are as eagerly awaited as Commencement Day. And this year, a memorable and engaging virtual event is in the works — one that will serve as a joyful acknowledgment of much hard work and a festive celebration of achievement.


Frequently Asked Questions


All-University Virtual Commencement 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
11:00 AM

Mark your calendars for the All-University Commencement Exercises. Read the full Commencement message from NYU President Andrew Hamilton.

Key Dates to Remember

February 14

May Graduation Application Deadline (Registrar's Office)

    March 29

    50 Nights to Commencement!

    Join us in celebrating 50 Nights Before Commencement! This event will feature information about school-specific ceremonies and celebrations, alumni and career resources for graduating students, and all-University initiatives such as the All-University Commencement, cultural graduations, and more! 

    Missed 50 Nights? View the recording of our information session for everything you need to know!

    April 6

    Deadline to request a Dean's Exception

    Deadline to place your order for the NYU Commencement Giftbox to arrive by May 7

    • Giftboxes will contain a cap, tassel, and other NYU Commencement themed items

    • There is no charge for the cap, tassel, or shipping; these are free.

    • You can enter your current mailing address through the website. The items should arrive in early to mid-May, although delivery dates may vary depending on the reliability of the mail and your location.

    • Orders place by April 6 will arrive by May 7. Orders placed after April 6 may not arrive by May 7 or before Commencement.

    Deadline to place your order for NYU academic attire to arrive by May 7 with standard shipping

    • This year, keepsake gowns will be available for purchase. Master's and doctoral candidates will also have the option to purchase hoods.
    • Purchasing academic attire is completely optional.

    • Orders place by April 6 will arrive by May 7 with standard shipping.

    • Orders placed April 7-19 will arrive by May 7 with expedited shipping ONLY.

    • Orders places after April 19 may not arrive in time for Commencement.


    May 19

    NYU All-University Commencement Ceremony

    • Virtual celebration begins at 11 am Eastern Time

    NYU Tandon Commencement Ceremony

    • Virtual celebration begins at 1 pm Eastern Time



    Commencement 2021 is open to all September 2020, December 2020, and January 2021 graduates and May 2021 candidates only. Students must first apply for their degree through the Registrar's Office.

    Dean’s Exceptions: 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. 

    Students must apply by Tuesday, April 6. To request an exception, please fill out the Dean’s Exception Form. Students who plan on applying for a Dean's Exception should apply for Graduation prior to the deadline. Students who missed this deadline should email

    Please note: CUSP students should contact Peter Tran ( to apply for a Dean's Exception.

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

    Submit a Video

    During your time at Tandon, you've learned to think in out-of-the box ways. You’re graduating with new ideas about how to respond to global challenges, new resilience and agility in how you work together to create solutions, and new appreciation for just how much you can accomplish when you’ve had the benefit of an engineering-based education and you’re passionate about an idea.

    The dictionary definitions of engineer are woefully outdated, like this one from Oxford and this one from Merriam-Webster. What you have been doing and what you will go on to do is much more expansive and innovative than these descriptions — your generation is, quite literally, redefining engineering. We’d like to hear what being an engineer, scientist, or technologist means to you. Will you fix something broken, strengthen something weakened, reinvent something that’s calling out to be reinvented? We want to know!

    Now’s your chance to submit a video that we’ll feature on social media and during our virtual Commencement celebrations. 

    Tell us, in one minute or less, how you’re redefining the term engineer. You can either speak in front of the camera or do a photo slideshow with a voiceover. Get creative! If you'd like to use the 2021 commencement background, you can find it here.

    Then submit your video to our Google Drive by April 19th. Please name your file as follows, ‘firstname_lastname_Com2021VidSubmission.mp4’ and we’ll take it from there.
    Thanks for considering participating!



    Graduation cap decorated with message "Keep moving forward"

    Social Media

    To capture the excitement and pride, we invite you, friends, and family, to celebrate your accomplishments on social media. Use #NYU2021 #NYUTandonMade to share photos, videos, memories, well wishes, and celebratory moments for a chance to be featured on our website!

    Find your school GIF on Instagram! We’ve launched our own series of NYU Tandon stickers on Instagram!  Search “NYU Tandon Made” in GIFS to add our exclusive graduation stickers to your Instagram Stories. Make sure to tag us @NYUTandon to be featured on our channel.

    All posts are moderated before being shared.