NYU SPS Graduates

Graduation Ceremonies

NYU holds one All-University Commencement each spring. May candidates, as well as September and January graduates, are invited to attend. 

In addition to the University Commencement ceremony, the NYU School of Professional Studies hosts separate events, one for its graduate students and one for its undergraduate students and their guests. Along with your family and friends, you will join your fellow graduates as we celebrate your achievements. Convocation is a rich, time-honored tradition at the NYU School of Professional Studies, during which we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The Convocation ceremonies provide an opportunity for those graduating, their family members, administrators, and faculty members to come together and acknowledge their impressive achievements, and to applaud the hard work they have made to enrich their lives and advance their careers through education.

Summer and Fall 2023 Graduation

Sunday, December 10, 2023

9:45 AM – Doors Open for Candidates 
10:00 AM – Doors Open for Guests
11:00 AM – Ceremony Begins
12:30 PM – Ceremony Concludes (approx.)

NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Class of 2023 Ceremonies

Undergraduate Convocation

Monday, May 15, 2023

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY 

4:00 PM  EDT

Graduate Convocation

Friday, May 19, 2023

Radio City Music Hall

1260 6th Avenue, New York, NY

4:00 PM EDT

This Year SPS Convocation Speakers

Wanda Bryce
2023 Undergraduate Convocation Student Speaker
Catalina "Cata" Mejía Arenas
2023 Graduate Convocation Student Speaker
Lauren Greenberg
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

All-University Commencement

NYU Commencement Exercises

The All-University Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2023 will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium.

2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Convocations

Monday, May 15, 2023 & Friday, May 19, 2023

The 2023 NYU School of Professional Studies Undergraduate Convocation Ceremony took place at NYC’s Beacon Theatre on Monday, May 15. NYU SPS 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Lauren Greenberg ’06 addresses the Class of 2023. Undergraduate Class Student Speaker Wanda Bryce ’23 spoke to her fellow graduates at the ceremony. Dean Angie Kamath and NYU President Andrew Hamilton also delivered remarks.

On Friday, May 19, the 2023 NYU School of Professional Studies Graduate Convocation Ceremony took place at the historic Radio City Music Hall. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, global energy and climate innovation editor at The Economist, while Graduate Class Student Speaker Catalina Mejía Arenas ‘23, along with Dean Angie Kamath and NYU President Andrew Hamilton, also delivered remarks.

Information for Graduation Candidates

Graduation Application

Candidates who are scheduled to graduate in May must apply for graduation, using Albert, by Wednesday,  February 15, 2023 in order to receive an invitation. Please note that receipt of an invitation should not be considered official notice of graduation. Such notice must come from the Office of the University Registrar.

Invitations have been emailed to your NYU email address.  If you did not receive your Convocation invitation, please contact the Office at to verify your graduation status and email address.

Tickets for the SPS Undergraduate and Graduate Convocation Ceremonies

Each participating graduate and candidate for graduation is eligible to bring guests and will be provided with guest ickets, plus the opportunity to request additional tickets. Seating is limited.  Check your invitation for specific information on the number of guest tickets and be sure to register by Friday, April 21.

Tickets for the All-University Commencement Exercises

Graduating students, families, and guests must have a Commencement ticket to enter Yankee Stadium. Tickets must be reserved by Friday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m. 

Academic Attire Information

Graduates and degree candidates who wish to participate in the NYU School of Professional Studies Convocation and in the All-University Commencement ceremonies are required to wear academic attire. 

We encourage you to have academic attire shipped to your home. 

Ordering Academic Attire

A full academic attire set consists of a gown, tassel, cap (mortarboard), and hood (for graduate students only). Don't delay! Order your academic attire before April 7, 2023 for reduced shipping cost.

Dean's Exception for the All-University Commencement and SPS Convocations

As approved by the University’s Deans Council, candidates for graduation who have up to two courses outstanding to complete their degrees may petition their school dean for eligibility to participate in the All-University Commencement and the SPS Convocations. The two courses must be completed by the end of the summer. 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.

To request a Dean’s Exception:

  • Review your degree requirements with your academic advisor to ensure you meet the eligibilty requirements.
  • Complete the request form below. 
  • Once approved you will receive separate communications regarding next steps for both the all-University commencent and the NYU SPS Convocation. 
Additional information: 
  • Dean’s Exceptions will be limited to two guest tickets for the All-University Commencement Excercises.
  • Dean’s Exceptions will be able to order their SPS Convocation upon approval and will receive three guest tickets.

2022 Convocation Highlights