Graduating Students

Sunday, May 21

Congratulations, graduates!

The live webcast of commencement has ended. Return this week for video highlights of the ceremony.

Before May 21

Filing for Graduation

The date to register for graduation was February 17, 2017. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at for further questions regarding filing for graduation.

Notification of Graduation Eligibility

Getting Your Diploma

Graduating with Distinction

Degrees with Distinction
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Honor Cords
Students graduating cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude are asked to rise as a group during the main ceremony to be recognized. Students graduating with these honors may purchase a silver honor cord for $13 in the bookstore in May.

Golden Key International Honor Society
Members wear a golden rope that can be picked up when you pick up your tickets.

Share Your Photos

Seniors, share your photos for our commencement day montage! All images should be 1600x1200 pixels (2MP) or higher, and have a file size of less than 10mb. Email photos to

Academic Regalia (Caps and Gowns)

All participating graduates must wear academic regalia (cap and gown).

  • The deadline for reserving your cap and gown was March 31, 2017. If you missed the deadline, please visit the bookstore to pick up your cap & gown from our extra inventory. Distribution of caps & gowns begins May 1st – May 21st. During the month of May; please visit the bookstore website to see extended store hours.
  • Commencement morning: The bookstore will distribute regalia from a tent on the tennis courts, adjacent to Main Tent.

Before April 28

Ordering Tickets

This year's commencement takes place on May 21, 2017. Each eligible candidate will be able to order their commencement tickets online. If you did not file with the Office of the Registrar, you cannot get tickets. Please see Filing for Graduation for further details.

Admission to commencement is by ticket only. A ticket grants access to the commencement ceremony and the individual school events. Due to limited seating, each student receives a maximum of four guest tickets. All guests require a ticket, including children. Tickets must be presented to gain admittance. The student does not require a ticket. Additional tickets are not available.

Having a ticket does not guarantee a seat. Seating in the main tent is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once seating in the main tent is filled, all ticketed guests will be directed to overflow tents for viewing.

Each graduate must pick up his or her tickets in person, present photo identification, and sign a release that tickets were received.

The online ticketing order site is now closed. If you are a graduating student who has not yet reserved commencement tickets, please email or call 516.686.1177 for more information.

Ticket Pickup

Please keep in mind that you need to pick up tickets in person. Each graduate must present photo identification when picking up tickets, and sign a release indicating that your tickets were received. Ticket distribution dates are:

Old Westbury Campus
Thursday, May 4, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bookstore, Salten Hall
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2 – 7 p.m. Bookstore, Salten Hall
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bookstore, Salten Hall
Commencement Day 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Outdoors on the tennis courts
Manhattan Campus
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 16 W. 61st St., Room 723
Monday, May 8, 2017 2 – 7 p.m. 16 W. 61st St., 11th Floor Auditorium
Senior Portraits

Have your senior portrait taken when you pick up your commencement tickets. The photographer will provide you with regalia (cap and gown) to wear for the photo. You can also have a photo taken in your regular wardrobe.

Old Westbury

  • Thursday, May 4
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Salten Hall
  • Wednesday, May 10
    3 - 7 p.m.
    Salten Hall

If you are unable to have your photo taken on one of these days, contact Island Photography at 800.869.0908 to arrange for a photo session at their studio in Port Washington, NY.


  • Tuesday, May 2
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium
  • Monday, May 8
    2 - 7 p.m.
    16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium

If you are unable to have your photo taken on one of these days, contact Thornton Studio at 212.647.1966 to arrange for a photo session.

Class Rings, Announcements, and Frames

To purchase a class ring, announcement cards, or a diploma frame visit the Herff Jones website. For additional information, please contact 631.757.3040.

You can also purchase a class ring during the following ticket distribution days:

Old Westbury Campus
Thursday, May 4, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bookstore, Salten Hall
Manhattan Campus
Monday, May 8, 2017 2 – 7 p.m. 16 W. 61st St., 11th Floor Auditorium

Commencement Day and After

Schedule of Events
8 a.m. Parking lots open and shuttle service begins.
8:15 a.m. Students report to President’s Stadium.
8:30 a.m. Main tent opens for guest seating. Graduates line up in President's Stadium.
9 a.m. Student processional begins. Webcast begins at
11:15 a.m. Commencement ceremony ends. Graduates and guests proceed to individual school ceremonies taking place in tents near the main tent. Please look for the large color banners on each tent for your specific school:

  • College of Arts and Sciences (red)
  • School of Architecture and Design (purple)
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education (blue)
  • School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (Main Tent)
  • School of Health Professions (green)
  • School of Management (yellow)
11:30 a.m. School ceremonies begin
1:30 p.m. School ceremonies end
Directions, Parking, and Shuttle service

Directions to NYIT-Old Westbury

Because of the number of visitors, on-campus parking is limited and normal traffic patterns DO NOT apply! Upon arrival, please follow the directions of the police and the parking staff.

On-campus parking will be closed shortly after the commencement ceremony begins. Guests who arrive after campus parking lots are filled will be re-directed to the adjacent LIU Post campus on Northern Boulevard, just east of NYIT-Old Westbury, and transported via shuttle bus to the main tent. Please allow yourself extra time for delays and parking.

Shuttle Service on Campus
Shuttle service around campus, as well as from the LlU Post campus, will be available. Staff will direct graduates and guests to pick-up/drop-off locations. Some parking fields are within walking distance of the tents.

LIRR – Manhasset Train Station
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service will be available to and from the Manhasset LIRR train station. Trains arriving at the Manhasset station from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. will be met by a shuttle bus to campus. Anyone arriving after 10:30 a.m. will need to arrange for cab service. Shuttle buses will leave for the Manhasset LIRR station from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Manhasset LIRR schedule

NYIT-Manhattan Round-Trip Shuttle
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service will be available from the Manhattan campus on a first-come, first-served basis. The commencement shuttle bus reservation site is now closed. For questions, please email The shuttles will depart in front of the Edward Guiliano Global Center (located at 1855 Broadway, between 61st and 60th street) at 7 a.m. Please note: The last bus to leave from the Old Westbury campus to Manhattan after commencement will depart at 3 p.m. There may be wait times of one hour between bus departures.

Disability and special assistance

NYIT is pleased to provide assistance to guests with special needs. Commencement staff is available to direct and assist people with disabilities. Restroom facilities are located near the tents.

Shuttle service with wheelchair access is available. For those guests with disabilities, please drop off any guest requiring special assistance at the bus stop in each lot and then park your car. Upon arrival to the main tent, proceed to the Disability and Special Assistance tent where ushers will assist via golf carts. Only the person with the disability is able to ride in the cart; other guests are asked to walk.

Please plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. in order to ensure timely assistance.

  • If you are a student who has special assistance needs, please contact
  • If help is needed for hearing or visual impairment, notify us by April 21 at 516.686.1177 or
  • Due to high demand, guests will experience delays in shuttle service immediately before and after the ceremonies.
  • Guests who arrive after the campus parking lots are filled will be re-directed to LIU Post campus on Northern Boulevard just east of NYIT, and transported via shuttle bus to the main tent.
Photos During the Event

Island Photography will be taking photos of our graduates during:

  • Graduate line-up, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
  • Processional into main commencement ceremony.
  • Individual school graduation ceremonies on the stage as they receive their diploma folder.

You will be contacted by Island Photography within 48-72 hours to view or order your photos. There is absolutely no obligation to purchase. For more information, contact Island Photography at 800.869.0908.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services is here to help you. Please make an appointment to meet with a career advisor, register for a job fair, or stop by to see how we can assist you in your job search. Our services are also available to you after graduation, and we encourage you to stay in touch about the jobs you land so we can help to celebrate your success.

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