Graduating Students

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating with you at NYIT’s 58th Annual Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Commencement will be held at NYIT’s Long Island Campus (Old Westbury, N.Y.).

Important 2019 Commencement Deadlines:


  • Register to graduate by: February 15
  • Apply to be this year’s Student Speaker or Student Singer by: March 1
  • Reserve regalia by: March 29
  • Reserve tickets by: April 30

Before February 15

Register to Graduate

Each graduate who has been approved to graduate by the Office of the Registrar will be able to order their commencement tickets online. If you did not file with the registrar, you cannot get tickets. Please see Applying for Graduation for further details.


Before March 1

Enter the student speaker contest

We are looking for an outstanding student speaker (or two!) who can best represent NYIT students’ experiences at the 2019 commencement ceremony. The student speaker(s) may be undergraduate or graduate. This is a great honor and an opportunity to share your story and represent your class by reflecting on the educational experiences you’ve shared.

The Student Speaker receives:

  • Invitation to the commencement VIP breakfast for yourself and two guests
  • Four tickets to the VIP seating section (in addition to four general seating tickets) for the main ceremony
  • VIP parking at NYIT-Long Island campus on commencement day
  • Platform party processional and seating
  • Recognition in commencement program

Learn more and apply to be this year’s student speaker

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday March 1, 2019.


Enter the national anthem singer contest

Interested in singing the National Anthem at this year’s commencement?

Please email commencement@nyit.edu with your name and contact information. NYIT’s Office of Strategic Communications & External Affairs will contact you to schedule an audition. Auditions will be held in March.

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday March 1, 2019.


Before March 29

Academic Regalia (Caps and Gowns)

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

Caps and gowns for all students will be distributed at the bookstores in NYIT-Old Westbury and NYIT-Manhattan starting on Wednesday, May 1. On commencement morning, the bookstore will distribute regalia at a tent near the main tent.

More information on how to reserve your regalia will be posted in January 2019.


Before April 30

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 comm2019@nyit.edu.


Ordering Tickets

Each eligible candidate for graduation will be able to order commencement tickets online. If you did not file with the Office of the Registrar, you cannot reserve 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 individual school events. Due to limited seating, each student receives a maximum of four guest tickets. All guests, including children, require a ticket. The graduating student does not require a ticket. Additional tickets are not available.

Seating in the main tent is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once seating in the main tent is filled, ticketed guests will be directed to an overflow tent for viewing.

All students who plan to attend commencement must order and reserve tickets online, beginning Monday, January 21, 2019 at noon through Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Ticket distribution dates will be posted in January 2019.


May

Senior Portraits

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

More information about Senior Portraits will be posted in January 2019.


Class Rings, Announcements, and Frames

More information on ordering class rings, announcements, and frames will be posted in January 2019.


Commencement Day

Schedule of Events

8 a.m.

Parking lots open and shuttle service begins.

8:30 a.m.

Main tent opens for guest seating. Graduates line up in President's Stadium.

9 a.m.

Student processional begins.

9:30 a.m.

Webcast begins at nyit.edu/commencement

10 a.m.

Commencement ceremony begins

11:15 a.m.

Commencement ceremony ends. Graduates and guests proceed to individual school ceremonies taking place in tents near the main tent.

11:30 a.m.

School ceremonies begin

1:30 p.m.

School ceremonies end


Directions, Parking, and Shuttle service

Directions to NYIT-Long Island (Old Westbury) Campus

  • Traffic
    On-campus parking is expected to be limited on commencement day, and normal traffic patterns do not apply! Upon arrival, please follow the directions of the police and parking staff.

  • Parking
    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, and transported via shuttle bus to the main tent. Please allow yourself extra time for delays and parking.

  • Shuttle Service on Campus
    Shuttle service on campus, as well as from the LlU Post campus parking lot, 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.

  • Manhasset LIRR 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-New York City (Manhattan) Round-Trip Shuttle
    Complimentary round-trip shuttle service will be available from the New York City campus on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates are allowed to reserve a total of five seats. Space is limited.

    More information on how to reserve your shuttle bus tickets will be posted in January 2019.



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. 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 note, there is a limited amount of golf carts, and we will try to assist everyone as efficiently as possible.

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 commencement@nyit.edu.
  • If help is needed for hearing or visual impairment, notify us by April 30 at 516.686.1177 or commencement@nyit.edu.
  • 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 8:30 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 to 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.


NYITCOM Commencement & Hooding Ceremony

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine’s combined Commencement and Hooding Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 20, 2019 at LIU Tilles Center of Performing Arts, from 5 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m. Student arrival time is 3 p.m.

LIU Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd.
Greenvale, NY 11548

  • Tickets
    Each graduate will receive 6 guest tickets. A ticket must be presented by each guest to gain admittance to the ceremony. The graduate does not require a ticket. Guest hooders require a ticket.

  • General Seating
    Doors will open to guests at approximately 4:15 p.m. Ushers will seat ticket-holding guests on first-come, first-served basis. Guests are not permitted backstage, on stage, or to stand in the aisles at any time/for any reason during the processional and ceremony.

  • Handicap Seating
    Handicapped seating will be available.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services is available to help you now and in the future. Please make an appointment to meet with a career advisor, register for a job fair, or stop by our offices 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.


NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change.