NYIT’s 58th Annual Commencement begins at 9 a.m. on May 19, 2019 with the college-wide Commencement Ceremony (approximately two hours) in the Main Tent. This is followed by individual school ceremonies where graduates are individually recognized (except the College of Osteopathic Medicine Hooding, which is held on May 20).

Admission to commencement is by ticket only. A ticket grants access to the commencement ceremony. Each student receives a maximum of four tickets. All guests require a ticket, including children. The graduating student does not require a ticket. Tickets must be presented to gain admittance. Additional tickets are not available.

Having a ticket does not guarantee a seat. Seating in 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 an overflow tent for viewing. Tent opens at 8:30 a.m.

Contact us with any questions at 516.686.1177 or

Hotel Accommodations

Some area hotels/motels offer special rates for NYIT commencement guests.

NYIT advises booking accommodations early on as there will be a PGA Tournament the week leading up to Commencement in Nassau County.

Long Island

Andrew Hotel
75 North Station Plaza
Great Neck, NY 11021

Best Western Woodbury Inn
7940 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797-1204

East Norwich Inn
6321 Northern Blvd.
East Norwich, NY 11732

Comfort Inn Syosset
24 Oak Drive (at Jericho Turnpike)
Syosset, NY 11791

Courtyard by Marriott Westbury Long Island
1800 Privado Road
Westbury, NY 11590

Four Points by Sheraton Plainview
333 South Service Road
Plainview, NY 11803

Garden City Hotel
45 Seventh Street
Garden City, NY 11530
516.747.3000 or 800.547.0400

Hampton Inn Jericho-Westbury
120 Jericho Turnpike
Jericho, NY 11753

Hilton Garden Inn
1575 Privado Road
Westbury, NY 11590

Holiday Inn Westbury
369 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514

Homewood Suites by Hilton
1585 Round Swamp Road
Plainview, NY 11803
516.293.4663 or 800.644.6835

Melville Marriott
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
631.423.1600 or 800.228.9290

Red Roof Inn
699 Dibblee Drive
Westbury, NY 11590
516.794.2555 or 800.733.7663

The Roslyn Hotel
1221 Old Northern Blvd.
Roslyn, NY 11576

Viana Hotel and Spa
3998 Brush Hollow Road
Westbury, NY 11590

New York City

NYIT’s New York City Campus is within walking distance of the hotels listed. Graduates can request complimentary round-trip shuttle service from the New York City campus.

6 Columbus
6 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

The Empire Hotel
44 W. 63rd St.
New York, NY 10023

The Hudson Hotel
358 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

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

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 February 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
  • If help is needed for hearing or visual impairment, notify us by April 30 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.

Food And Beverages

Food and beverages will be available for purchase outside on the tennis courts.