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Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Details

Commencement exercises for associate and baccalaureate degree candidates will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at Radio City Music Hall. Below is important information regarding the ceremonies and event logistics.

Ceremony Times and Arrivals

Morning Ceremony: School of Art and Design, School of Liberal Arts

  • 8:30 am: Graduates arrive
  • 9:00 am: Persons participating in the procession are scheduled to arrive at Radio City Music Hall 
  • 9:00 am: Doors open for guests
  • 10:00 am: Ceremony begins

Afternoon Ceremony: Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology

  • 1:30 pm: Graduates arrive
  • 2:00 pm: Persons participating in the procession are scheduled to arrive at Radio City Music Hall 
  • 2:00 pm: Doors open for guests
  • 3:00 pm: Ceremony begins

Platform Party Reservations

Seating on stage is limited, therefore you must reserve your place to have your name added to the platform party entrance list. Admission will not be granted if your name does not appear on the entrance list. Radio City Music Hall personnel are responsible for check in. To reserve your seat, please visit: Platform Party Reservations

The deadline to RSVP for the platform party is May 17.

Marquee Entrance

FIT students, faculty and administrators, Board of Trustees, Foundation directors, honorees, and guests will use the marquee entrance on Sixth Avenue and West 50th Street. Radio City Music Hall security personnel are responsible for check in.

Transportation

Since access to mass transit is readily available, there will be no transportation provided by FIT.

Robing Area

The Platform Party: Robing areas have been set up in the Grand Lounge for the Board of Trustees, Foundation directors, honorees and guests, administrators and faculty, and will be outfitted with tables, chairs, and mirrors. The area will be staffed by FIT personnel during the event, so personal belongings may be left there. Restrooms are nearby.

Following the recessional, the platform party will return to the robing area. Please note that administrators and faculty are responsible for returning rented regalia to Barnes & Noble at FIT.

Refreshments

A continental breakfast, located adjacent to the robing areas, will be available from 8:30–9:45 am for the platform party attending the morning event.

A buffet lunch will be provided from 12:30–1:45 pm for the platform party attending the afternoon event.

Commencement Exercises

The platform party will line up at the back of the theater and proceed to the stage. College staff will line up the platform party at approximately 9:45 am and will direct the processional to the theater by approximately 9:50 am for the morning ceremony; at 2:45 pm and 2:50 pm for the afternoon ceremony.

FIT’s Vice President for Academic Affairs guides the proceedings as “master of ceremonies” in order to ensure that the event runs smoothly. The use of large video screens and an announcer will also direct the event.

The event will be approximately two hours in length.

Proceedings

The proceedings of the event are guided by a script, which will be delivered by Friday, May 17, to all those with speaking or support roles.

Program

Programs will be available at seats on stage. 

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