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Commencement Day Tips

Please do not call Arthur Ashe Stadium for information. If you have any additional questions, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at or 212 217.3800.

To help ensure a pleasant experience for all attendees, FIT is pleased to provide information regarding access, logistics, and general instructions for the 2017 Commencement Ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium. We congratulate the Class of 2017, and wish the graduates and their guests a happy and memorable day!

Arrival Time

Graduating students may arrive as early as 9 am and must be ready to line up by 10 am. Please use the South Gate Entrance at Arthur Ashe Stadium and follow the signs to the student lineup area for marching instructions. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 am.

Guest Arrival and Seating Information

Doors open for guests with admission tickets at 9:30 am. Tickets will be collected at the door. Please make sure all guests in your party have tickets, since no one will be admitted without one. (All information about commencement tickets can be found on the Tickets page.)

Seating is first come, first served, and seats may not be reserved. If all members of your party have not yet arrived, please delay entering the stadium until your party is together to ensure you will all be seated together.  Follow signs to the South Gate Entrance at Arthur Ashe Stadium. All guests must enter through this entrance. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 am.

Event Etiquette

Commencement is an occasion to honor and reflect on the accomplishments of our students. It is also a time for family and friends to celebrate their graduates. Please be respectful of the importance of this ceremony and remain in your seats until the exercises close with the recession of the platform party.


All events held at Arthur Ashe Stadium are required to comply with the venue’s security regulations.

Novelties (such as balloons) are not allowed in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Please be sure that each guest has a ticket. Tickets will be collected at the door, and no guest will be admitted without one. Children under 2 years of age do not require a ticket. 

As per stadium regulations, bags are subject to search; please do not bring large bags or backpacks. Please note: There is no storage for personal belongings. We recommend that graduates bring only their caps, gowns, and essential personal items or a small handbag that they can keep with them during the ceremony.


All graduates are required to wear academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel). We strongly suggest wearing comfortable shoes, since commencement often involves a good deal of standing and walking for both guests and graduates.

Accessibility and Special Accommodations

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is accessible. Accessible vertical access is provided via ramps and elevators, with escalators offering additional convenience for ambulatory guests. For more information, or if students or guests have any special needs, please contact Disability Services at 212 217.4090. Accessible seating is available for an individual needing accommodations plus one additional member of their party.

Disability Drop Off

Vehicles with ADA stickers or license plates may use the VIP Lot to drop off a guest or student in need of accommodations. Please note the vehicle will not be allowed to stay in the VIP Lot, which is for drop-off purposes only. ADA identification on the vehicle is required.

Shuttle Service from Parking Lot

Shuttle service is being offered to guests unable to make the 10-15 minute walk from the parking lot to the stadium.

Speech-to-Text for Hearing Impaired Guests 

To access speech-to-text on your web-enabled device, follow these directions to log on to Arthur Ashe Stadium Wi-Fi and access the service:

  1. USOPENWIFI (once connected, agree to the terms and service) or USOpen-Access (once connected, agree to the terms and service)
  2. Open a web browser on your device (Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, etc.)
  3. Enter any of the following URLs in the web browser bar:

    You can change the size of font as well as the color of the font and the background screen. Simply click on the boxes that say “White,” “Sans,” and “20” to make any changes.

iPads on Loan

There will be a limited number of iPads available to loan on a first-come, first-served basis to access speech-to-text. Stop by the information table located inside the main entrance with your driver’s license to exchange for the device.

Commencement Live Stream

FIT Commencement 2017 will be live streamed on this website and can be viewed from any location with internet access.

Arthur Ashe Stadium Wi-Fi Access

USOPENWIFI   (once connected, agree to the terms and service)
USOpen-Access   (once connected, agree to the terms and service)


Students should plan to meet their families and guests on the plaza outside the stadium at the conclusion of the ceremony.