Undergraduate Ceremonies: Faculty and Administrator Information

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Below is important information regarding commencement ceremonies and event logistics.

Ceremony Times and Arrivals

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 

First Ceremony: 

  • 9 am: Graduates arrive
  • 9 am: Participants in the procession are scheduled to arrive
  • 9 am: Doors open for guests
  • 10 am: Ceremony begins

Second Ceremony: 

  • Noon: Graduates arrive
  • Noon: Participants in the procession are scheduled to arrive 
  • Noon: Doors open for guests
  • 1 pm: Ceremony begins

Third Ceremony: 

  • 3 pm: Graduates arrive
  • 3 pm: Participants in the procession are scheduled to arrive 
  • 3 pm: Doors open for guests
  • 4 pm: Ceremony begins

Wednesday, May 25

First Ceremony: 

  • 9 am: Graduates arrive
  • 9 am: Participants in the procession are scheduled to arrive
  • 9 am: Doors open for guests
  • 10 am: Ceremony begins

Second Ceremony: 

  • Noon: Graduates arrive
  • Noon: Participants in the procession are scheduled to arrive 
  • Noon: Doors open for guests
  • 1 pm: Ceremony begins

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia—the traditional cap, gown, and tassel—is required attire for everyone participating in commencement exercises. 

Faculty and administrators who ordered their attire in April may pick it up between May 12 and 19 at Barnes & Noble at FIT. Find the full schedule below:

Thursday, May 12: 10 am–7 pm
Friday, May 13: 10 am–3 pm
Monday, May 16: 10 am–5 pm
Tuesday, May 17: 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday, May 18: 10 am–5 pm
Thursday, May 19: 10 am–7 pm

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.

RSVP for the Platform Party

The deadline to RSVP for the platform party is May 9.

Transportation

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

Venue Entrance

On commencement day, enter the park at East 69th Street and Fifth Avenue—the main entrance for the event. Proceed straight to East Drive, go across East Drive, and turn right up the path to the Mother Goose statue with benches encircling it. The path will lead you to Rumsey Playfield. It is approximately a four-minute walk from Fifth Avenue. Proceed to the backstage entrance where the Rumsey Playfield personnel responsible for check-in will direct you.

Getting to Rumsey Playfield

Robing Area

The platform party robing area has been set behind the stage 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 table with light refreshments, located adjacent to the robing area, will be available to platform party members throughout the events.

Commencement Exercises

The platform party will line up backstage near the robing rooms and proceed to the stage. College staff will line be available to direct and line up the platform party at approximately 15 minutes before each ceremony and will direct the processional by approximately 9:45 am for the 10 am ceremony; 12:45 pm for the 1 pm ceremony; and 3:45 pm for the 4 pm ceremony.

An announcer and video screens will also be available to direct the event.

Each event will be approximately 90 minutes in length

Proceedings

The proceedings of the event are guided by a script, which will be delivered by Friday, May 20, to all those with speaking or support roles.

Program

Programs will be available at seats on the stage. 


Note: At this time, graduates and their guests will not be required to provide proof of vaccination or to wear masks to attend the commencement ceremonies. However, these conditions are subject to change should federal, New York State, New York City, or venue guidelines change due to the pandemic.

Further details will be posted when available. This page last updated: May 9, 2022.