Master's Ceremony

The School of Graduate Studies 2024 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony will take place on May 21, at 6 pm, in the Haft Theater on FIT′s campus. 


Please be respectful of graduates and guests. Unruly, threatening, or disorderly behavior that may disrupt the ceremony is prohibited. Any individual violating this rule will be asked to leave the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

Commencement and Hooding Ceremony

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 • 6 pm 
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater 

Download a PDF of the program

All graduating students are required to wear academic regalia.

FIT is monitored by Public Safety officers throughout campus. However, there is no storage for personal belongings at the Haft Theater. We recommend that graduates bring only their caps, gowns, hoods, and essential personal items or a small handbag that they can keep with them during the ceremony.

The following items are not permitted:

    Exceptions will be made for medical device bags and small bags no larger than 12” wide x 12” tall x 16” long. (30cm W x 30cm H x 40 cm L).
    Note: There are no bag storage facilities.
  • flags, banners, signs, or balloons
  • weapons (regardless of permit)
  • flammable materials, such as bunting, tissue paper, helium-filled balloons, crepe paper
  • lighters, matches, or other flame-making devices
  • inflatable items, such as beach balls
  • confetti
  • sealed packages of any kind
  • glass bottles or aluminum cans (exception: empty reusable water bottles that are 24 oz. or less, metal or plastic)
  • aerosol cans or noise-making devices
  • alcoholic beverages
  • video cameras or audio recording devices (exception: cellphones and SLR cameras, with lenses up to and not exceeding 300mm, with video or recording capabilities)
  • computers or laptops
  • animals (exception: service animals)
  • any materials, items, or apparel constituting unauthorized advertising or promotion
  • laser pointing devices
  • selfie sticks or other telescopic devices
  • controlled substances
  • any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by security personnel or FIT staff

Graduates are expected to arrive at 5 pm fully robed in their regalia (cap and gown) to be seated with their degree program. Students should use the marked Haft Theater entrance on West 27th Street. Please make sure all guests in your party have tickets; no one can be admitted without one.

Guests should use the Haft Theater entrance on West 27th Street. Look for balloons marking the entrance.

Doors open at 5 pm for guests. All guests need an electronic ticket to enter; tickets will be scanned at the door. 

Seating is first come, first seated, and seats may not be reserved. If all members of your party have not yet arrived, please delay entering the venue until your party is together to ensure you will all be seated together. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6 pm.

Graduates will go onto the stage with their degree progam. When their names are announced the graduates will walk towards the left side of the stage for hooding, with their hood on their right arm. The dean for the School of Graduate Studies will announce each student’s name and the department chair will place the hood on each graduate. (As they sit in the chair and face the audience, the hood is placed over the graduate’s head.)

After hooding, graduates will continue across the stage to receive a diploma cover and shake hands with the FIT president and the vice president of Academic Affairs. Before returning to their seats, graduates will have an official photo taken, a copy of which will be emailed the week after commencement.

The program will run approximately one hour long from the start of the procession.

Immediately following the ceremony, graduates will be guided to Room C205 for group photos of each degree program before joining their guests for the celebration in the Breezeway.  

There will also be a step-and-repeat, a photo booth, and a video booth in the Breezeway at the post-ceremony celebration for graduates to take their own photos and videos with their guests.

A celebration reception will follow the ceremony in the Dubinsky Student Center Lobby and FIT Dining Hall. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. The reception will last approximately one hour.

Alumni Relations will join the reception and will share information about future events and exciting networking opportunities.

Among the vendors that will also be present are FIT's Campus Store with FIT merchandise and The Commencement Group, a local floral provider, with flowers and other items available for purchase before and after the ceremony. To browse the selection and preorder, please visit

The Haft Theater is an accessible venue. Accommodation requests for graduates and their guests may be directed to the Office of Disability Support Services (FIT-ABLE). Attendees with special needs (wheelchair assistance, FM systems, etc.) may submit their request via the Request for Accommodations at Commencement form. The ceremony will feature an ASL sign language interpreter. Closed captioning of the ceremony can be accessed by selecting the captioning option on the commencement livestream, which will be available at and on Vimeo.

Graduates, please remember at this event you will be held to the same expectations and standards outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. Any individuals who violate these policies will be asked to leave the ceremony.

Also note that the ceremony is a smoke-free event covered under FIT's Tobacco-Free Campus policy

Frequently Asked Questions about the Master's Ceremony


Venue: Haft Theater at FIT

The School of Graduate Studies Commencement and Hooding Ceremony will be held in the Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater, on FIT's campus at 227 West 27th Street in Manhattan. 

The Haft Theater is located mid-block on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, just to the right of the Feldman Center entrance. 

Mobility concerns: Outdoors, the Haft Theater is accessible by a ramp to the west of the Feldman Center and indoors by using elevators within Feldman. 

Visit our Getting to FIT page for information on how to reach the campus by car, air, or mass transit, and for local hotels. 

Getting to FIT 

Commencement 2024 Communications Archive—(School of Graduate Studies)

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This page last updated: May 21, 2024.