Pratt's 2015 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2015. Please note that there will be TWO ceremonies this year: a 10 AM ceremony for graduate degree recipients, and a 2 PM ceremony for undergraduate degree recipients.

Both ceremonies will be held in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The Initial Student information packet is available as a PDF. This packet was also mailed to students’ local addresses.

Remember: Graduation and Commencement are separate events. You must complete your graduation application in order to graduate.

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Commencement and Graduation are separate events. Participation in the Commencement Ceremony does NOT mean you have graduated. Commencement exercises are ceremonial and symbolic. Your participation in the Commencement Ceremony should not be confused with your actual graduation from the Institute. Students do not officially graduate from Pratt Institute until they have applied for graduation and completed all degree requirements as defined in their degree audit. They must remain in good academic standing. Students with a hold on their record will graduate but they may not be eligible to receive their diploma until all holds have been resolved.

Questions? Call us at 718.636.3663, email us at, or stop by the Registrar's Office–Myrtle Hall.

Quick Answer Guide

Who can participate in the May 2015 ceremony?

The students who graduated at the end of the Summer semester 2014, Fall semester 2014, and students who are candidates for graduation at the end of Spring semester 2015 are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony held on May 15, 2015.

Students who will complete their requirements in Summer 2015 or Fall 2015, but who want to walk in the 2015 Ceremony rather than wait for their proper 2016 Ceremony, may fill out a Permission to Walk form. Students must have 12 credits or fewer left at the end of Spring 2015 semester to be eligible to walk early. The deadline to turn in Permission to Walk forms is March 2, 2015.

Where is the ceremony?

The Theater at Madison Square Garden. 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York NY 10001 (please note this is the Theater, not the Arena).

What time is the ceremony?

Recipients of graduate degrees will participate in the morning ceremony at 10 AM. Recipients of undergraduate degrees will participate in the afternoon ceremony at 2 PM.

How will I get in? Do I need a ticket?

If you are walking in the ceremony, you do not need a ticket. You MUST BE WEARING your cap and gown.

What about tickets for my guests?

All guests are required to have a ticket (including infants) to enter the venue. All students participating in May Commencement may pick up four guest tickets at the graduation fair.

Are there accommodations for guests with disabilities?

Yes! Please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) immediately if one of your invited guests requires special seating for Commencement. This includes deaf individuals, those with mobility disabilities, and wheelchair or motorized scooter users. Seating will be reserved for the individual and for one person serving as their assistant while your other guests will be seated in the general seating areas. The DRC may be reached at 718.802.3123 to add your guests’ names to the list and for further information. The deadline to notify the DRC about special accomodations is Friday, May 8, 2015.

What is my check-out date if I'm living on campus?

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at noon (12 PM).