All You Need to Know About 2013 Commencement

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Graduation is almost here—the day you’ve all been waiting for. All of you graduating seniors have worked hard and earned your degrees. Now it’s time to celebrate your achievements! This year’s commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19th. Listed below is all the important information you and your family should know before the big day arrives.



  • Each graduate will receive a maximum of four guest tickets. Students who have been approved to graduate will be able to go online and order their tickets.
  • The graduate does not need a ticket. All guests that require a seat will need a ticket, including children. All guests must present their ticket at the gate to gain admittance.
  • Seating in the main tent is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the seating of the main tent is filled, all ticketed guests will be seated at the overflow tents for viewing.
  • All students who plan to attend Commencement can order and reserve tickets online. Students will have until Friday, May 10 2013 to do so.
  • Once you reserve your tickets online, you will select one of the several ticket pick up dates. If you are unable to attend the date that you have selected, you can attend any of the dates that follow.
  • When picking up your tickets, you will be able to have a portrait taken, order a class ring and order a commencement DVD.
  • For dates on when to pick up tickets, visit:


Gown Purchase

  • All participating graduates must wear the academic regalia (cap and gown) during the ceremony, which can be ordered online at
  • Cap and gowns will be distributed through Saturday, May 18 in the NYIT Bookstore. Be sure to have your order confirmation with you when you pick up your regalia.
  • Commencement morning: The Old Westbury campus Bookstore will distribute regalia from a tent in the tennis courts, adjacent to the Main Tent (if you haven’t done so already).



Schedule for The Day                

8 a.m.                                      Parking lots open and shuttle service begins

– Main tent opens for seating

– Graduates line-up on President’s Field

8:30 a.m.                                 Main tent opens for seating

9 a.m.                          Web cast link activated at

9:15 a.m.                     All guests seated

9:30 a.m.                                 Commencement ceremony begins

11:15 a.m.                              Commencement ceremony ends

11:30 a.m.                              School Graduation ceremonies begin

1:30 p.m.                                School Graduation ceremonies end



  • On the day of Commencement, on-campus parking will be limited and normal traffic patterns will not apply. Upon arrival to campus, directions of the Old Brookville police and the parking staff should be followed.
  • On campus parking will be closed shortly after the ceremony begins. Guests who arrive after the campus parking lots are full will be directed to the Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus, and will be transported by a shuttle bus to the main tent.
  • Please allow yourself extra time for traffic delays and parking.



  • Graduates should arrive on campus fully roped by 8:00am and report to President’s Field for assembly. Graduates will be escorted into the Main Tent at 8:30 a.m. and will sit together via school.
  • Anyone who arrives past 8:30 a.m. needs to report straight to the back of the main tent.
  • Upon completion of the university-wide main commencement, graduates and guests will immediately proceed to school graduation tents for school line-up and processional.


The School Graduations take place in separate tents. Graduates should look for the large color banners on each tent for your specific school.

College of Arts and Science (Main tent)

School of Architecture and Design (Purple banner)

School of Education (Riland Auditorium)

School of Engineering and Computing Science (Orange banner)

School of Health Professions (Green banner)

School of Management (Yellow banner)


Student Speaker

Thulani Ngazimbi, M.S. in energy management and serves as graduate director of the Community Service Center at NYIT-Old Westbury.


Student Marshals

  • Shanice Doyle, B.S. in biomedical engineering
  • Iro Pantazi-Mytarelli, M.S. in computer science


National Anthem Singer

Jillian Scambia, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


Honorary Degree Recipients


  • Ernie Anastos- New York Emmy Award-Winning TV News Anchor, currently employed at WNYW, Doctor of Humane Letters
    • ·         Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., FACP- Chief Medical/Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society and Professor, Emory University
      Doctor of Science
    • ·         Peter A. Ferentinos- CEO, Qualco Inc. Doctor of Commercial Science
    • Yang Zhen, Ph.D.- Professor and President, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) Doctor of Science

For all other information in regards to graduation and graduation day, visit:

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