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Commencement Rehearsal
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Uris Auditorium
(All are expected to attend- Deans will be reading graduating names)

Graduate School Convocation Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Uris Auditorium

MD Convocation Award Ceremony
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Uris Auditorium
(Recipients will be notify in early May)

Weill Cornell Medicine Commencement
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Carnegie Hall -881 7th Avenue
(Please arrive no later than 10:15am)

Day of Commencement:

You should plan to arrive at Carnegie Hall no later than 10:15 am.  Please allow yourself ample time to travel to Carnegie Hall as it is in a congested area. Students should enter via the Stage Door, 161 West 56th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue.  If you are not on the procession line by 11:30 am, you will not be allowed to march.  There will be no place in the Orchestra Room to leave personal items.  Please leave your jackets/sweaters, purses, flowers, cameras - any other personal items with your guests.

Room Locations:

MD Students: TBA
PhD/ MS / PA Students: TBA


You will be allowed to take pictures outside after the ceremony, but you must return the cap, gown, and hood inside Carnegie Hall.  After the ceremony ends, you will have 30 minutes to take pictures with your guests and return all academic regalia in the classroom where you lined up.  Once you receive a ticket you will be able to receive your diploma at the Hilton, where the reception will be held. If you do not return your regalia you will not receive your diploma.

Pictures will be taken when you receive your diploma from LifeTouch to purchase.  Please see pictures from last years commencement:

Diplomas for August and January graduates of the Graduate School have already been distributed; if you did not receive your diploma, please contact the Office of the Registrar. Diplomas for May graduates will be distributed at the Hilton reception that follows commencement. All graduates will receive empty envelopes on stage at Carnegie Hall.

Financial Aid: 
Students who have borrowed federal loan funds must complete Exit Counseling online at WCMC loan Exit Counseling must be completed online at If you would like to make an appointment for loan counseling with Alicia Stewart, Director of Financial Aid, or Becky Hertig, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office 212-746-1065.

Hotel Room Block:

We are pleased that once again we will be able to offer a discounted block of Hotel rooms for the 2018 Commencement. If you need accommodations please use the link below to make reservations:

Link: TBA

Commencement Reception:

Family and guests are welcome to the reception.  Tickets are not needed for the reception.  Finger food, cookies, and soft drinks will be provided at the reception. 
New York Hilton- 1335 Avenue of Americas.




How long is the ceremony?
The length of the ceremony can vary, but it is generally about two and a half (2.5) hours in length.

When will I get my diploma?
As diplomas are not distributed during Commencement, they may be picked up at the Commencement Reception at the Hilton New York. For additional information, please reach out to the Registrar Office.

Where is Carnegie Hall?
881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Is there reserved seating?
There is no reserved seating.

Are there any other events happening in addition to the Commencement ceremony?
Yes, the Commencement Reception will be held after Commencement at The New York Hilton at 1335 Avenue of Americas starting at 2:15 pm.

Does my child need a ticket?
Yes, children can attend the ceremony and require a ticket, regardless of age. 

If I am graduating and participation in the ceremony, do I have to wear a cap and gown?
Yes, all participating students and faculty must be robed.

As a graduate, how many invitations and tickets will I receive?The Education Events office will notify the class of 2018 at the end of Feb 2018

As a graduate, do I go up on stage during the ceremony?
Yes, each candidate will go up on stage after their name is announced to meet with the President and Dean.

If I am graduating and participating in the ceremony, will I need a ticket? No. You will enter at the Stage Door Entrance (161 West 56th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue).  Security personnel will have a list of names at the stage door and will ask you to identify yourself.

Where does faculty pick up their regalia? You will be picking up your regalia at Carnegie Hall the morning of Commencement in The Citigroup Café.

Who may I contact for additional Commencement information? 
Please continue to look at the Commencement page for updated information. If you are still having trouble locating the information you need, please email the Education Events Office at or stop at the office in Olin Hall Room 231.



Directions to Carnegie Hall:

A, B, C, D, or 1 to Columbus Circle
N, Q, R, or W to 57 St./Seventh Avenue
E to Seventh Avenue

By Bus:
M5, M7, M10, M20, M31, M57, and M104 stop nearby.

Nearby Parking

GGMC Carnegie Mews
211 West 56th Street | 212-247-8254

Garage Management Company
West 56th Street (Enter on 56th between 6th and 7th Avenues) | 212-265-0841

Maestro Parking (Icon)
888 Seventh Avenue | 212-586-3665


Timeline for Commencement Day: 

10:15 am: All students arrive to Carnegie Hall 
11:30 am: Doors open for Special Needs and Handicap seating
11:40 am: Doors open for General seating
12:00 pm: Commencement Ceremony starts
2:00 pm: Ceremony concludes
2:00-4:00 pm: Commencement Reception

Contact Information

Education Events Office

445 East 69th Street
Olin Hall Room 231
New York, New York 10021 Phone: (212)-746-5397