Prepare for Graduation

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To prepare for graduation, you should do the following: 

  • Choose Which Ceremony You Wish to Attend and RSVP for Tickets
    Five separate in-person commencement ceremonies will be held over two days—May 24 and 25. Each graduate is entitled to four (4) guest tickets plus one (1) for themselves. Check out full details and RSVP below.

  • Schedule Your Commencement Portrait
    You may schedule a commencement portrait session online with Thornton Studios or by calling (212) 647-1966. Please use code: studio.

  • Learn About Your Diploma
    Review information about receiving your diploma.

  • Explore Local Accomodations for Any Visiting Guests
    Visit our Getting to FIT page for a list of hotels near campus if overnight accommodations are needed for friends or family who plan to celebrate your graduation with you.  


Academic Regalia (Cap and Gown)

Academic attire—the traditional cap, gown, and tassel—is required for all students participating in commencement exercises. ALL graduates are required to purchase academic attire.

If you ordered your cap and gown and you plan to pick it up at Barnes & Noble on campus,

  • Pickup at the Barnes & Noble at FIT will begin on May 12. 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

If you missed the deadline to order your cap and gown:

  • Regalia may be purchased directly from Barnes & Noble at FIT by contacting [email protected] or by stopping by the bookstore during cap and gown pickup days: May 12 and 13, 16–19 (store hours listed above).
  • Barnes & Noble will be at Central Park on the dates of the ceremonies and you will be able to purchase regalia on site. 
  • The cost of an associate's or bachelor's degree cap, gown, and tassel is $50.98, plus shipping and handling. The standard domestic shipping charge for each order is $7.95; international shipping is $29.95.

All academic attire is made from sustainable materials, supporting the continued efforts of FIT in environmental sustainability. 

Your Ticket and Guest Tickets

Five separate in-person commencement ceremonies will be held over two days—Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 and 25. Each ceremony is expected to last approximately 90 minutes and will include some of FIT’s commencement traditions, including your walk across the stage. All ceremonies will be similar in capacity, programming, and length.

Graduates who order their cap and gown and submit their reservation are entitled to four (4) guest tickets plus one (1) for their own entrance. By completing the reservation form below, each graduate secures their own participation in the ceremony. Space at each ceremony will be limited, so you will need to RSVP as soon as possible to confirm your tickets for your preferred ceremony, date, and time. “See Tickets” will email your electronic tickets to your FIT email address one week prior to the ceremony you select. All guests age 2 and up require a ticket for admission. 

All ceremonies will be livestreamed for family and friends to view.

RSVP for Tickets

Transfer of tickets is not allowed for any event.

Statement on Sale and Misuse of Commencement Tickets

FIT prohibits the sale or purchase of commencement tickets and the posting of advertisements offering tickets for sale or requesting tickets for purchase. FIT also prohibits the duplication of tickets as well as the production and use of counterfeit tickets. Any student who the college has reason to believe is selling tickets, has purchased tickets, has posted an advertisement offering to buy or sell tickets, or who is found to have produced or attempted to use a duplicated or counterfeit ticket will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. Penalties may include denial of permission to participate in commencement. Any guest found to be using such tickets will be refused admission to the ceremony. Please contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


Students may schedule a commencement portrait session online with Thornton Studios or by calling (212) 647-1966. FIT's school code is 02866. 

Ceremony Photos

Island Photography will provide professional photo coverage during the event. They will be taking portraits of all graduates who attend the commencement ceremonies and will capture all students twice.

In addition to having the option to purchase photo packages from Island, graduates can also order a complimentary 5x7 photo as a gift from FIT. Island will contact graduates via text and email within two to three days after the event, students will receive a link and PIN by email with instructions to view and order photos. There is no obligation to purchase. Additionally, within five days after the ceremony, students will receive complimentary hard copy proofs and an order form from Island Photography via U.S. mail.   

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