Commencement

Cooper Union's Spring 2017 Commencement will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Further details will be released during the Spring 2017 semester. In the meantime, please read through the information listed below.

Investigative Journalist Sacha Pfeiffer Will Deliver 2017 Commencement Address.

A list of recent commencement speakers is available here.

For those attending commencement, please see our separate pages for directions, hotel accommodations (including discounted rates), dining reservations and parking

For the schedule of events, please see the schedule page.

For general information, please read the frequently asked questions page.

For background information, please see the commencement traditions page.

Please continue to periodically check this page for updates and new information.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.