Commencement Schedule


Rehearsal: Monday, May 22nd

10:00 a.m. -- Student Line Up
2nd Floor Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street

10:15 a.m. -- Rehearsal March

10:30 a.m. -- Commencement Rehearsal (MUST ATTEND IF MARCHING AT GRADUATION)
The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street

Ceremony: Tuesday, May 23rd

8:00 - 9:45 a.m. -- Breakfast
LL101,41 Cooper Square

10:00 a.m. -- Student Line Up
2nd Floor Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street

10:15 a.m. -- Commencement March

10:30 a.m. -- Commencement Ceremony
The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street

Lunch 12:30 - 3:00pm
LL101, 41 Cooper Square
Main Lobby, The Foundation Building
2nd Floor Lobby, The Foundation Building*

*Weather permitting: 2nd Floor Lobby Lunch moved outdoors to Cooper Square Park

1:00 p.m. -- Celebration following ceremony

3:00 p.m. -- Return Robes
Room 106, 41 Cooper Square

  • 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.