Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I order my cap and gown?
How many guest tickets do I receive? Where do I get them?
When do I receive my diploma?
When is the commencement rehearsal?
When do the doors open for the ceremony?
Is the commencement ceremony videotaped? Are copies available?
Is the commencement ceremony webcast?
How do I get to The Cooper Union?
Where can I stay near The Cooper Union?
Where can I park near The Cooper Union?
How long is the commencement ceremony?
What happens if it rains?


Q: How do I order my cap and gown?
A: Students should go to https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/index.cfm to register for their cap and gown.

Q: How many guest tickets do I receive? Where do I get them?
A: Guests must have tickets to enter the Great Hall for the commencement exercises. During commencement rehearsal, each graduate is given three tickets to distribute to his or her guests. Tickets are not required to attend the receptions in honor of the graduating class.

Q: When do I receive my diploma?
A: Diplomas are presented to the graduates during the commencement ceremony. Students who do not plan to attend the commencement ceremony may make arrangements with the Office of Admissions and Records, 30 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, NY, NY 10003 to pick up their diplomas or have the diploma mailed to them.

Q: When is the commencement rehearsal?
A: Commencement rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the Great Hall. Guest tickets, final transcripts, and caps and gowns will be distributed during this rehearsal, at which student attendance is mandatory. Candidates should line up at 10:00 AM on the second floor in the Foundation Building. Rehearsal will begin in the Great Hall at 10:30 AM.

Q: When do the doors open for the ceremony?
A: The Great Hall opens at 9:15 a.m.

Q: Is the commencement ceremony videotaped? Are copies available?
A: You may order a DVD of the entire commencement ceremony from Paul Tummolo, Director of Audio-Visual Resources, by calling 212-353-4264 or sending him a an email or a letter (Computer Center Room 811, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY, 10003). Each DVD costs $40 including shipping, payable by a check made out to The Cooper Union.

Q: Is the commencement ceremony webcast?
A: Yes, the ceremony will be webcast. Please visit the main commencement page at the time of the ceremony (10:30 AM, May 28, 2014) to view the live webcast from your browser.

Q: How do I get to The Cooper Union?
A: You can find campus addresses and travel information here.

Q: Where can I stay near The Cooper Union?
A: You can find a list of nearby accomodations here. Please note that graduation season is a very busy time for visitors to New York City. You are advised to reserve rooms as far in advance as possible.

Q: Where can I park near The Cooper Union?
A: You can find a list of nearby parking here. Please note that graduation season is a very busy time for visitors to New York City. You are advised to reserve rooms as far in advance as possible.

Q: How long is the Commencement ceremony?
A: The commencement ceremony generally lasts from 90-120 minutes, depending on how many graduates are present to receive their diplomas.

Q: What happens if it rains?
A: In case of inclement weather, the procession of the graduates is shortened so that they do not circle the Foundation building. The post-commencement reception is moved indoors but otherwise the ceremony proceeds as usual.

  • 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.