Commencement Schedule


Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 27th

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

1:00 p.m. -- Class of 2014 Pre-Commencement Senior Class Lunch
The Foundation Building

Ceremony: Wednesday, May 28th

8:00 - 9:45 a.m. -- All-college student/parent pre-commencement breakfast
Alumni Roof Terrace (space permitting) & 41 Cooper Square LL1

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

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

  • Architecture graduates and families should proceed to the third Floor of The Foundation Building.
  • Art graduates and families should proceed to the seventh and eighth floors of The Foundation Building.
  • Engineering gradates and families should proceed to 41 Cooper Square, to lower level one and The Alumni Roof Terrace.

3:00 p.m. -- Return Robes
Room 105, 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.