Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I order my cap and gown?
Cap and gown orders are now closed.

How many guest tickets do I receive? Where do I get them?
Each student may have up to two guests. These are not transferable. There are no tickets. You must have already registered your guests for them to be admitted. Guest registration is now closed.

Will participants need to be tested for COVID-19?
Yes. Participants and guests must show negative results of a test. See the commencement page for more details.

When do I receive my diploma?
Diplomas for the class of 2021 will be distributed to in-person graduates in the Colonnade as they exit the Great Hall. Other graduates will receive their diplomas by mail based on the address in their student portal. Please ensure this address is correct.

When is the commencement rehearsal?
There will be no rehearsal for the 2021 Commencement ceremony

When do the doors open for the ceremony?
See the schedule. You may only attend at the time of your school / major.

Is the commencement ceremony webcast?
Yes. Please visit the main commencement page after 5pm on Tuesday, May 25 to find the links to the live webcast that begins approximately 10am.

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

Where can I stay near The Cooper Union?
You can find a list of nearby accommodations 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.

Where can I park near The Cooper Union?
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.

How long is the Commencement ceremony?
The commencement ceremony is scheduled according to school / major.

What happens if it rains?
The ceremony takes place rain or shine. There is currently scaffolding around the Foundation Building that offers protection from rain.

  • 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.