What’s Happening Commencement Week?

May 19 2018
Written by NYU Shanghai

You’ve got the gown, practiced your cap toss and are ready for the big day, but there’s more to graduation week than picking up your diploma.

Whether you are one of our graduating students, family, friend or faculty member, here are the events and activities taking place this week as we countdown to graduation on May 23.



Deans’ Morning Tea

The Division Deans’ of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Computer Science & Engineering, along with NYU Shanghai’s faculty, cordially invite graduating students and families to join to a morning tea in celebration of the achievements of the graduating Class of 2018.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 22, between 10.30am and 12 noon

Location: Campus, nearest station: Century Avenue
Arts & Sciences: IMA Quad on 8F, 11F & 12F
Business: 1505
Engineering & Computer Science: Room 712
Chinese Language Program, Writing and EAP: Room 1100


“Made in Shanghai” Graduation Performance and Lighting of The Pearl Tower

Join the Class of 2018 at the Oriental Pearl Tower for an evening of performances by members of the senior class and NYU Shanghai Alumni. The event will culminate in the lighting of the Pearl Tower violet in honor of NYU Shanghai’s newest graduates following a longstanding NYU tradition of lighting the Empire State Building in New York violet for graduation.



Due to limited space, the central plaza area is reserved for graduating students and their families (each senior will get a ticket + 2 guest tickets), however views from the skybridge and outer areas of the plaza are open to the public. Note that this is a standing room only event.

The Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower will be lit in the University’s colors for the evenings of Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23, from 7pm to 10pm. Catch the best views from the Pearl Tower skybridge or from across the river on the Bund.  

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 22, between 6pm and 7.15pm (doors open at 5:45pm)

Location: Oriental Pearl Tower, nearest metro station: Lujiazui
If the weather is wet, the performance will move to the NYU Shanghai Academic Building.


Huangpu River Cruise



Enjoy an evening with your family and fellow grads on a cruise down the Huangpu river, as the city lights up. Appetizers and refreshments will be served on board. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets are 200 RMB per person.  

To reserve tickets ahead of time, please email shanghai.commencement@nyu.edu.  Families who wish to pay in cash can do so on May 22 between 9am-1pm in the Academic Building Lobby. Payments can also be made in advance using this form—make sure you put your name and event in the comments.  

The cruise will depart from the Pearl Tower pier at 7.30pm, after the Lighting of the Pearl Tower. Don’t be late!

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 22, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, boarding 7.15pm

Location: Oriental Pearl Tower Pier, nearest metro station: Lujiazui​


2018 Commencement Ceremony



NYU Shanghai will hold its 2018 Commencement Exercises at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. All graduates will walk across the commencement stage and receive their diplomas from the Chancellor. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event in the lives of graduates and parents alike – an experience not to be missed.

Please note that the ceremony is a ticketed event with assigned seating, so make sure you have your tickets!

1.20pm - doors open at Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
1.50pm - doors close at Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
2pm - Ceremony starts
3pm - Conferral of degrees
4.30pm - Ceremony ends

Family and friends back home can tune in to watch the event live on our website.  You can also share your best wishes and congratulations with #NYUSH2018, even if you can't be at the Ceremony. Send @NYUShanghai a photo tagged #congratagradnyu and your message may be displayed on our campus on graduation day!

Students, make sure you review details of the day’s schedule here.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 23, 2pm to 4.30pm

Location: Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
For directions, accessibility and seating, see the Venue information page


Photo Time



From 5pm after the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, graduates and their families are invited to academic building for refreshments and photos. The event is also open to the NYU Shanghai community and is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to celebrate together with the graduating class.

Please note that access to the Academic Building will be restricted during this time to pass holders only. All guests will need to show a Family Pass. 

Remember to tag #NYUSH2018 or #NYUShanghai to share your favorite moments from this special day!


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