SLU will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our 2023 graduates with a in-person Commencement Ceremony. Here you will find all of the information you will need in order to participate. The ceremony will also be LIVE streamed right here on SLU’s Commencement webpage.

Commencement date, time and location

Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2023    Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: New York City Public Library – Main Branch, 476 Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018 Directions


Any questions, concerns or comments please email:

Graduation Checklist and Key Dates

Commencement Day

As you approach the New York City Public Library entrance, please be prepared to follow the instructions for security screening, and to present your ticket.

Venue visitor guidelines
The New York Public Library prohibits carts, large bags, bags on wheels, backpacks, or collections of bags that are larger than 24” x 16” x 10”. Additionally, beverages, liquids, water bottles, balloons, cake, and food are not permitted in the library. The New York Public Library reserves the right to inspect any and all packages, boxes, bags, purses, backpacks or similar items (collectively, “packages”) and the contents thereof that you and your guests bring into the library facility. Please review the New York Public Library visitor guidelines.

SLU is committed to ensuring that the Commencement Ceremony is accessible to everyone. Graduates and guests who need accommodations for the commencement ceremony should contact no later than May 5th. Learn more about the accessibility of the New York Public Library here.

Venue Directions


Graduates are eligible for up to four (4) tickets for guests. A ticket is required for all guests, except children under the age of two (2) years, who will remain on an adult’s lap. RSVP & Reserve Tickets no later than April 28th. Additional tickets are not available due to venue capacity.

Tickets will be distributed to graduates at SLU during the Commencement Information Sessions on May 18, May 22, and May 23 (5:00pm-6:30pm), 14th Fl, room 1425.

Ordering Graduation Regalia

All graduates who elect to march at the Commencement Ceremony must have a cap and gown. “Graduation Regalia” includes a cap, gown, and tassel. Masters’ degree students also wear a hood.

Graduation regalia and other graduation items are available for purchase online through Jostens.

SLU has a limited number of caps and gowns available for students to borrow upon request, on a first come, first served basis. Email no later than May 5th.

The last day to order graduation regalia is April 12th, 2023.

Graduation regalia orders will be available for pick up at SLU during the Commencement Information Sessions on May 18, May 22, and May 23 (5:00pm-6:30pm), 14th Fl, room 1425.

Graduation Portraits

Student Speaker Nomination

Do you know a graduating student whose experience captures SLU’s commitment to social justice and equity and can serve to inspire fellow graduates? We are seeking a student speaker for the Commencement Ceremony. If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow graduate, please complete the nomination form and return to by April 7th.


Diplomas are available approximately three to four months after each official graduation term. Please check the Office of the Registrar for more information.