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1) I haven't received any mailings about graduation; what should I do?
You should verify your mailing address with your Academic Advisor, Student Advisor, Assistant to your Department Chair, Director of Operations, and the Office of Academic Advisement.

2) I have family in another country who want to attend my graduation. How do I get permission for them to enter the U.S. for the ceremony?
School of Visual Arts cannot arrange entrance into the United States. However, you can request a letter from the Office of Academic Advisement to state that you are a candidate in the Class of 2015.

3) What time can guests enter the Hall?
Guests of Master candidates may enter the Theater at Madison Square Garden at 9:00 a.m., Guests of Bachelor candidates may enter the Theater at Madison Square Garden at 1:30 p.m.

4) Is parking available in the area?
Please check the  Madison Square Garden webiste.

5) Is the Hall wheelchair accessible?

6) Are there considerations for hearing-impaired candidates and guests?
Candidates and guests who require an interpreter for the hearing impaired should contact A.-Lucky Checkley, Jr, by e-mail before March 6, 2015 at: lcheckley@sva.edu.

Commencement Ceremony

1) Who is the Commencement speaker?
The 2015 Commencement Speaker is Peter Sellars; Opera, Theater, and Festival Director.

2) What is the correct academic attire?
Commencement attire is provided by SVA when candidates complete all graduation requirements. 

3) Do I go up on stage during the ceremony?
Yes.  Each candidate will go up on stage after their name is announced, to meet with the President and their department chair.


1) If I have a question regarding my diploma; whom should I contact?
You must contact the Office of Academic Advisement at 212.592.2540.

2) Whom may I contact for additional Commencement information?
Continue to review this Commencement section of the website thoroughly.
If you are still having trouble locating the information you need, please call the Office of Coordinator of Academic Advisement at 212.592.2540.

Date, Time, Location, Duration

1) What is the date and time of Commencement?
The Date of Commencement for the Class of 2015 is Thursday, May 14th.
The Master's ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m., the Bachelor's ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m.

2) Where is Commencement held?
Commencement will be held in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001.

3) How long does the ceremony typically last?
The ceremony for Master candidates should last about two hours, and the ceremony for Bachelor candidates should last about two and a half hours.

4) Will there be announcement cards?
No. Our college does not provide announcement cards.


1) Who is eligible to participate in the ceremony?
Master, and Bachelor candidates who have completed all of the degree requirements.

2) If I am not eligible, but still want to participate in the ceremony, what do I do?
You must put your request in writing before April 10th, to: A.-Lucky Checkley, Jr., Coordinator of Academic Advisement. His e-mail address is lcheckley@sva.edu. Your request will be reviewed in-committee, and you will be informed of the decision within two weeks of your request.

3) What clearances do I have to obtain in order to graduate?
Complete a degree application with your Academic Advisor, Student Advisor, Assistant to the Chair or Director of Operations before December 9, 2015.

  • Submit documentation of Portfolio/Thesis for SVA archives to the department chair before April 30, 2015.
  • Pay all financial obligations owed to the College by April 30, 2015.
  • If you have received any type of guaranteed student loan through the school, you need an exit interview clearance from the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Return all books to the library by May 5, 2015.
  • Complete all credits and required courses by May 5, 2015.

4) Who do I contact if I have doubts regarding my academic standing?
Graduate candidates should contact their student advisor or assistant to the chair. Undergraduate candidates should contact their academic advisor.


1) What time is graduation rehearsal?
Rehearsal for Master candidates will begin at 8:45 a.m.  Candidates will be seated by their departments, therefore they must arrive in the Hall by 8:30 a.m.  Rehearsal for Bachelor candidates will begin at 1:15 p.m.  Candidates will be seated by their departments, therefore they must arrive in the Hall by 1:00 p.m.


1) How many tickets will each candidate receive?
 Each candidate will receive five admission tickets. One ticket is for the candidate, and the other four tickets are for their guests.

2) Do I need a ticket for a child or baby?
YES. If the child or baby will need to occupy a seat, a ticket is needed.

3) How do I obtain tickets to Commencement?
Master candidates
will be contacted by the Assistant to the Chair of their Department when all graduation requirements have been fulfilled, to pick-up their tickets, and graduation regalia.  Bachelor candidates will receive an e-mail from their Academic Advisor when all graduation requirements have been fulfilled, to pick-up their tickets, and graduation regalia.

Additional tickets
If you would like to request additional tickets, please fill out and submit the online Additional Commencement Ticket Request Form. Additional tickets cannot be guaranteed; however, we attempt to honor all requests based on available tickets. All requests must be received before Friday May 8, 2015.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets, and graduation regalia, we ask that the person you send, present a letter of authorization, signed by you.

Please note: We do not mail admission tickets.

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