Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I order my cap and gown?
Ordering is now closed. If you ordered one, you may pick it up, along with your commencement tickets in the Office of Student Affairs, Residence Hall Building, 29 Third Ave, Suite 3B, during the following times:

Wednesday, May 18th, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Thursday, May 19th, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Monday, May 23rd, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: You must present your Cooper Union ID (or State ID) to pick up your cap/gown/tickets. The office will be closed on Friday (5/20), so please don’t come by.

If you have any questions about caps, gowns, or tickets, please email Eric Conley at eric.conley@cooper.edu

How many guest tickets do I receive? Where do I get them?
Each student may have up to three guests. Student will be given tickets when they pick up their cap and gown. Please see above. Due to capacity limitations and in fairness to all students, this is a hard limit. If you are seeking additional tickets, we encourage you to ask your fellow graduates if they have any extra tickets they will not be using and are willing to give to you.

Will participants need to be tested for COVID-19?
There will be no testing the day of Commencement, however, attendees are required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and must wear a CDC-recommended mask (disposable surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95) while indoors. Cloth masks alone are not permitted, but may be worn as a second layer over a disposable surgical mask. Proof of vaccination can be accomplished by showing a physical or virtual vaccination card / vaccination record or via an approved app such as the NY Excelsior Pass. Questions about COVID vaccination requirements should be sent to healthandsafety@cooper.edu

When do I receive my diploma?
Diplomas for the class of 2022 will be distributed in-person to graduates following the ceremony. Locations are as follows:

ARCHITECTURE AND ART - Room 315F (Foundation Building, third floor)

ENGINEERING GRADS - Room 506CS (41 Cooper Square, fifth floor)

1. Cooper Union I.D. card required to pick up your diploma

2. You can only pick up your own diploma

3. If your diploma is not available for pick up, it’s because you have an outstanding obligation to the school. Your diploma will be released once the obligation is resolved. 

4. If you miss the diploma pick-up, please email The Cooper Union Registrar, registrar@cooper.edu, and provide an address to which the diploma can be mailed. This may take 2-3 weeks, so please be sure the address will be current for at least that long.

When is the commencement rehearsal?
There will be no rehearsal for the 2022 Commencement ceremony. Instead, graduating seniors are invited to celebrate the end of the school year with your class at this year's senior dinners! Dates/times/locations are:

  • Architecture - Monday, May 16 at 7 pm in the Peter Cooper Suite
  • Engineering – Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 pm on the Alumni Roof Terrace
  • Art – Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 pm in the Peter Cooper Suite

Email Crystal Ortiz at crystal.ortiz@cooper.edu to RSVP. Please note any dietary restrictions.

When do the doors open for the ceremony?
The doors will open at approximately 10:00AM before the 10:30AM ceremony.

What if I or my guests need disability accommodation at the ceremony?                                            Anyone needing accommodations due to a disability or medical condition should email disability@cooper.edu with those details.

Will there be a commencement breakfast this year?                                                                                  No, but immediately following the ceremony there will be refreshments served in the park.

Will participants need to be tested for COVID-19?                                                                                    There will be no testing the day of Commencement, however, attendees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and must wear a CDC-recommended mask (disposable surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95) while indoors. Cloth masks alone are not permitted but may be worn as a second layer over a disposable surgical mask. Proof of vaccination can be accomplished by showing a physical or virtual vaccination card / vaccination record or via an approved app such as the NY Excelsior Pass. Questions about COVID vaccination requirements should be sent to healthandsafety@cooper.edu.

Is the commencement ceremony webcast?
Yes, the ceremony will be streamed on Cooper Union's youtube channel.

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 ceremony typically last 2.5 hours.

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.