Family & Guests

If you’re planning to attend the commencement ceremony in Shanghai, the following checklist will help assure that you have an enjoyable and memorable day with your graduate. To enjoy the event via webstream, visit the ceremony information page.


Obtain Guest Tickets

Graduates are able to apply for up to four guest tickets during November of their Senior Year, with extra tickets made available in a ballot. 

Tickets will not be mailed. Your graduate will be invited to collect their guest tickets on campus on Wednesday, May 17 at the Student Life Office in 110 from 10am to 5pm.

Please note: all guests must have a ticket to enter the Hall. Children under the age of 7 will not be admitted. There will be a live screening of the ceremony in the Academic Building in Shanghai and online for family and friends who cannot make it to the event.


Set Dates For Your Visit

If you are planning to visit your graduate for longer than commencement weekend, consider making arrangements with them for the week after the ceremony, as the week before will be busy and they are also likely to want to attend farewell celebration events with friends.


Apply For Visa

International guests should check with their local Chinese embassy or consulate whether a visa is required for their visit and apply in good time.

For most countries, a hotel booking and flight itinerary is all you need to apply for a visa, and a letter of invitation is not necessary. However, should this be required, your graduate has a residence permit so you should list them as your contact. If the consulate is asking for a letter of invitation, please email with the request including a scanned copy of the guest's passport page.

Please be advised that NYU Shanghai cannot offer visa advice. If you would like assistance with your application, please consult your local travel agent or an international visa agency such as CIBT.


Book Lodging

If you need somewhere to stay in Shanghai, start by checking out the city’s Official Travel Information website for details of hotels and restaurants. For your convenience, NYU Shanghai has also secured preferential rates with the following hotels close to the university and commencement venue. Quote ‘NYU Shanghai’ when making your reservation.

Mid-Range Five Star

Green Garden Hotel
Distance from campus: 500m
+86 21 6876 9138

InterContinental Shanghai Pudong
Distance from campus: 1500m
+86 21 5835 6666

Shanghai Tong Mao Hotel
Distance from campus: 100m
+86 21 5830 0000

The Hongta Hotel
Distance from campus: 800m
+86 21 5050 4567

Courtyard Marriott
Distance from campus: 1000m
+86 21 6021 6888

Grand Solute Zhongyou Hotel Shanghai
Distance from campus: 950m
+86 21 6875 0291












What to do over Commencement Weekend

We have several exciting events planned for students and guests in the run up to the ceremony on Sunday, including a morning tea with deans and professors on Saturday and a send-off performance at the Oriental Pearl Tower, culminating in it being lit violet for the graduating class. 

Please note that guest access to Academic Building will be restricted over graduation weekend:

BEFORE MAY 27. Normal sign in procedures.

SATURDAY MAY 27 8AM - 1PM. Must present Family Pass and Event Ticket.

SATURDAY MAY 27 1PM - 9PM. Must present Family Pass and accompanied by NYU Shanghai student.

SUNDAY MAY 28 8AM - 5PM. ONLY STUDENTS (unless issued with a pass to watch live screening)

SUNDAY MAY 28 5PM - 9PM. Must present Family Pass.


Attending the Ceremony

Review the commencement day schedule and maps and directions for the venue. Doors close at 1.50pm and the ceremony will begin at 2pm sharp, please do not be late.


We look forward to seeing you at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center on Sunday, May 28, 2017!