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 find out how to enjoy the event via webstream, visit the Ceremony information page.



Reserve Tickets

Graduates are able to apply for up to four guaranteed Family Tickets during January and February of their Senior Year, and enter a ballot for extra tickets that will be allocated in March.


Please note: Tickets will not be mailed. Your graduate will be invited to collect their Family Tickets on campus a week before the ceremony. 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 day, 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 Week

We have several exciting events planned for students and guests in the run up to the ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, including an afternoon tea with deans and professors on Tuesday, May 22 followed by a send-off performance that evening at the Oriental Pearl Tower, that will culminate in it being lit violet for the graduating class.


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 Wednesday, May 23, 2018!