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 Live Webcast, visit the Ceremony information page.


Reserve Tickets


Graduates may apply for up to four guaranteed Family Tickets until March 4, and enter a lottery for extra tickets to be allocated in March.


Please note: Tickets will not be mailed. Graduates can 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 seven will not be admitted. Family and friends who cannot make it to the event can also watch online via Live Webcast.



Plan Your Visit


If you are planning to visit your graduate in Shanghai for longer than just Commencement day, please consider making arrangements for the week following the Ceremony. The week prior to the Ceremony will be a busy one for graduates, as they will be participating in class-only festivities and saying goodbye to their classmates and friends.


Important dates


May 29 | Morning Tea | Academic Building, 10:30 AM to Noon


May 29 | "Made in Shanghai: Lighting the Pearl" Graduation Performance | Oriental Pearl Tower, 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM


May 30 | Commencement Ceremony | Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM


To get a sneak peak of your visit, take a virtual tour of campus and the city of Shanghai here.



Apply For Visa


International guests should check with their local Chinese embassy or consulate to determine if 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 to China, and a letter of invitation is not necessary.


If the consulate asks for a letter of invitation, please email with the request, including a scanned copy of the visa applicant’s passport photo 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 a place to stay in Shanghai, start by checking out the city’s Official Travel Information website for details on hotels and restaurants. For your convenience, below we’ve listed several hotels near the university and Commencement venue.


Here are a few ways to secure discounted rooms:


Option 1: Reserve using an NYU domain email address. Your graduate should make this reservation on your behalf.


Option 2: NYU students can also book hotels through the Traveler - Egencia platform.  NYU students can log in here to reach the site.


Mid-Range Five Star

Green Garden Hotel

Distance from campus: 500m

+86 21 6876 9138

InterContinental Shanghai Pudong

Distance from campus: 1500m

+800 830 1218

Shanghai Tong Mao Hotel

Distance from campus: 100m

+86 21 5830 0000

The Hongta Hotel

Distance from campus: 800m

+86 21 5050 4567


Please address questions and concerns to



Shanghai Metro



Shanghai has a very convenient and extensive public transport system. The Shanghai Metro is a cheap and popular way to explore Shanghai. Currently, there are 16 metro lines serving the city. NYU Shanghai, the Commencement venue, and most attractions in downtown Shanghai can be easily reached by metro.


Shanghai Metro map



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 promptly at 2pm, please arrive on time.


We look forward to seeing you at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center on Thursday, May 30, 2019!