2022 Masters Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, June 21 at 12:30 pm

Stern Auditorium

1468 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10029

The 2022 Commencement Ceremony will be in person for the first time in two years!

We understand how important Commencement is for the graduating class. Receiving your degree and walking across the stage—the exclamation point to the end of your experience. Our goal is to ensure that despite social distancing and this unprecedented public health crisis, you, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Class of 2022, have a celebratory Commencement Ceremony to share with your friends and family.

The ceremony will be held in Stern Auditorium on Tuesday, June 21 at 12:30 pm. The ceremony will also be livestreamed, and we will provide you with a viewing link for you to share with your loved ones closer to the ceremony date.

Ceremony Logistics

If you have not yet picked up your cap and gown, please contact mscommencement@mssm.edu as soon as possible

All graduates are guaranteed access of up to two (2) guest tickets. Tickets will be distributed during the regalia pick-up dates in June. Additional tickets are available on a first-come basis.

Please note that all guests, including children, will need a ticket to enter Stern Auditorium.

All event attendees (graduates, students, faculty, guests, etc), must be fully vaccinated and be able to show proof of vaccination. Boosters are strongly recommended but not required.

Vaccination documentation for guests will be collected before the event and verified at the door. Boosters are strongly recommended but not required. When picking up your tickets, please have the names and telephone numbers of your guests available so that we may contact them for vaccine verification before June 21.

Masking is required at all times during the event.
Everyone attending should plan to take a PCR test within 72 hours or home antigen test within 24 hours of the event. At present, this is strongly recommended; we will notify you as soon as possible of any changes to institutional infection prevention requirements.

Any degree candidates who require special accommodations in order to participate in their Commencement Ceremony should contact commencement@mssm.edu. Students with guests requiring early seating or special needs accommodations for Commencement should fill out the Special Seating Request Form by June 15.

You will be allowed to take photos after the ceremony but you MUST return your cap, gown, and hood inside Stern Auditorium.

  • After the ceremony ends, you will be able to take pictures with your guests. You must return all academic regalia to the Herff Jones drop-off stations inside Stern Auditorium. You will not be permitted to leave the premises with any regalia.
  • The School will hire a professional photographer to capture your hooding and receiving your diploma on stage.
    • Prints of these professional shots will be available for purchase after the Commencement Ceremony.
    • You will receive further information on how to order prints in July 2022.

For ease, we have listed the following hotels with MSHS discounted rates:

Courtyard Marriot—New York Manhattan/Upper East Side
410 East 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
(212) 410-6777
Discounted rates ranging from $209.00 - $284.00 per night.
Book your hotel stay online.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott Central Park
538 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
Discount of 18 percent off room rates.

The Park Lane
36 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
Discount of 15 percent off room rates.

Q: How do I, or my family and friends watch the ceremony virtually?
A: The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed from Stern Auditorium. A link will be provided to share with your friends and family a few days before Commencement.

Q: How many tickets does each student get? Can you get extra tickets?
A: Each student will get up to two (2) tickets. Students do not need tickets to enter Stern Auditorium. Additional tickets are available on a first come basis.

Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: The ceremony is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Q: Can I take pictures in Stern Auditorium during the ceremony?
A: Yes, you can take pictures during the ceremony.

Q: Where is Stern Auditorium?
A: Stern Auditorium is located at 1468 Madison Ave in the Annenberg Building.

Q: Will there be discounted parking?
A: There is no discounted parking for Commencement.

Q: Is there reserved seating?
A: There is no reserved seating.

Q: Can children attend the ceremony?
A: Children 5 years and older who have received their vaccination against COVID-19 are invited to attend and require a ticket. Children who are unvaccinated are unable to enter Stern Auditorium.

Q: Will professional pictures be available to purchase?
A: Several weeks after Commencement, pictures will be available for purchase online.

Q: I need disabled/special seating accommodations; whom can I contact?
A: Students with guests requiring early seating or special needs accommodations for Commencement should fill out the Special Seating Request Form by June 15.

Q: Are there any other events happening in addition to the Commencement Ceremony?
A: Yes, the Mount Sinai Achievement Awards Celebration will be released online on June 21. The Dean’s Reception, following Graduation will be for all graduating students and their guests.