MD, PhD, Dual Degree Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 11 at 3 pm
Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street
New York, NY 10019 

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 Class of 2022, have a celebratory Commencement Ceremony to share with your friends and family.

The ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 11 at 3 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

You have until March 16 to order your cap and gown.

Visit  collegegrad.herffjones.com and let us pick up the tab.

Yes, that’s right—your rental is paid for you by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Anyone who misses the March 16 deadline must pay for their order without the guarantee that Herff Jones can fulfill the rental. All regalia questions should be directed to Steven Clarke at Herff Jones: 516-223-2572 or thegraduateguy@aol.com.

You can pick up your regalia on April 26 from 4-7 pm or April 27 from 11 am-2 pm in Stern Auditorium.

All MD, PhD, and Dual Degree graduates will be given four* (4) guest tickets. Tickets will be distributed during the regalia pick-up dates in April.

If you would like to request additional tickets, please fill out the Additional Commencement Ticket Form by Friday, April 15. Due to capacity limitations, extra tickets are not guaranteed.  We will do our best to accommodate you.  

Please note that all guests, including infants and children, will need a ticket to enter Carnegie Hall. At this time, children under age 5 are not permitted to attend as they are unable to get vaccinated.

As part of our commitment to health and safety, everyone coming to Carnegie Hall will need to agree to a COVID-19 Liability Waiver and show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (including boosters as of February 14, 2022) with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) before entering the building. An up-to-date list of WHO-approved vaccines can be found here.

*Number of tickets is subject to change due to COVID and ISMMS Infection Prevention restrictions.

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 April 15.

Please note that Carnegie Hall selects the areas for special needs seating. Those who enter the Hall for early seating cannot hold seats for others.

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

  • 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 Carnegie Hall. 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 late May 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 Carnegie Hall. 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 four* (4) tickets. Students do not need tickets to enter Carnegie Hall. If you need additional tickets, please fill out the Additional Commencement Ticket Form and indicate how many extra tickets you need. The deadline to request additional tickets is Friday, April 22

*Number of tickets is subject to change due to COVID and ISMMS Infection Prevention restrictions.

Q: My father/mother is a doctor, so can he/she hood me?
A: We will confirm details about Commencement Ceremony hooders shortly. Please stay tuned for updates.

Q: How long is the ceremony?
A: The ceremony is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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

Q:  Can I leave tickets for family members at the front desk?
A: Yes, you can leave tickets for your family members in a labeled envelope with the attendants at the Box Office at Carnegie Hall.

Q: Where is Carnegie Hall?
A: Carnegie Hall is located at 881 7th  Ave (at 57th Street).

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 Carnegie Hall.

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 April 15.

Q: Are there any other events happening in addition to the Commencement Ceremony?
A: Yes, the Mount Sinai Achievement Awards Celebration and Dean’s Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 4 pm. The Dean’s Reception will be for all graduating MD, PhD, and Dual Degree students and their guests at the Edison Ballroom Rooftop.