Graduation is fast approaching! But never fear—there are still six full days before D-Day. So, seniors, this is your moment to fully bask in your NYU-ness, enjoying all the best things about our little slice of the Village, without the worst – homework, tests, pesky professors. We here at NYU Local want you to enjoy your weeklong lull before graduation as a carefree millennial with days to fill and drinks to imbibe. So we’ve compiled the 25 best ways you can spend the next week. It’s never too late to have some lol’s in your lull.
Seniors, we know you have a lot to do before you walk across that Yankee Stadium stage (or do you run around the bases?). You’re moving, you’re reminicisng, you’re
studying working hard trying to outlast and not cry during that last final, and you may or may not be drinking. But there may be one very important thing that you really can’t forget to do:
PICK UP YOUR CAP AND GOWN.
Although we’ve been reminded 30 times in the last week to do our course evaluations, no one is pestering us to pick up our graduation attire. We spend 49 (more of) (our parent’s) hard-earned dollars on renting something we’ll wear for only two days, and Big Graduation doesn’t even want us to pick it up. The cap and gown pop up shop will be stationed outside of Coles until the day before the big convocation. So you can plan your naps/crying/sitcom-worthy moments around this errand, here are their hours: Read more…
As graduation approaches, we seniors are feeling a lot of emotions. We’re feeling excited to start a new chapter (with or without a job). We’re feeling liberated at the thought of no homework, no deadlines, and no stumbling out of Bobst as the sun rises, bleary eyed and confused about why the morning is attacking your exhausted, baggy eyeballs. We’re also feeling nervous about adulthood, joblessness, and that horrible, horrible place: the REAL WORLD.
Graduation day is a day to take all of these feelings and shove them in a deep, dark corner of your consciousness – the same one that holds the memories of your first kisses, the time you fell asleep on the subway for four hours , or the cringe worthy outfits we wore on the first bright-eyed day of NYU. It’s a day for celebration and acceptance – a moment to take everything you’ve accomplished in the past four years and wrap it in a big fat red bow, slap some purple glitter on it, and parade it around for grandma, grandpa, and the entire 38,391-person student body to see.
If you’re anything like one of us, right now you’re
hungover, still in your pajamas, eating whipped cream, blissfully unaware of the “responsibilities” we still have as seniors about to graduate. From college. Forever.
TIME TO WAKE UP, BABES.
Break out your measuring tape, strip down to your skivvies, and let your nearest and dearest measure you from head to toe. Just kidding, none of that is necessary. Unless you want it to be.
So now, as one is
laying on the couch, watching Bob’s Burgers via Free On Demand, thinking if it would be funny to name their firstborn child “Jeeze Louise,” making sure that they have everything in order for their impending day—and life—you really need to make sure that you get your cap and gown measurements in today. Like, damn it, just do it right now. Why are you still reading this? Just open up a new tab. And go to this website. Get out of here! Go on! Be free! We don’t want you anymore!
But if you’re still reading, you insubordinate little asshole (just kidding, we love you), here’s what you do:
Graduation is five weeks away (Yes, you read that right) which for seniors means it’s time to prep the Kleenex, pack your bags and get ready to move into mom and dad’s basement! Before we depart our fair institution, however, many of us would like to leave our mark. In lieu of the long-retired Washington Square Pool Party, we must begin a new tradition. Here are our proposals:
As the year draws to an end, the graduating class prepares to brave the real world and a frightening job market. But before we start scavenging for job opportunities and attempt to integrate ourselves into the “grown-up” world, we have cause for celebration. The commencement exercises offer us an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication that we have shown at our time here at NYU, and the commencement speakers serve as examples of how hard work can take you to the top.
Sonia Sotomayor worked her through the legal system to become the first Hispanic justice of the Supreme Court and its third-ever woman. College of Dentistry student Alexis Cohen has also been dedicated to her work, both in dentistry and public health, which has earned her the honor of being the student speaker at the 2012 commencement. Read more…
There are plenty of things to look forward to after graduation: a place of one’s own, freedom from those week-long stretches crammed with tests and papers, and, of course, a sweet goodbye to shelling out thousands of dollars per year in tuition.
Like any farewell, however, saying adieu to the Arch will be bittersweet for many members of this year’s graduating class. It is, after all, the place where three-day-weekends are the norm and lounging around the lawns in the park before class is expected and even encouraged. Perhaps most importantly, it’s also the place that provides us with a sense of unconditional professional security. We are students; for the four years we’re here, that’s our job. Read more…
If you have extra tickets, please let us know. Help out your fellow seniors!
Be sure to use your full name and real email address so we can approve your comment. You can gift, trade, barter, and sell any tickets — school or all-university. Go for it! Read more…
As graduation approaches, tickets need to be reserved, graduation gowns ordered, and celebratory dinner reservations made. Here, we’ve tried to streamline this process for you seniors so that you have time to enjoy the rapidly improving weather and your last few weeks as an NYU student.
Firstly, you should reserve tickets for NYU’s 180th Commencement guest speaker Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Each student can reserve up to four guest tickets and one candidate ticket, but be sure to do it before May 4th. You can reserve them online. And to all of y’all partiers who were going to try to sneak in some funky juice, be warned that they do not permit liquids other than factory-sealed water bottles of a size of 1 liter or smaller. They also don’t allow iPads, video cameras, and other various items. Tickets will be available for pick-up from May 8th to May 15th at Coles.
As May creeps closer, many seniors have been wondering how the 2012 commencement speaker will be able to compare to last year’s speaker, former president Bill Clinton. The class of 2012 will not be disappointed at all, because NYU Local has learned that the speaker at this year’s commencement will be Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Read more…