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Resources for Commencement

Whether you are looking for a bite to eat, flowers for your favorite graduate or even a ride from the train station, we’ve got you covered!

Please explore the resources that will be available on- and off-campus for Commencement below.

On-Campus Resources


Ground floor of the LaPenta Student Union

  • Friday, May 19, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Iona University Campus Store

Main floor of the LaPenta Student Union

  • Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Commencement Pop-Up Shop

The Campus Store will be selling flowers and “Class of 2023” t-shirts from their Commencement Pop-Up Shop outside of the Hynes Athletics Center (East) before and after the ceremony.

Gael Express Shuttle

Getting to the Ceremony

The Gael Express will begin running shuttles from the New Rochelle train station starting at 8 a.m. Shuttles will depart from the station as they are filled and will run continuously throughout the day.

Getting to New Rochelle Train Station

After each ceremony, shuttles will run to the New Rochelle train station. The pick-up location will be up the road from Mazzella Field toward the main North Avenue entrance of campus in front of McSpedon Hall, across from the Advising Center. See walking directions here.

If you have any questions, please call (914) 633-2560.


We invite those who can’t attend in person to join us in celebrating the Class of 2023 via the livestream. A link to the livestream will be posted in the days leading up to the ceremony.

Local Businesses & Special Discounts

Please support our local businesses offering discounts on Commencement day!

Crotty’s Cheesesteaks

Iona Commencement Special: 10% discount*

*Valid Student ID must be presented during ordering or pickup.
Offer Valid from 5/12-5/22.

Buy 5 Cheesesteaks & always receive the 6th one FREE!

8 Eastchester Road, New Rochelle
(914) 636-7000
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm and Fri/Sat 11am-midnight

Beechmont Tavern

750 North Avenue, New Rochelle
(914) 636-9533 (call for reservations)
Hours: Sun-Sat 11am-2am
Indoor seating only; street parking

Rocbody Fitness Cafe

620 North Avenue, New Rochelle
(914) 365-2000
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm

Mirage Restaurant

690 North Avenue, New Rochelle
(914) 740-5755
Hours: 9am-11pm
Indoor & outdoor seating; parking behind restaurant

Buffalo Wild Wings

33 Lecount Place, New Rochelle
(914) 637-9453 (Reservations through OpenTable)
Indoor seating only; municipal parking