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Graduate Commencement Important Information 

The graduate ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden (32nd Street at 7th Ave).

Important reminders for students:

  • Please arrive at Madison Square Garden at 2:30 p.m., when doors open and be in line for the procession by 3:15 p.m. The ceremony officially begins at 3:30 p.m. and will last until approximately 5:30 p.m.
  • Upon arrival through the main mall area of MSG, continue around the escalators to the box office.
  • Arts & Science (MA/MS) will assemble in corridor A/B (left).
  • School of Business (MBA) will assemble in corridor C/D (right).
  • Where possible, avoid carrying a bag, personal items or umbrellas and please keep cell phones silenced throughout the duration of the ceremony. All individuals will be screened by MSG Security entering the building.
  • Graduates do not require a ticket -- only photo ID and cap, hood and gown. Be certain to bring your yellow name card. If for some reason you cannot locate it, upon entrance in the Box Office/Corridor Entrance area, you will be able to check in with Iona representatives at the welcome table to receive a replacement. 
  • Please review the MSG Theater map and procession route to assist your guests in determining where they should sit. Please note: guests enter opposite the stage (by the Theater logo on the map).
  • Proper decorum and conduct are expected at all times. Inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary action.
  • There will be many steps in the procession route as well as up across and down the stage. Please wear shoes you are able to walk in. If you have concerns regarding your ability to walk the procession, please contact Daneshea Palmer at for accommodations.

Information for guests:

  • Strollers are not recommended. If you bring one, it must fit under your seat or be left unattended in the lobby.
  • Children under 2 are admitted without ticket, but must sit on lap. (No ticket=no seat, as each seat is accounted for. Please remember, the ceremony can be long, especially for a little one!).
  • No outside food or beverages.
  • All bags will be searched and individuals entering the building will be screened.
  • All individuals entering MSG must have some form of photo ID.
  • Guests will NOT be granted entry to the Theater at MSG without a ticket. Tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION and do not correspond to specific seats. Seating selection is first come, first served. Doors will open to guests at 2:30 p.m. 
  • Review the MSG Theater map and procession route to help determine the best section in which to sit. Please note: guests enter opposite the stage (by the Theater logo on the map).
  • If a graduate or a guest needs special accommodations, please contact Daneshea Palmer at or (914) 633-2226. For special assistance at commencement, please speak with Iona College personnel on site or Madison Square Garden staff.
  • There will be many members of the Iona College faculty, staff and administration on site on Saturday to assist you with any questions you or your guests may have.

Additional Information:

Webcast and social media: Iona's Commencement ceremonies will be webcast live this year ― let family and friends know they can see it at You can also participate in the day's events on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by attaching the hashtag #IonaGrad to your photos and memories.
Doors: Please note there is a slight possibility that MSG staff will need to delay doors opening for the Graduate ceremony based on the timeline for the day. We ask in advance for your patience as we work collectively to make sure the Theater is clean and set to make the Graduate ceremony the special event each of you and your guests deserve!
All students should visit the Commencement page to review the comprehensive Commencement information. Feel free to call the Office of Student Development at (914) 633-2360 with any questions.
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