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Ticket Information

How do I get reserved tickets?

Guest Tickets: Only four reserved guest tickets will be provided and it is school policy that we cannot provide additional tickets. If a candidate is expecting to have more than four guests, there is extra seating outside the reserved seating area and in the bleachers.

Student Participation Ticket: Each candidate will receive one student participation ticket when they pick up their four guest tickets. This ticket will have your name pre-printed on the front. Simply fill out the back section with your mailing information before the ceremony. This is necessary so the photographer can send you a proof, so please write neatly. The student participation ticket is separate from the four guest tickets and you MUST have this ticket with you at the lineup location and when you cross the stage. Please do not lose your tickets as they cannot be replaced.

There are three options to obtain your four guest tickets and student participation ticket, and you will need your confirmation number (see above information on Graduate Exit Survey) and your New Paltz or photo ID for pick up. 

A. Attend a Rehearsal:

There will be two different opportunities for candidates to attend a one-hour rehearsal. Candidates should plan to attend one of these rehearsals. The rehearsal will explain how the day will unfold, answer questions, and, at the end, offer an opportunity for candidates to obtain their four guest tickets and their student participation ticket before the day of the ceremony. Your attendance is highly encouraged, but if you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please see options B and C below.

Rehearsals will be held in Lecture Center 100 as follows:
7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 or
7-8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016


B. Welcome Center:  

Tickets will also be available for pick up at the Welcome Center in the Haggerty Administration Building lobby, from Friday, May 6 through Friday, May 13, 2016, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Note: On Friday, May 13, 2016, tickets may only be picked up until 3 p.m. You must present your New Paltz or picture ID and confirmation number generated upon completion of the Graduate Exit Survey.

C. Will call table on day of ceremony:

Guest tickets can also be picked up at the will call table on the day of the ceremony at the Athletic and Wellness Center. You must present your New Paltz or photo ID and confirmation number generated upon completion of the Graduate Exit Survey.


Can someone else pick up my tickets for me?

Yes. If someone other than the candidate is picking up the tickets, that individual will need a photo ID and a signed note from the candidate, which includes their confirmation number generated upon completion of the Graduate Exit Survey. Please see "How Do I Participate in the Ceremony" above for details on locating the Graduate Exit Survey and obtaining your confirmation number. 


I am unable to pick up my tickets during the scheduled rehearsals; can you mail them to me?

No. We do not mail tickets. Please see "How Do I Get My Reserved Tickets" above for alternate pickup opportunities.