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Dear NYFA community, 


It brings me such great pleasure to address you with that word: “graduate,” and to think of all the hard work, dedication, growth, even transformation, captured within those eight letters. Only you can know the deep well of resources you had to tap into in order to get yourself to this milestone, but I take immense pride in the fact that you chose to do it at New York Film Academy.


I share in your excitement today and hope that, as you continue your artistic journey, you will remain part of the NYFA community, keeping us apprised of your triumphs, and making use of our resources to help you navigate the waters of your chosen field. 


Your faculty and staff have dedicated themselves to your success, and today I thank them as well for their continued support of your journey. 


Enjoy your commencement. Take time to let it all sink in. Congratulate yourself on an incredible achievement. And, most important of all, keep telling your story. 


With all my best wishes,


Michael J. Young 



Graduation for degree graduates (AFA, BA, BFA, MA, & MFA) will occur on:

(Students completing their One-Year Certificate can contact their academic department for questions regarding their final screening and graduation)


DATE: Friday, Dec 16, 2022

TIME: 11AM - 1PM

LOCATION: Steven J. Ross Theatre, Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd bldg 17, Burbank, CA 91522 


Commencement Handbook

Graduation Ceremony Details

Graduation for degree graduates (AFA, BA, BFA, MA, & MFA) will occur on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 11am PST.


Location: Steven J. Ross Theatre, Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd bldg 17, Burbank, CA 91522 


Schedule: Graduates should arrive robed and ready no later than two hours prior to the start of the ceremony. The Commencement Ceremony will run as follows:


  • Rehearsal (9:00am)

  • Guest Arrival (10:00am)

  • Procession (11:00am)

  • Greetings & Opening Remarks

  • Commencement Speakers

  • Student Commencement Speaker

  • Degree Presentations

  • Closing Remarks (1:00pm)

Guest Information

Each candidate will be allowed three (3) guests in attendance. Digital tickets will be sent to students with instructions on how to deliver them to their guests. Guest arrival time and other pertinent information will be listed on the digital ticket. Guests will be seated in a general seating separated from the graduates and will not be permitted in the graduate seating area at any time. Seats may NOT be reserved. It is recommended that your guests allow ample time for parking and securing seats at the venue. Additional tickets can be requested by emailing graduationevents@nyfa.edu, however, they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and are not guaranteed.

Cap & Gown

Cap and gown are required for the in-person ceremony, as graduates will be live on stage. All degree candidates are welcome to order from any vendor of their choice as long as it meets the authorized regalia listed under the Academic Regalia section.


Academic Regalia

All degree candidates must be in full authorized regalia and worn properly. Anything on the regalia that is not approved by the Registrar will put you at risk of being removed from the processional. 


Graduates (MFA, MA)

  • Cap - (Black) Should be worn straight on the head with the front point in the center of the forehead.

  • Gown - (Black with pointed sleeves) Should be worn closed.

  • Hood - (Maroon band, red lining, and black chevron) The hood should be worn draped around the neck and shoulders. The velvet border should be showing closer to the neck. The lining of the hood should be turned out so that the school colors are visible.

  • Tassel - (Cardinal colored tassel with year charm). Should be worn on the left.


Undergraduates (AFA, BA, BFA)

  • Cap - (Black) Should be worn straight on the head with the front point in the center of the forehead.

  • Gown - (Black with straight sleeves) Should be worn closed.

  • Tassel - (Red colored tassel with year charm) Should be worn on the right.


Ordering Cap & Gown from Jostens

Jostens has an offer for NYFA Associate, Bachelor & Master graduates in the United States. The store is set up with the correct colors and style for each degree. To begin your order, go to: http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1736271/New-York-Film-Academy/ 


  • Associate & Bachelor Graduates - Order by November 24, 2022 

  • Master Graduates - Order by November 10, 2022


If you miss the online deadline, you can still order by calling Jostens Customer Care at 800-854-7464, Monday through Friday 8am to 5 pm central time. Late orders will include a $20 express processing fee and are not guaranteed.


Parking Information

Parking information will be available when tickets are distributed.


Future Ceremony Dates

Spring 2023 - April 29, 2023

Summer 2023 - August 19, 2023

(Please note that event date and venue are subject to change.)


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