New York School of Interior Design’s Commencement Ceremony will be held on

Thursday, May 23 at 11 AM

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128


Path to finishing your degree

Meet with your advisor. Clear all financial holds. Return all Library books. Apply to graduate.

NYSID’s Commencement Keynote Speakers


Renowned interior designer and author, Nate Berkus and acclaimed interior designer Elaine Griffin will both deliver remarks to the graduates, and will be conferred with honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in Interior Design degrees. Each year, nominees for the honorary doctoral degree are selected from a distinguished pool, and each have demonstrated values that are consistent with the goals of the College’s mission and higher education. Berkus and Griffin are outstanding examples of how far education, professionalism, and gumption can take the students who will become tomorrow’s designers.

Learn more about Nate Berkus and Elaine Griffin in our press release.

Commencement Week Events

NYSID’s Commencement Student Speakers

As part of a new opportunity for our graduating class, NYSID’s community has selected two graduating students to speak at Commencement on May 23, 2019. We are excited to share that this year’s student speakers will be Paula Victoria Davidsohn, MFA-1 and Rachel Edelstein, BFA. Read their pitches below that won over the NYSID community.


Paula Victoria Davidsohn, MFA-1

To me, interior design means: Designing With Purpose

Psychologist is just one hat we wear as interior designers. That title sometimes means hearing client complaints, but it means much more. During my first summer at NYSID, I participated in the service learning project at the Queens Child Advocacy Center. Immediately, I was struck by how important the play kitchen was to the kids. Why would children who come from unstable homes want to play with a kitchen? So, we observed. A young girl in the play kitchen told her brother what she was serving for dinner. The staff came to check on the little boy, when he turned around, I saw burns covering his face. From that point on, I designed for him. It’s easy to forget how important empathy can be when you’re scrambling to finish your projects. At NYSID, we are taught to withstand the pressures so that we can rise above and design with purpose.

Rachel Edelstein, BFA

To me, interior design means: Taking The Risk

As we transition from design students to design professionals, the most important thing we can do is blur the line between the two. If we bring the same level of meaning, conceptual depth, and testing of boundaries to the professional world as we did to the classroom, we will be doing ourselves and the design community a service. We will be judged, in the same way we were when jurors commented that our projects were ~obviously~ student plans, but we must maintain this level of imagination if we’re going to stand out. The remarkable thing about the NYSID community is the atmosphere of support that lifts us up when we choose to take a risk. My thesis professor used to say she’d never get used to our class clapping for each other after every presentation, from pin-ups to our final. What better lesson to hold with us throughout our careers?


Commencement Information

Email Communication

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This is a ticketed event. An email regarding securing tickets will be sent to you in March. Graduating students are eligible to request a maximum of six tickets. We ask that you request only the number of tickets that you will actually use. You as the graduating student do not need a ticket. Ticketing is general admission for families and friends. Families and friends can arrive at 10:30AM to enter the auditorium. NYSID students who are not graduating are welcome to attend; an email will go out to non graduating students in May for a ticket lottery. Balloons will not be allowed in the venue.

Students are asked to arrive at the 92nd Street Y no later than 9:30AM. Please come dressed and ready for your graduation day. Don't forget to take care of yourself the morning of, by eating breakfast, wearing comfortable shoes, and steaming/ironing your academic regalia.

Ticket Pick Up Information

When: Wednesday May 1, 9am-5pm, Where: The Graduate Center, Room 301

When: Thursday May 2, 9am-5pm, Where: 170 East 70th Street, 69th Street Lobby

Robes and Academic Regalia

Graduating students are required to wear academic regalia and robes to attend commencement. Graduates can purchase their robes here. Robes and academic regalia must be purchased by Friday, April 19, 2019. Academic regalia will not be available for purchase at NYSID or commencement ceremony location.


Diploma Information

Diplomas are not distributed during the commencement ceremony and will be mailed to students approximately two months from the date of graduation. Diplomas are mailed to the address indicated in the Graduation Candidacy and Diploma Form. If you need to change the address where your diploma will be sent, please email

Diplomas will not be sent to students with holds. All financial obligations must be settled with the Bursar’s Office and books borrowed from the Library must be returned.