Manhattan School of Music Commencement

Commencement is one of the many events coordinated by the office of Student Life.  Commencement is an important ceremony that celebrates the enormous achievements of our graduates. This year the ceremony will take place on May 16, 2014. The graduation ceremony is followed by a reception in the School.

Date:  Friday, May 16, 2014

12 PM
The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Dr. New York, NY 10027

Reception:  2 PM
Ades Performance Space
120 Claremont Ave. New York, NY 10027

The ceremony will take place in the spectacular Riverside Church, to be followed by a reception at MSM in the Ades Performance Space.  The  School will bestow a number of honorary doctorates this year, whom will be named in the very near future. The ceremony will also feature musical performances by graduating students.

Additional Information

On Tuesday, February 11 we will hold our 95 Days to Graduation event for all graduating students. Taking place in the main lobby from 12:00PM - 3:30PM, this event is a one stop shop for completing necessary forms and being measured for caps and gowns.  All graduating students are invited to attend!

Please click to view the Student Information Letter and the Student Graduation Guide.

For directions on getting to the school and the ceremony, please refer to the travel guide.

For information on parking and garages in the area, please refer to the area parking guide.

For information are area accommodations, please refer to our list of area hotels.

If you'd like to order flowers for your graduate we have compiled a list of area florists.

If you'd like to make dinner reservations for the evening, we have compiled a list of eateries.


The Office of Student Life is available to answer any questions you may have about the commencement ceremony.   We can be reached via phone at 917-493-4525 and via email at

Date, Time, and Place

Manhattan School of Music’s 88th Commencement, to be held on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York City, at 12 PM

Melanie Dorsey
Director of Student Life.

Office of Student and Residence Life