Commencement

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Cooper Union's 155th Commencement will take place on Wednesday May 28, 2014, 10:30 am in The Great Hall of the Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street. The commencement speaker will be announced soon. Because of the closure of Peter Cooper Park due to construction, the reception after commencement will be held in both the Foundation Building and 41 Cooper Square across the street.

Please see our seperate pages for directions, hotel accomodations (including discounted rates) and parking

For more information please read the frequently asked questions page.

For background please see the commencement traditions page.

Coming soon: information on the commencement speaker, related events and a detailed program.

Please check back on this site for updates and new information.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.