The 2017 Commencement of New College of Florida will be held Friday, May 26, beginning at 7 p.m. on the College's Bayfront.


The 2017 Commencement of New College of Florida will be held Friday, May 26, beginning at 7 p.m. on the College’s Bayfront.

In case of inclement weather, Commencement will be held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221.

2017 Commencement Schedule

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

4-6 p.m.: President’s reception for graduates, their family and faculty
College Hall

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

10 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory)
Bayfront Campus

11 a.m.: Alumni Toast
Bayfront Campus

7 p.m.: Graduation Ceremony

Reception sponsored by the New College Student Alliance immediately following Commencement on the Bayfront.

2016 Commencement at New College of Florida

New College of Florida honored the accomplishments of 170 graduates at a Commencement ceremony May 20, 2016.

Commencement speaker

George Lewis
George Lewis

This year’s Commencement Speaker and recipient of an honorary degree will be the noted composer and scholar, George E. Lewis, who is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (“genius grant”) in 2002, Lewis was made a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis’s work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 140 recordings. His book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008), received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s Music in American Culture Award. Lewis is co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016), and his opera “Afterword,” commissioned by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in October 2015 and has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

Lewis first visited New College in 2012, when he presented a lecture and participated in a panel discussion as part of New Music New College’s Meeting of the Minds Festival. New College is delighted to welcome him back to deliver our Commencement address.

Additional Information

Graduation Announcements

Official announcements are available in the President’s Office, Cook Hall 204. Each student will receive 10 announcements.

Cap and Gown

Academic apparel at Commencement is optional for faculty and students. If you would like to rent regalia, it is available through the Campus Bookstore. Please contact Melissa at the bookstore (941-355-5252 or for more information.

Photography and Video

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at the graduation ceremony. Visit their website,, and click on Pre-Event Registration. Enter your email and up to six emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. After graduation, order online at or call 800-261-2576.

A video of the ceremony will be available for purchase. Ordering information will be posted soon.

Where to stay, where to go

General Parking – As you near campus from any direction, follow the many signs directing you to the parking area near College Hall.

Parking attendants will greet and assist you with parking. Handicap parking is available. When you arrive, please let the attendant know you require a handicap space. There will also be golf carts circulating to assist with transportation to the graduation tent. For questions related to the graduation ceremony, please call 941-487-4100.

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