New College of Florida will host an in-person graduation on Friday, May 20th at 7:00 PM at the College Hall Bayfront. The commencement speaker (and honorary degree recipient) is New College graduate Maxeme Tuchman.


  • Thursday, May 19, 2022, 4:00-6:00 p.m. | President’s reception for graduates, faculty and families | College Hall
  • Friday, May 20, 2022, 10 a.m. | Graduation rehearsal (mandatory for graduates) | College Hall Bayfront
  • Friday, May 20, 2022, 7 p.m. | Graduation ceremony | College Hall Bayfront
  • Rain date is Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m. 

2022 Commencement Speaker

Maxeme Tuchman ’00

Max Tuchman, CEO and Founder of Caribu

New College alumna Maxeme (Max) Tuchman (’00) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Caribu, an interactive video-calling platform that helps kids have virtual playdates with family and friends when they can’t be physically together. Caribu is one of Apple’s 15 “Best Apps of 2020”, one of TIME Magazine’s ‘Best Inventions’, made Fast Company’s list of ‘World Changing Ideas’, was named one of the ‘Top Ten EdTech Companies to Watch’ in Forbes, and became one of the most innovative startups in the world by winning the 1776 Global Challenge Cup. Tuchman has been the winner or finalist in 30+ pitch competitions, is the 59th Latina in the US to raise over $1M in venture funding, and the first Latinx founder to raise $1M in Equity Crowdfunding. She has been recognized and honored as one of the Top 100 Female Founders by both Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine.

Before co-founding Caribu, Tuchman was appointed by President Obama to serve as a senior policy advisor and White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this position, she worked on issues of financial inclusion and student loans. Prior to that, Tuchman served as the Executive Director of Teach For America Miami-Dade and was responsible for overseeing daily regional operations for 26 staff members and cultivating over $15M of private and public support in service of over 500 teachers and alumni. Earlier in her career, she served in Mayor Bloomberg’s bullpen where she co-created the NYC Civic Corps and managed The NYC Waterfalls art installation, bringing in $69M of economic impact to the city. Her commitment to educational equity began as a Teach For America corps member, teaching 480 high school students in inner-city Miami, and has led to working on educational innovation projects with organizations such as the Harlem Children’s Zone, DC Public Schools, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Tuchman was named a Toyota Mother of Invention by Women In The World and Female Tech Leader of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, the Miami Fellows Leadership Program, and Babson WIN Lab for Female Founders. She received her B.A. from New College of Florida and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

More Information


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 & Video

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at the graduation ceremony. Visit their website and click on registration on the top right of the page. Enter your school as New College (not New College of Florida). Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. To order, please visit their website or call 800.261.2576 after the ceremony.

#NCFGrad22 Social Media Toolkit & Printable Signs

We’ve put together a few tools to help you celebrate your achievements! Yard Signs, Customizable Social Story Templates, Gifs, Stickers and more – click here to get started.

Join the conversation with #NCFGrad22 and be sure to tag @NewCollegeofFl!

Livestream of Graduation Ceremony

The 2022 Commencement ceremony held on Friday, May 20 will be streamed live to the Mildred Sainer Pavilion and to our Commencement website.  The live feed will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. on our Youtube Channel, and the link will be posted here. 


For those traveling outside the area, take advantage of our special lodging rates.

Directions, Map and Parking

Click here to view our campus map and directions to New College of Florida.

General Parking – As you near campus, please follow the directional signs which will lead you to College Hall and our bay front campus.  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.

Graduation Announcements

Official announcements are available in the President’s Office, Cook Hall 204, beginning March 18th. Each student will receive ten announcements.