Ma'a Salama Itinerary

Ma'a Salama Itinerary

Ma’a Salama is a series of activities and events that take place between the last day of exams and Commencement. These events are designed for you to celebrate your achievements, reflect upon and remember your four years here, and acknowledge the many communities that have supported your experience.

Monday to Wednesday, May 8-May 10

May 8 to May 10, 2023

Commencement Attire and Ticket Collection

Time: 10am-6pm
Location: West Forum 

Seniors can pick up their Commencement attire and tickets.

*Note: Students must bring their NYUAD ID to pick up their attire and envelope with two tickets to the Commencement ceremony. 

Friday, May 12

May 12, 2023

Senior Walk

Time: 5pm
Location: The High Line
Audience: Seniors. Staff and faculty are welcome to attend.

Celebrate the end of classes and the achievements of the senior class.

Wednesday, May 17

May 17, 2023

Book Discussion with Graduating Seniors: Hinterland, 4 years later

Time: 5-6pm
Location: Art Gallery Reading Room
Audience: Seniors, faculty, and staff

Graduating seniors are invited to attend a panel discussion looking back to this reading from Marhaba week, four years later. How do the themes of this reading speak to you today — as seniors rather than incoming students? After four years of courses that have explored similar themes? How would you read this book today, differently? How does this help you to reflect on your own (educational) journey?

This discussion will feature a panel of 4-5 graduating seniors moderated by a first year student and followed by open Q+A. All conveners who led NYU Reads sessions four years ago will be invited but this is also open to any interested faculty and staff.



Limited tickets have been purchased for use throughout the week. Take advantage of the shuttles to these destinations as well as a number of other locations in Abu Dhabi.


Throughout the week, we encourage you to take your guests to your favorite restaurants and shops throughout Abu Dhabi.

Best Bites Plus (BB+)
CYE is offering a 2-month subscription to Best Bites Plus (BB+) for graduating seniors, with discounts across a number of exciting venues. Register by May 15 to request and activate your membership.

NYUAD Discounts
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As an NYUAD student, you also receive discounts by showing your NYU ID at select merchants throughout the UAE.

Friday, May 19

May 19, 2023

Senior Sunset

Time: 4-8pm
Location: Yas Beach
Audience: Seniors

*Note: Registration required. Students celebrate the end of finals at Yas Beach around sunset time. SYE will lead an activity that encourages reflection and remembrance of their time as NYUAD students.

Saturday, May 20

May 20, 2023

Student Affairs Family and Friends Brunch

Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Torch Club and Marketplace
Audience: Seniors and guests 

Students and families are invited to celebrate their Commencement over brunch with NYUAD and Student Affairs leadership.

*Note: Registration required

Sunday, May 21

May 21, 2023

Family and Friends Desert Trip

Time: 2:45-10pm 
Location: Departure from Campus
Audience: Seniors and families

Students and families are invited to celebrate their Commencement with a traditional desert trip.

*Note: Registration required

Monday, May 22

May 22, 2023

Family Day and Campus Farewell Tour

Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: NYUAD Campus
Audience: Students and families

Students and families are invited to campus hotspots for photos and a tour. Administrative offices are open and students are encouraged to introduce their guests to impactful staff and faculty.

Campus Tour Map (PDF)

May 22, 2023

Welcome to the NYU Alumni Community Reception

Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Location: The Arts Center
Audience: Seniors

Seniors are invited to the gathering of the Class of 2023 and alumni, hosted by the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). Guests will hear from NYUAD leadership about how to become involved with NYUAD and NYU as an alumnus across the globe. NYU has an alumni community of 600,000 strong — learn how to get plugged in!

Tuesday, May 23

May 23, 2023

Mandatory: Commencement Rehearsal

Time: 9:30am-1pm
Location: Campus Center (C2) Performance Gym
Audience: Seniors only
Recommended Dress: Casual

Seniors rehearse for the Commencement ceremony taking place the following day.

*Note: This is mandatory for all students participating the next day.

Wednesday, May 24

May 24, 2023

Mandatory: Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Time: 4-7pm
Location: Campus Center (C2) Performance Gym. Live screening at the Red Theater
Audience: Seniors and guests
Recommended Dress: Professional

Congratulations, Class of 2023, you made it!

Seniors participating in Commencement must report to the holding area by 2:30pm.

Wednesday to Friday, May 24-May 26

May 24 to May 26, 2023

Mandatory: Attire Return

Time: May 24, 7-9pm
May 25-26, 10am-5pm
Location: East Forum 

Seniors are required to return their attire after the Commencement Ceremony.