Starting at dusk on May 18, New York’s iconic Empire State Building will glow Fordham maroon—a commencement-night tribute to the Class of 2024 and a radiant symbol of the countless ways Fordham students, faculty, and alumni have lit up our hometown since 1841.

Whether you’re celebrating graduation in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey, or cozied up at home, there’s a spot for everyone to see the Empire State Building light up for our grads! 

Check out our top picks for viewing (and photo-snapping) spots: 

Bryant Park, Manhattan 

Midtown-bound post-graduation? Heading toward Grand Central? Swing by Bryant Park for a seriously epic view of the Empire State Building lit up maroon.

Madison Square Park, Manhattan

This park offers amazing city views, making it the perfect spot to snap those unforgettable graduation pics with the Empire State Building in the background!

34th Street and Herald Square, Manhattan

Get ready for one of the best close-up street views of the Empire State Building. Don’t miss the chance to snap a pic as you stroll by post-graduation celebrations!

Union Square, Manhattan

Heading downtown? The lively Union Square offers a fun spot to catch a view of the famous skyscraper!

Washington Street between Front and Water streets, Dumbo, Brooklyn 

There really is nothing like this picturesque sight of the Empire State Building beautifully framed by the Manhattan Bridge. Head over for a unique grad picture with the iconic landmark.

Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey

These stunning views don’t end in the boroughs! This Jersey park serves up breathtaking shots of the Empire State Building and the Manhattan skyline. You won’t want to miss it.

Won’t be nearby? Want to share this special celebration with loved ones who are far away? You can still catch the iconic building lit up in maroon on the  Empire State Building’s live cam.

Don’t forget to share your pictures of this special tribute via email [email protected] and tag us @fordhamuniversity or use #Fordham2024 on social!

Learn more about Fordham’s 179th Commencement.


Giorgia Sabia is the communications coordinator for the office of University Communications at Fordham. She can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 903-2040.