“GradBot did a great job of quickly and consistently answering the many different kinds of questions our guests had in a form they are already comfortable with—text. We can’t wait to expand on how the bot can help make our next commencement even better this coming year.”

Regina Drew

Director, Office of University Events NYU


New York University (NYU)


New York, NY



NYU Commencement - GradBot helps give students and their families an unforgettable graduation ceremony at an iconic American ballpark


New York University, an established leader in business, law, and the arts, wanted to see if a GradBot could help ensure graduates were organized and that attendees had a wonderful, memorable day.


Ten-thousand graduates and thirty-thousand friends, family and faculty descended on Yankee Stadium for NYU’s 187th Commencement.


Answering all the important questions that come with commencement —about the program, where to be and when, what to wear, and more, combined with getting to and navigating Yankee Stadium, makes providing an unforgettable experience for 40,000 people on a very important day a considerable challenge.
For commencement to run smoothly, NYU needed a solution that could get graduates and their families answers to their questions quickly and accurately, while helping keep NYU staff focused on making sure each of the ten-thousand graduates was precisely where they needed to be for the ceremony.


To deliver a superior commencement experience, 42Chat launched GradBot, a Text A.I. Chatbot that answered graduate and attendee questions from over commencement-related topics that users could ask about in more than 4 million ways.
Scheduled and ad-hoc notifications introduced the NYU community to GradBot, encouraging attendees to text NYU2019 to learn more about directions, the program, and much more.
GradBot even connected attendees to restaurant recommendations and things to do in New York City!


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Nearly a third of those attendees that Gradbot connected with made use of the bot. That number is high when you consider how many families attended Commencement (Mom or Dad probably looked up directions and passed them on to grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.)
And GradBot played a key role in keeping graduates and their families organized: Over 40% of those who used GradBot had questions about either the program or the student checklist.
The 42Chat live team monitored GradBot’s responses, even updating answers on-the-fly to tackle questions about late entry, extra tickets, and even service animals.