WELCOME TO VR GRAD ALLEY 2020

Tuesday May 19th 2020

5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (EDT)

This semester took us all by surprise, and your last days as an NYU student are unfolding differently than any of us imagined. And while there’s no substitute for being together, we wanted to find a way to give you one more chance, as students, to get together in the “Village,” reminisce, and have some well-earned fun.

Each year on the eve of University Commencement, NYU hosts Grad Alley—a block party featuring games, music, attractions, and more. So we invite you to join nearly 20,000 of your fellow graduates for a Virtual Reality Grad Alley where you can celebrate with classmates, explore a virtual Washington Square Park and make some last NYU memories in a pretty unconventional way.

Inside this world, you’ll pick an avatar and then head off to hang out with friends by the fountain, explore the Bobst Library literary maze, play chess by MacDougal Street, fly to “Pictionary Island,” teleport to the top of a skyscraper for a bird’s eye NYC view, try your luck at NYU trivia, or dance at the “Kimmel Rooftop Lounge” party. You can talk to each other in real time inside the virtual space, and for the most adventurous, you can pick up clues along the way to unlock a secret room. Scroll down to learn how to get started. 

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR DEVICE

You can experience VR Grad Alley on a mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer. For the optimal experience, use headphones (No VR headset required, but if you have one, use it!) 

Choose your device and learn how to move around and interact with the 3D environment.

 

 

 

PHONE AND TABLET

To Move - pinch

To Rotate - drag your finger across the screen.

Fly - type /fly in the chat box 

Toggle Menus - Double-Finger Tap

Check out the list of touch screen controls 

PC AND MAC

To move around:

use the W-A-S-D keys
or your directional arrow keys.

To turn 45 degrees left or right use the Q and E keys.

Fly - press "G" to enable flight mode

Run - hold "shift" to run/move faster

Teleport - click and hold "right mouse button" to set destination. "release" to teleport.

Mute - use "M" key to mute/un-mute your mic

Show Menus - Show menus with the "spacebar"

Toggle Menus - toggle menus with "tab" key

Check out a more comprehensive list of controls 

VR HEADSET

This experience is compatible with most virtual reality headsets. The controls vary based on a headset.

Please visit our tutorials page to learn more about controls for virtual reality headsets

SCREEN READER AND KEYBOARD

This experience is optimized for leading screen readers. Make sure your volume is up, and try to use headphones.

STEP 2: EXPERIENCE WITH FRIENDS

Explore the map in advance to learn about the rooms and games.  Audio descriptions and closed captioning are provided.   

Once you enter VR Grad Alley, click “share,” copy the link, and send to your NYU classmates to meet up and play together

STEP 3: BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE 

Use your Net ID email to login.  This exclusive experience is only for NYU’S graduating students and email verification will be required prior to entry.  

Valid entry May 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT) only

CODE OF CONDUCT: In this VR environment, all NYU community members and guests are expected to abide by the University’s existing code of ethical conduct.  Hate speech and harassment will not be tolerated.  Failure to abide by these policies may result in immediate removal from this VR event.

If you’d like to learn more about how to access this content prior to the event, click the button below for tutorials.