The Class of 2019 Kicks Off NYU’s Graduation Season

NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development kicked off NYU’s graduation season with its annual Doctoral Convocation and walk through Washington Square Park on Thursday, May 16th.

NYU Pipes and Drums lead the procession of 102 doctoral graduates and faculty to the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for the annual rite-of-passage ceremony which featured a special hooding ceremony.

At the Doctoral Convocation, Rubén Blades, the School’s 2018-2019 Scholar-in-Residence received the Dorothy Height Medal. Blades is a 17-time Grammy Award-winning musician, three-time Emmy-nominated actor, activist, lawyer, and politician from Panama.  A cultural icon who is credited with one of the top-selling salsa records of all time, Siembra (with Willie Colon), Blades’s music chronicles the Latin American community experience of living through unjust social and economic times. 

On Tuesday, May 21st, 819 undergraduates and 1,506 graduate students will celebrate at the Baccalaureate Ceremony and Valedictory Celebrations at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

At the Baccalaureate Ceremony, Di-Ann L. Eisnor (BS ’94), a graduate of the program in studio art, will be awarded the Dorothy Height Alumni Achievement Award. Eisnor is the CWeO of WeWork. In 2009, she started the US office of Waze, which was acquired by Google in 2013. She serves on the board of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and is a co-founder, with Lupe Fiasco, of Neighborhood Start Fund, a neighborhood-based micro-fund for underserved urban neighborhoods.

The Valedictory Celebration will honor philanthropist Susan A. Unterberg (MA, ’86), a graduate of the program of art education. Unterberg is a photographer whose work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art. She is the founder and funder of the Anonymous Was A Woman Award, which, since 1996, has awarded $25,000 grants to woman artists.