NYU Named Honorees For This Year’s Commencement Ceremony

NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Board of Trustees Chairman William Berkley have announced the names of those to be honored at the University’s 184th Commencement Exercises, which will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Yankee Stadium.

Topping the list of honorees is Darren Walker – President of the Ford Foundation, attorney, and a leading innovator of community development in New York City and around the world.

nyu campusMr. Walker will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony.

He will also be addressing the graduates and guests on behalf of all the degree recipients.

This year’s other recipients of honorary doctorates are:

  • Emmanuelle Charpentier – a scientist whose research led to some of the most important tools for genome “editing”, and Scientific Member and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, and Visiting Professor at Umeå University – will receive a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa.
  • Billy Crystal – comedian, actor, producer, writer, director, and 1970 alumnus of the Tisch School of the Arts – will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.
  • John Lewis – a courageous leader of the U.S. civil rights movement and a Member of Congress since 1986 – will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.
  • Margaret Marshall – who, as a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the first woman to hold that position, wrote the first high court opinion in the U.S. permitting same-sex marriage – will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.

The “Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society” will be presented to businesswoman and NYU Trustee Chandrika Tandon for achievements in business and her generous support of engineering, technology, and innovation.

The “Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City” will be presented to Alan Gilbert, the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, in recognition of his leadership in making New York one of the world’s great centers for music and the arts.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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