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  • Honorary Degrees and Speakers
    Clockwise from top row center: Arta Jēkabsone, Didintle Ntsie, Luis J. Tsukayama-Cisneros, Pedro Troncoso, Celeste Sena
  • Honorary Degree Recipients 2021

    Each year, The New School awards honorary degrees to individuals who exemplify the interests and ambitions of the graduating class. The award recipients embody the university’s driving principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and creative experimentation. Like many other students and alumni, New School honorary degree holders have included a number of bold innovators whose work across disciplines has addressed important contemporary issues. Honorees are invited to briefly address the graduates, sharing insights and advice from their unique vantage point. They are joined by a student speaker, who embodies and projects the best qualities and core values of The New School.

    More information on the 2021 recipients will be shared soon.

    Commencement Student Speakers 2021

    Student speakers for Virtual Commencement 2021 will include students from each of The New School's five colleges who have engaged actively with the life and culture of The New School. The opportunity to serve as a student speaker at Commencement is a great honor. Speakers embody and project the best qualities and core values of a New School education and are able to deliver concise and compelling remarks that will resonate with and inspire their fellow graduates. These candidates have excelled in their studies at The New School.

    Learn more about the eligibility requirements, and submit your virtual audition files by March 1.



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