• 2018 Honorary Degree Recipients
    Clockwise from left: honorary degree recipients Glenn Ligon, Nancy Lublin, and Hilton Als; student Commencement speaker Yu Ling Wu; and honorary degree recipients Camilo José Vergara and Michael Gellert. (Hilton Als image © Ali Smith)
  • 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 our students and alumni, New School honorary degree holders have included many bold innovators whose work across disciplines has addressed important contemporary issues.

    Each honoree has been invited to briefly address the graduates, sharing insights and advice from their unique vantage point. They will be joined by a student speaker, who embodies and projects the best qualities and core values of a New School education.

  • Honorary Degree Recipients

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  • Distinguished Teaching Awards

    Recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards, including the Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Justice Teaching, are honored during Commencement with words of appreciation from graduating students. See this year’s recipients on the Teaching Awards page.

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