• Each year, The New School awards honorary degrees to individuals who exemplify the interests and ambitions of the graduating class. As part of our Commencement ceremony, celebrated figures are heralded for their unique contributions and formally decreed members of this scholarly community.

    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.

    With such a remarkable range of honorees, The New School is taking a nontraditional approach to the commencement speaker format. Each honoree has been invited to briefly address the graduates, sharing insights and advice from her unique vantage point.

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