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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
  • 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.

    In Spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for us to hold our traditional, full-scale, in-person commencement ceremony. Since the alternative virtual commencement format does not lend itself well to the conferral of honorary degrees, we have deferred the presentation of honorary degrees this year.

    Student Speakers

    Meet this year's honorary student speakers, representing each of the University's five colleges.

  • Distinguished Teaching Awards

    We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Awards

    2020 Distinguished University Teaching Award

    Alice Cohen, Schools of Public Engagement
    Evan Rapport, Eugene Lang College and Jazz
    Nancy Roach, Parsons School of Design
    Terry Williams, New School for Social Research

    2020 Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Justice Teaching

    Mindy Fullilove, Schools of Public Engagement


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