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  • Honorary Degree Recipients - Commencement
  • 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 New School students and alumni, 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 speakers, who manifest the core values and best qualities of The New School.

  • Student Commencement Speakers 2021

    Student speakers for Virtual Commencement 2021 include students 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 are students who have excelled in their studies at The New School and embody and project the core values and best qualities of the university. These candidates deliver concise and compelling remarks that resonate with and inspire their fellow graduates.

  • Distinguished University Teaching Awards

    This year, we are pleased to recognize six distinguished faculty members at Commencement: five recipients of the Distinguished University Teaching Award and one recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Justice Teaching. Congratulations to all!

    • Jonathan Bach, Schools of Public Engagement
    • Nicki Pombier Berger, College of Performing Arts
    • Jimmy Owens, College of Performing Arts
    • Mia Charlene White, Schools of Public Engagement (Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Justice Teaching)
    • Matt Whitman, Parsons School of Design
    • Nadia Williams, Parsons School of Design





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