Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2020!

We know that you worked very hard over the past few years to reach this important milestone - certainly one of many to come.


We are so proud of you!

Program

Celebratory Welcome from Dr. Cheryl G. Healton, Dean, NYU GPH

Presidential Welcome from Dr. Andrew Hamilton, President, NYU

Keynote Address from Dr. Raul Perea-Henze, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services for the City of New York

A Message from Ella Watson-StrykerU.S. Humanitarian Representative, Médecins Sans Frontières

A Message from Dr. Maria GuevaraSenior Operational Positioning and Advocacy Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières

A Message from the Class of 2020

Student Speaker Address from Pinkey Patel, Class of 2020 Student Speaker

Presentation of Awards

Presentation of 2020 Delta Omega Inductees

Faculty and Staff Farewell

Presentation of Graduates

Presentation of Advanced Certificate in Public Health Graduates

Presentation of Undergraduates

Closing Remarks from Dean Cheryl G. Healton


Graduation Ceremonies

2020 GPH Ceremony

In keeping with guidelines set by the University and public health officials around preventing the spread of COVID-19, we regretfully will not be holding an in-person ceremony this spring.

With our community's input, we will still honor our graduating student's hard work and dedication in earning their GPH degree!

Please keep Monday, May 18, 2020 marked on your calendars for GPH's Virtual Celebration! We are still committed to celebrating the Class of 2020!  

Join us for the 2020 NYU GPH Virtual Celebration with keynote speaker the Honorable Raul Perea-Henze, MD, MPH, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services, City of New York to be held virtually on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

☛ Please fill out this form to register for the online celebration.

We look forward to recognizing our graduates while safeguarding the health and well-being of the campus community and beyond.

For questions, please contact [email protected]


2020 All-University Commencement

The 2020 All-University Commencement Exercises, originally scheduled for May 20 at Yankee Stadium, have been postponed, as well as the individual school graduation ceremonies in New York. Read the full Commencement message from NYU President Andrew Hamilton.

Salute the Class of 2020 at our virtual celebration on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tune in online at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern time) for our virtual salute to our graduates.

☛ All-University Commencement Exercises Contact Information | For more information, check the Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Office of University Events:


Graduation Regalia

Graduating students can order their cap and tassel for free through the Herff Jones website! In order to receive them, please go to this website to place an order for the complimentary cap and tassel by Friday, April 24.

 Note | When placing your order select Tassel and when prompted select Cap & Gown on the top of the screen. You will then see the Cap and Tassel Gift Package listed. 


NYU Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations

NYU Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations were established to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students— undergraduate, graduate, professional studies.

The Office of Global Inclusion has shared information about the following celebrations:


2020 Graduation Awards and Honors Recipients

NYU GPH salutes outstanding undergraduate, graduate students and faculty who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence, scholarship, leadership, and service. 

Class Representative  A graduate student symbolically receives the degree during the NYU Commencement on behalf of the Graduate class - (Masters and Doctoral).

  • Yeerae Kim, MPH in Biostatistics

School Banner Bearer A graduate student carries the school banner and lead the processional during the New York University Commencement Exercises at Yankee Stadium and the GPH graduation ceremony.

  • Jennifer Arzu, MPH in Biostatistics

Student Speaker A student selected to deliver the student address at the GPH graduation ceremony. The student speaker is someone who represents the undergraduate and MPH/MA/MS/PhD graduating students. The student speaker will reflect the spirit of the graduating class with an exceptional commitment to public health and have demonstrated great potential for future contributions in the development of the field of public health.

  • Pinkey Patel, MPH in Public Health Management

Service to Community Award This award recognizes outstanding service and commitment to communities through engagement beyond the requirements of the degree. The awardees are nominated by students.

  • Francesca Minardi, MPH in Community Health Science & Practice 
  • Oyindamola Abbey-Peter, BA in Sociology and Global Public Health

Public Health Social Justice Award This award recognizes exceptional contributions to improving the life conditions of vulnerable individuals or communities. The awardees are nominated by students.

  • Michael Clark, MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • Dattlysha Simon, BA in Sociology and Global Public Health

Faculty of the Year Award The graduating students are asked to nominate a GPH Faculty Member who they feel provides exceptional instruction and care to their students. 

  • David Abramson, MPH, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Public Health Research Award This award is given by Faculty to students in recognition of excellence in the pursuit of research focused on improving the health of communities around the world.

  • Mallory Yung, MPH in Public Health Policy
  • Maimouna Faye, BA in Anthropology and Global Public Health
  • Andrew Han, BS in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health

Public Health Practice and Leadership Award This award is given by Faculty to students in recognition of scholarship and commitment to the public health community, and who have enormous potential for future contributions to the field of global public health practice.

  • Francesca Minardi, MPH in Community Health Science & Practice 
  • Juliana Esposito, BA in History and Global Public Health


Teaching Excellence Award This award is given by Faculty, Students and Alumni and to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated superior teaching, classroom innovation, mentorship and/or curriculum development at our School.  

  • Alexis Merdjanoff, MA, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Apply for Graduation

Students at the School of Global Public Health may officially graduate in September, January, or May.

In order to graduate in a specific semester (i.e. the semester in which all degree requirements will be completed), students must apply for graduation within the application deadline period.

See below for the application deadline for the semester in which you intend to graduate.

  • ➪ If you complete your degree requirements in the Spring semester: you will need to apply for May Graduation.
  • ➪ If you complete your degree requirements in the Summer semester: you will need to apply for September Graduation.
  • ➪ If you complete your degree requirements in the Fall semester: you will need to apply for January Graduation.

☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Make sure to apply by the deadline listed on this page to be considered as a candidate for graduation.

Doctoral students must also apply for graduation.

Students in dual degree programs must submit an application for each of the Schools in which they are enrolled.


Apply for Graduation on NYU Albert

All students must apply for graduation

  1. Log in to Albert. On the Home page go to the Academics section and click the Apply to Graduate button.
  2. Select your Academic Program
  3. Select the term you expect to graduate.  If there are no terms available you are not eligible to apply or you have already applied.
  4. Verify your information and submit your application.
  5. Confirm or change your diploma name, delivery address and method using the Diploma Options link.

☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Note that if you do not apply for graduation, you will not be able to attend the Commencement ceremony.

☛ Already applied?  Check your application status on Albert on the Academics page under Graduation.


Expected Term of Graduation

The term in which you expect to graduate is an important part of your student record, especially if you receive any form of financial aid. 

Make sure to verify or update your expected date of graduation on Albert in the Academics section under Graduation.


Dean's Exception

Dean’s Exceptions are students who are permitted to participate in Graduation Ceremonies although they have not yet completed their coursework  (with up to two courses outstanding to be completed in the Summer).

How to Apply for Dean’s Exceptions

  • Email your Program Advisor and [email protected] indicating that you would like to apply for a dean's exception.
  • Once approved, the Registrar will send you an email to confirm you have been approved.  

☛ Remember: in order to receive a Dean's Exception you will need to be already registered for your final summer requirement(s) first.


Receive your Diploma

Review the information in this section to learn about diploma delivery and distribution process and how to make sure that your information on it are correct. 

Diploma Name

By default, your "primary" name (as it is entered in Albert and as it appears on your NYU transcript) is printed on your diploma. You can elect to have your "preferred" (or chosen) name (as it is entered in Albert) printed on your diploma by updating the Diploma Options page in your Student Center before your conferral date. 

☛ IMPORTANT NOTE | Although NYU considers the diploma to be a ceremonial document, some countries may require your diploma (in conjunction with your official transcript) for various legal, immigration, and employment purposes.  Choosing to print your "preferred" name on your diploma may result in unforeseen complications due to the discrepancy between your diploma and other documents (e.g. transcript, passport, birth certificate, etc.) that contain your "primary" (i.e. legal) name.  To avoid such complications, we recommend printing your "primary" name on your diploma if you plan to live, study, or work outside of the United States.


Diploma Delivery

By default, your diploma will be mailed to your "permanent" address in Albert. You can elect to have your diploma mailed to a different address or indicate you will pick it up in person at StudentLink in Manhattan by updating the Diploma Options page in your Student Center before your conferral date.

➪ Change of Student Information

  • View this page if you would like to change your personal information (Name, Address, Gender Identity, Pronoun and much more).  
  • For additional info contact [email protected] or 212-998-4800.

Diplomas are mailed to your delivery address via trackable USPS mail about eight weeks after your degree has been awarded. Degrees are awarded after academic requirements have been met, including the posting of all grades and transfer credits.

The fastest, most reliable way to receive your diploma is to provide a mailing address within the United States.

☛ NOTE | Diplomas of students in financial arrears will be held until their financial obligations to the University are fulfilled and they have been cleared by the Bursar. You may contact the Office of the Bursar to discuss your financial status at the University. 


Additional Information about your Diploma

If you would like to request a replacement diplomas or you would like to change your name on the diploma after graduation visit this page.

For additional info contact [email protected] or 212-998-4260.


FAQs for Graduation 2020

When is the 2020 All-University Commencement?

The in-person 2020 All-University Commencement has been postponed. The date of the postponed Commencement ceremony will be determined once health and government restrictions are loosened and we are advised that it is safe to gather in large groups.

When is the 2020 School of Global Public Health Graduation Ceremony?

The in-person 2020 School of Global Public Health Graduation Ceremony has been postponed to a date that is yet to be confirmed due to the restrictions on large gatherings. Once our state and local officials lift the restrictions, we will be able to finalize the date and communications will be sent to your NYU email accounts.

When can I order tickets for both All-University Commencement and The School of Global Public Health Graduation Ceremony?

Once a new date is determined, we will provide information for reserving tickets.

How will I order academic attire for the postponed ceremonies?

Academic attire will be available for rental for the in-person ceremony (date TBD). Members of the Class of 2020 who rent academic attire will have attire shipped directly to them for the rescheduled in-person ceremony (date TBD).


 

When is NYU School of Public Health’s Virtual Celebration?

Monday, May 18th at 11am (Eastern time). Additional details will be sent out in the upcoming weeks to your NYU email account. 

Please Note: The virtual celebration is not intended to replace the full Graduation Ceremony. The Ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be rescheduled when it is safe to do so.

When is the All-University Commencement Virtual Celebration?

Wednesday, May 20th at 11am (Eastern time) 

The virtual celebration will be an online tribute to our graduates featuring remarks, music, and videos. It will be approximately 20 minutes long and will conclude with a virtual conferring of degrees by President Hamilton. A link to the celebration will be posted on the NYU Commencement website on Wednesday, May 20. It is open to the entire NYU community and the public.

Please Note: The virtual celebration is not intended to replace the full Commencement ceremony. Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be rescheduled when it is safe to do so.


 

Can I order academic attire as a keepsake for pictures?

NYU is pleased to provide members of the Class of 2020 with a keepsake cap and tassel as a gift to the graduates.  Associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s candidates will receive a mortarboard and tassel. Doctoral candidates will receive a doctoral tam and tassel.

Those who are eligible (May 2020 candidates, January 2020 graduates, and September 2019 graduates) must “order” their complimentary cap and tassel by Friday, April 24 to receive delivery before May 20th

To place the order please do so via this link

Please Note: when placing your order, select Tassel, and when prompted select Cap & Gown on the top of the screen. You will then see the Cap and Tassel Gift Package listed. 

Can I order a class ring or other graduation accessories?

Graduation accessories can be ordered through the Herff Jones website.  These additional accessories are at the graduate’s own expense.

I am graduating with my doctorate. How can I purchase custom academic attire?

Doctoral candidates/graduates who wish to purchase custom academic attire can do so on the Herff Jones website.

I donated to the 1831 Fund and was supposed to receive an NYU Philanthropy Cord. Will they still be distributed?

1831 Fund donors from the Class of 2020 who give a total of $18.31 or more will still receive the NYU Philanthropy Cord. The 1831 Fund Student Committee is currently working on a plan for how to best distribute cords based on when the rescheduled commencement takes place. More information will be shared to donors as it becomes available.


 

I only have to take one summer class to fulfill my degree requirement. Can I participate in the virtual graduation celebrations in May?

Students who have only one to two courses remaining to complete their degree requirements during the summer 2020 term may request permission to participate in commencement-related activities. 

Kindly email [email protected] (Subject: Dean’s Exceptions) and copy your Program Advisor if you would like to apply for a dean’s exception.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to graduates 6-8 weeks after graduation. Be sure to update your mailing address in Albert. For further information, visit the Registrar’s website.

Can I take a Graduation portrait?

NYU is working with our photography partners to provide virtual Commencement portraits. You can upload a photo of your choice (ideally in your cap and tassel), choose from a selection of NYU backgrounds, and download a digital version or request a free print.

More details will be shared with graduates and posted on the Commencement's website soon.

What about the cultural graduations?

NYU Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations were established to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students— undergraduate, graduate, professional studies.

The Office of Global Inclusion has shared information about the following celebrations:

Do you have questions about graduation?