Tisch School of the Arts Commencement

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Clio McConnell, Arts Editor

Friday, May 23
11 a.m.
Radio City Music Hall
1620 Avenue of the Americas
950 bachelor degree graduates

The talent in the room was palpable at the Tisch School of the Arts commencement ceremony. Radio City Music Hall is no stranger to gifted performers, but rarely does it hold such a sheer number of extraordinary artists in the making. The Undergraduate Drama department performed their arrangement from the musical “Ragtime” and graduating senior Kiah Victoria sang a tribute to Tisch’s beloved dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, who is stepping down from her position after 23 years of service. The audience was abuzz with excitement in anticipation of honored speaker and NYU alumnus Martin Scorsese’s address, which was both conversational and inspiring. The legendary director included many anecdotes from his own time in college, when NYU was still Washington Square College. “It was [my cinema professor Haig Manoogian] and this school that taught me I could be more than crazy,” Scorsese said.

Clio McConnell is arts editor. Email her at [email protected]