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An aerial view of Yankee Stadium shows the crowd of graduates, family and friends who attended NYUs commencement ceremony for the class of 2022.

NYU ’20, ’21, ’22 grads honored at double-header commencement 

Tens of thousands of NYU graduates were honored at two graduation ceremonies at Yankee Stadium on May 18, which featured singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and disability rights activist Judith Heumann as speakers.
Abby Wilson, News Editor May 20, 2022

NYU’s 188th and 189th commencement ceremonies honored the classes of 2022, 2021 and 2020 at Yankee Stadium on May 18. Tens of thousands of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and...

Judith Heumann waves to the crowd while on stage after delivering remarks during NYUs commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. NYU graduates and administrators cheer and clap their hands behind her. The backdrop of the stage is several NYU school flags.

Judith Heumann to NYU grads: ‘Disability is difference. It is not deficiency.’

Judith Heumann spoke about COVID-19 and disability activism at the combined commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. The in-person commencement ceremonies for these classes were canceled due to the pandemic.
Rachel Fadem, Features Editor May 20, 2022

Disability rights activist Judith Heumann addressed NYU’s classes of 2020 and 2021 at the university’s 189th commencement ceremony after she received an honorary Doctor of...

Graduate Ayham Adawi in purple graduation robe holds the NYU Abu Dhabi banner. A crowd of graduates in purple robes are seen in the background.

Abu Dhabi, Shanghai seniors come together at NYC commencement

NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai seniors represented their schools during the university commencement ceremony for the class of 2022.
Roshni Raj, Culture Editor May 20, 2022

For most students, commencement is a day to bring everyone together. Some families drive from New Jersey, while others fly from across oceans, all to watch their loved ones graduate....

Two graduates in purple graduation robes crouch in front of a ring light camera to take a picture. There are other graduates, friends and family members walking around them. In the background, there banners for NYU Connect.

Advice for incoming first-years from NYU’s newest graduates

NYU grads from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 shared memories and wisdom while attending their commencement ceremonies at Yankee Stadium on May 18.
Abby Wilson and Rachel Fadem May 20, 2022

Tens of thousands of NYU graduates came together to celebrate their achievements and reflect on their time at the university during two commencement ceremonies held at Yankee Stadium...

Taylor Swift hugs NYU president Andy Hamilton. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

Here’s what Taylor Swift said during her NYU graduation speech

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift spoke about hard work, the importance of learning from mistakes, and her song “22” at the class of 2022 commencement exercises.
Rachel Fadem, Features Editor May 18, 2022

Taylor Swift spoke at NYU's 188th commencement ceremony after receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree on May 18. She delivered a speech to the class of 2022 at the Wednesday...

An illustration of the silhouettes of three NYU Campus Safety officers, standing with the hands clasped in front of their bodies. None of their faces have been drawn.

Inside NYU’s troubled Campus Safety department

Abby Wilson and Maria Freyre May 17, 2022
NYU Campus Safety officers speak out about their frustrations toward their leadership, and how an accreditation system and the university’s COVID-19 protocols have impacted their work.
Judith Heumann sits in a warmly lit room holding up two of her books, Being Heumann and Rolling Warrior. She is wearing a blue top with floral embroidery. In the background, two vases sit on a shelf and a lamp can be seen.

Judith Heumann on NYU commencement and disability activism

Rachel Fadem, Features Editor May 17, 2022
Disability rights activist Judith Heumann will speak about the importance of political action and advocacy during a combined graduation ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021 on May 18.
Protesters walk down University Place holding a large sign that reads “NYU owes adjuncts.” A police officer on a moped directs traffic in front of the marching protesters.

A letter to President Hamilton: Adjunct faculty are essential to NYU

More than a thousand members of ACT-UAW Local 7902, the union representing adjunct professors at NYU, have written a collective letter to President Andrew Hamilton emphasizing their role at the university as they bargain for a new contract.
NYU Adjunct Faculty May 17, 2022

A stage with a purple backdrop and banners representing NYUs schools and colleges hang in the background. A podium is at the center, and NYU president Andrew Hamilton stands behind it wearing a purple academic robe. He is speaking with one hand raised in the air. Surrounding him are seated commencement guests, also dressed in purple academic robes.

NYU Commencement Guide: How to watch Taylor Swift’s speech online and more

On May 18, NYU is honoring the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 after two years of virtual graduation ceremonies. Here is what you need to know about the day.
Tori Morales, Staff Writer May 17, 2022

As May 18 comes closer and purple-robed seniors stroll through Washington Square Park, NYU is preparing for its first in-person commencement ceremonies at Yankee Stadium since...

Lexie Alford, the youngest person ever to visit every country, holds up a sign that reads Country #111 in front of the The Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing, China.

Q&A: Guinness World Record holder Lexie Alford on traveling to every country

After studying away, we thought we were expert solo travelers — until we sat down with the youngest person ever to visit every single country.
Anthony Ferrara and Roshni Raj May 6, 2022

Last semester, we studied away at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU London, where we fully immersed ourselves in the local cultures. Over 40% of NYU students study away for at least one 16-week...

People hold signs at an abortion rights protest in Washington Square Park. Signs include Legalize abortion once and for all, We will not go back, and My body my choice.

Thousands rally for abortion rights across NYC in wake of leaked Roe ruling

New Yorkers, including elected officials and celebrities, took to Foley Square, Washington Square Park and the Barclays Center to protest a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Kayla Hardersen and Nicole Lu May 5, 2022

Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Foley Square on Tuesday to advocate for abortion rights and protest against the Supreme Court draft opinion leaked by Politico on Monday....

The alleged intruder in an NYU lounge. He has light skin and glasses, and is wearing a green baseball cap backwards. He is also wearing an orange jacket under a dark gray coat.

Rubin Hall intruder’s identity revealed in police report 

Ahmed Mabrouk has been named as the intruder who entered Rubin Hall in April, staying overnight multiple times and interacting with residents.
Lauren Ashe, Senior Staff Writer May 4, 2022

A police report filed by NYU named Ahmed Mabrouk as the intruder who entered Rubin Hall and interacted with several NYU students in and around the dormitory last month. Mabrouk...