New York University President Andrew Hamilton and Board of Trustees Chairman William Berkley today named the honorees to be recognized at the University’s 188th and 189th Commencement Exercises—an unprecedented “doubleheader” event honoring the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022—which will take place Wednesday, May 18, at Yankee Stadium.
A traditional morning ceremony will be held for the Class of 2022, beginning at 11:00 am, and a combined ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021—whose celebrations were postponed due to pandemic-related restrictions—will take place in the evening at 6:00 pm
“I cannot overstate how thrilled I am to be coming together in person with graduates, parents, faculty, and honorees for NYU’s Commencement. Since 2019, we have been deprived of Commencement’s festive, communal joy, and its absence has been keenly felt,” said NYU President Andrew Hamilton. “Few groups of graduates are more deserving of a celebration than these classes: their pursuit of their studies disrupted, isolated by a daunting pandemic, these classes—2022, 2021, and 2020—have distinguished themselves with their grit, grace, and forbearance. We reconvene at Yankee Stadium with a renewed sense of appreciation for the act of celebrating together in person, a recognition of our graduates’ enormous achievements, and a respect for their character and perseverance.”
Singer, songwriter, producer, and director Taylor Swift will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, at the morning ceremony and address the graduates and guests on behalf of all the degree recipients for the Class of 2022. An 11-time Grammy winner, Ms. Swift is one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of his generation. She is the only female artist in history to win the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, three times. Her many awards and distinctions include being the most awarded artist ever in American Music Awards’ history along with being named Artist of the Decade; winner of the BRIT Awards International Female Solo Artist of the Year in 2015 and the Global Icon Award in 2021; and Billboard’s first-ever and only two-time winner of the Woman of the Decade Award. She is the only solo artist this century to have three albums reach No. 1 in one year.
Lifelong disability rights advocate Judith Heuman will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the evening ceremony, and will deliver the degree-recipients’ address to the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Ms. Heumann has been instrumental in the development and implementation of groundbreaking legislation supporting people with disabilities, including Section 504, the Individuals with Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Prior to founding Judith Heumann LLC, she served in the Clinton and Obama administrations. Her memory of her, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activistwas published in 2020 and she produces the podcast The Heumann Perspective, which spotlights members of the disability community. She is also featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.
Additional honorary degree recipients for the 2022 ceremony include: