“We learned how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.” – Catalina Escalona, Valedictorian, GLS Class of 2015

As you, the 2015 graduates of Global Liberal Studies, begin your first jobs, enroll in graduate school, and become NYU alumni instead of NYU students, I encourage you to remember all that you celebrated during this week of graduation.

In Global Liberal Studies, not only have you sharpened your problem-solving skills, built a strong foundation in world cultures, and pursued double majors, internships, and foreign language proficiency — you also have developed the rare ability to thrive amidst uncertainty.

You proved this as first-year students, enrolling in GLS during the program’s infancy. You proved it again when you dispersed throughout NYU’s global network for your junior year abroad, facing situations that challenged your foreign language skills, sense of boundaries, and understanding of your place in the world. With your senior theses, you proved it once again by pioneering original research on topics that you identified as most compelling.

Hold tight to your sense of adventure, your passion for charting new territory, and your confidence in doing so as you take the next steps toward your future. In our rapidly changing world, you can expect the unexpected — and as a GLS graduate, know that you are ready to meet it head on.


As the end of the spring semester nears, it’s my pleasure to look back on some of the events that made this semester such an engaging one for LS students:
(1) In February, recent GLS graduates shared a dinner with GLS seniors at the first GLS Alumni-Student Networking Event. Graduates in roles from Fulbright Fellow to product manager at Lyft shared job-search tips with GLS seniors considering their post-graduation plans.
(2) In March, Terrance Hayes, poet and MacArthur Fellow, gave a reading of his work in our Global Lecture Series. Hayes drew a large crowd from across NYU and accolades from NYU Local.
(3) In April the Liberal Studies Student Council hosted “We Are LS” Week, a series of events that celebrated our strong community. From a Global Bazaar featuring food and facts from around LS’s global network to an LS Talent Showcase, everyone had a chance to show their LS pride.
Now that May is upon us, we look forward to the Global Liberal Studies graduation and All-University Commencement, and the opportunities they give us to salute the many accomplishments of the NYU Class of 2015.
Students discuss Berlin during the LS Global Bazaar.