Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Lola and My, 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

As you stand on the verge of your post-college life, I invite you to look back at all that you have accomplished in the past four years. For some of you, that includes mastering the language spoken in a new country or traveling to dozens of the cities on your bucket list. For others, that includes expanding your horizons with a second major or multiple minors, or building community by leading an NYU club or engaging in community service in another culture. Still more of you will count among your achievements internships at important organizations both in New York and around the world. And for all of you, your thesis research marked your transition from student to scholar. As you explored remote villages of South America and studied the subcultures of Europe, as you fostered awareness about the global refugee crisis and cataloged the stories of migrants, as you examined cultural and economic trends in Asia, you have already made a profound impact on our world. I know that as you leave NYU you will take this experience with you and you will continue to promote change, to think creatively, and to embrace new opportunities.

Congratulations, Class of 2016!