2016 Doctoral Convocation

On May 12, 2016, NYU Steinhardt faculty hooded 108 new doctoral graduates at the Doctoral Convocation, held in NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The program included remarks by Dean Dominic Brewer, NYU President Andrew Hamilton, Professor Marion Nestle, and doctoral graduates Edwina Adrien and William Simpkins. Monica Rae Martinez (MA ’91, PhD ’04) received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. The Convocation concluded with a rousing rendition of “New York, New York” by the Steinhardt Music Theatre Ensemble. More than 800 relatives, friends, and colleagues joined the graduates for the ceremony and reception.


Dominic Brewer, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean
“And wherever life takes you, remember, you are a piece of our history. You are the pride of the men and women who came together in 1890 to create our school. They broke new ground and you will too.”
Read Dean Brewer's speech

Faculty Speaker
Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies
“This is your chance to go out in the world and make it a better place – a much better place – for individuals and for society.”
Read Professor Nestle's speech

Student Speakers

William Simpkins, PhD, Administration, Leadership, and Technology
William Simpkins is a higher education student affairs scholar-practitioner whose work focuses on ensuring that all students may benefit from a college degree.
Read William Simpkin's speech

Edwina Adrien, DPT, Physical Therapy
Edwina Adrien has served in leadership roles within her department, including house leader and race coordinator for NYU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy’s 5K Benefit for the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
Read Edwina Adrien's speech

Alumni Honoree
Monica Rae Martinez, MA ’91, PhD ’04, Higher Education Administration
Monica Martinez is a senior fellow to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a presidential appointee to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and the co-author of the book Deeper Learning (The New Press, 2014).
Read Monica Martinez's award citation