NYU Steinhardt Hosts New York City Public Schools’ Graduation Ceremonies

For two days in June, more than 1,300 students from twelve New York City public schools took part in graduation ceremonies at NYU. From morning until early evening — in back-to-back ceremonies — nine high schools and three secondary schools celebrated their students’ rites of passages with diplomas, speeches, music, and refreshments at NYU’s Fredrick Loewe Theatre, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and the Eisner and Lubin Auditorium in the Kimmel Center for Student Life.

Rosa Riccio Pietanza, coordinator of partnership schools for Steinhardt’s teacher education programs, noted that the ceremonies had special value for the middle school students who graduated at NYU.

“By hosting secondary school graduation ceremonies at the NYU campus, we are welcoming students and their families into the university setting and reinforcing students’ college aspirations, Riccio Pientnza said.

NYU Steinhardt’s partnership schools – there are 23 in all – are elementary, middle and high schools, where students in Steinhardt’s teacher education programs do their fieldwork and student teaching.

Students who took part in graduation ceremonies at NYU came from Collaborative Academy of Science, Technology and Language Arts, Essex Street Academy, Gramercy Arts High School, Henry Street School for International Studies, High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, Landmark High School, Manhattan School for Career Development, M.S. 131, Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, University Neighborhood High School, and University Neighborhood Middle School.

The ceremonies were sponsored by NYU Steinhardt and NYU’s Office of Civic Engagement.

Photo: Students from Essex Street Academy celebrate at NYU.