NYU Steinhardt Honors Desmond Child (BS ’76), Anitta Fox (BA ’42, MA ’47), and Mildred Garcia (MA ’77) at 2018 Graduation Ceremonies


On Thursday, May 10th, NYU Steinhardt kicked off NYU’s graduation season with its an annual Doctoral Convocation, an academic procession of doctoral candidates through the streets of Washington Square.  A celebration for baccalaureate and master’s students will take place on Tuesday, May 15th at Radio City Music Hall.

At each of the three ceremonies, the School’s Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to alumni whose work has made an impact on society.

This year’s Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:

Baccalaureate Ceremony

DESMOND CHILD, BS ’76

Desmond Child is a Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated songwriter; a hit-maker, film and television producer, a recording artist, performer, and motivational speaker.  His credits appear on more than eighty Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades, including “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and “I Was Made for Lovin’ You.”  His genre-defying collaborations span Aerosmith to Zedd, and include Bon Jovi, KISS, Cher, Joan Jett, Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood. Child was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and serves on its Board of Directors, as well as the Board of ASCAP.

Valedictory Ceremony

ANITTA FOX, BA ’42, MA ’47

Anitta Fox was among the first graduates of Steinhardt’s Department of Occupational Therapy. She devoted her career to working hands on with patients and helped create the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her experience as a clinician is included in Ordinary Miracles: True Stories About Overcoming Obstacles and Surviving Catastrophes (Slack, 2003).  A Holocaust survivor, her story is told in Unconquerable Souls, a documentary created by the Holocaust Council  of Greater Metro West.

Doctoral Convocation

MILDRED GARCÍA, MA ’77

Mildred García is the president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Prior to joining AASCU, Dr. García was president of California State University, Fullerton—the largest university in the CSU and the third largest university in the state, serving over 40,000 students. As president of AASCU, Dr. García advocates for public higher education working to influence federal policy; developing collaborative partnerships and initiatives; and directing a strategic agenda that focuses on public college and university leadership for the 21st century. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; and the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve on the Committee on Measures of Student Success.

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