The Tandon School of Engineering 168th Commencement
Thursday, May 18, 2023
(doors open at 7:30 am)
We are thrilled to announce that the ceremony honoring the graduation of the Class of 2023 will feature a commencement address from Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, esteemed educator and President Emeritus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The event will be live-streamed here.
Graduating students can find key dates and other information on Student Life's Commencement page.
The author of the highly regarded book The Empowered University and the co-founder of the nationally recognized Meyerhoff Scholars Program, Dr. Hrabowski is renowned for helping thousands of students from groups underrepresented in STEM succeed in challenging graduate programs and research positions.
His goals and messaging resonate deeply for NYU Tandon, an institution dedicated to the premise that diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments are not tangential to excellence and accomplishment, but rather, absolutely vital to their attainment. There are few more fitting figures to help us celebrate all we have achieved as a group and to light our path forward.
In 2008, Dr. Hrabowski was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, and the editors of TIME deemed him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009 and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012 — the year in which he became chair of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, National Academy of Public Administration, and American Philosophical Society, among other groups, he served as Harvard’s inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecturer and a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Academies. In his honor, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently launched the Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program, aimed at building a scientific workforce that more fully reflects our increasingly diverse country.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Hrabowski back to Tandon after the virtual lecture he gave in November 2022 for Tandon’s Day of Learning — an annual event spearheaded by the Office of Inclusive Excellence to highlight inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity. A dynamic and impassioned speaker, Dr. Hrabowski’s address will confirm why he has attained such distinguished status in education circles.