Order of Exercises

 

The Class of 2021 Banner Bearer

Nawal Ali, B.A.


The National Anthem of the United Arab Emirates
The National Anthem of the United States of America


Pronouncement

Arlie Petters
Provost


Student Welcome

Maitha AlSuwaidi, B.A.


Trustees Welcome

William R. Berkley
Chairman of the NYU Board of Trustees


Video Tribute to the Class of 2021


Student Speaker

Malak Abdel-Ghaffar, B.A.


Vice Chancellor’s Message

Mariët Westermann


Presentation of NYU Abu Dhabi Piano Prize

Awarded to Kacper Lecki, B.S.

The Piano Prize, being presented for the first time this year, is awarded annually to a senior graduating from NYU Abu Dhabi who best exemplifies former Provost Fabio Piano’s selfless devotion to science and to the wellbeing and excellence of our University. The Piano Prize will forever remind our academic community of the combined importance of research, excellence, and service in the life of NYUAD, on the model that Fabio Piano set for us in our first decade.

Presented by Mariët Westermann
Vice Chancellor


Distinguished Guest Speaker

Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri


Presentation of Global Leadership Award

Awarded to Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri

The NYU Abu Dhabi Global Leadership Award is given to a person whose actions embody the principles and values of the NYU Abu Dhabi community: to engage the world and celebrate its diversity and to advance the goal of a responsible, just, and peaceful globe.

Presented by Mariët Westermann
Vice Chancellor


President’s Message

Andrew Hamilton


Keynote Address

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


Presentation of Global Leadership Award

Awarded to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The NYU Abu Dhabi Global Leadership Award is given to a person whose actions embody the principles and values of the NYU Abu Dhabi community: to engage the world and celebrate its diversity and to advance the goal of a responsible, just, and peaceful globe.

Presented by Mariët Westermann
Vice Chancellor


Presentation of NYU Abu Dhabi Pandemic Leadership Award

Presented by Mariët Westermann
Vice Chancellor


Presentation of NYU Abu Dhabi Distinguished Alumni Award

Awarded to Chandan Mishra, Class of 2019

The Distinguished Alumni Award, which is being presented for the third time, honors an NYU Abu Dhabi graduate who exemplifies the commitment to intellectual and creative advance, the embrace and conceptual and ethical complexity, and the dedication to a more united, generous, and responsive world, which are at the core of NYU Abu Dhabi.

Presented by Kyle Farley
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students


Presentation of Candidates for Degrees

Deans representing each division will present their candidates. The presentations will be followed by the official conferring of degrees by President Hamilton.

Arts and Humanities - Awam Amkpa
Science - Marta Losada
Engineering - Samer Madanat
Social Science - Olivier Bochet


Ceremony of the Torch

Lucas Davidenco, B.A., Toby Le, Class of 2022

The NYU torch, symbolizing “academic purpose and authority,” has been an integral part of the University’s identity since 1911, and a part of its commencement ceremonies since 1938. In 2014, members of the NYU Abu Dhabi Design Collective collaborated to create a torch for NYU Abu Dhabi, which while remaining true to the structure of the original, incorporates elements drawn from local cultural heritage.

Likewise, the ceremony of the torch, inspired by the practice in New York by which a senior member of the faculty passes the torch to the youngest undergraduate degree candidate, has been adapted for NYU Abu Dhabi’s Commencement. Here, a member of the graduating class passes the torch to a member of the following year’s graduating class.


Conferral of Degrees

Andrew Hamilton


Closing Song

“We are Not Strangers”
Cast of The RealAD Show


Ceremony Concludes