Fireworks Light up the Skies over Saadiyat to Celebrate NYU Abu Dhabi's Class of 2019

A crowd of approximately 1,000 faculty, staff, students, and visiting family members enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display on campus

Press Release

The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) campus turned purple in celebration of the graduating Class of 2019, and a spectacular fireworks display drew crowds of over 1,000 faculty and staff as well as students and their family members and friends.

The Galleria mall in Abu Dhabi also displayed a message of congratulations to the graduates, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Headquarters lit up in NYUAD’s violet, both of which will be visible again this evening. This year marks NYUAD’s sixth Commencement ceremony, which will take place later today at its campus on Saadiyat Island.

These activities are part of the broader graduation celebrations across NYU’s global network with NYU celebrating their Commencement on May 22, and NYU Shanghai’s Commencement ceremony happening later this week on May 30.

NYUAD’s sixth Commencement will honor the achievements of the Class of 2019, the University’s largest class to date with some 275 students from more than 75 countries. The ceremony will include remarks from Paralympic ski medalist, Fortune 500 business consultant, Rhodes Scholar, former White House official, and best-selling author Bonnie St. John as well as NYUAD and NYU leadership.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.