On May 8, the NYU College of Nursing (NYUCN) held its first-ever graduation
ceremony after nearly 75 years as a division of the Steinhardt
School of Education. Elevated to the stature of a College within the NYU
College of Dentistry in September 2005, the graduation saw Dr. Antonia Novello,
the New York State Health Commissioner, deliver the graduation
address. Mrs. Judith Giuliani, a registered nurse and the wife of the former
Mayor, received the NYUCN Humanitarian Award in recognition of her outstanding
efforts on behalf of New Yorkers following the September 2001 terrorist
attacks. The ceremony was held at the New Amsterdam Theatre in
mid-town Manhattan. Of the 289 graduates, 175 received bachelor's degrees,
97 received master's degrees, nine received doctoral degrees and eight received
Days later, on May 11, NYUCD celebrated its own graduation at The Theater at Madison Square Garden with Dr.
Jonathan L. Ferencz delivering the keynote address. Dr. Ferencz, an alumnus of the College and a faculty member,
also serves as a Special Assistant to the Dean and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. Dr. Ferencz received
the David B. Kriser Medal in recognition of his contributions and commitment to postgraduate prosthodontic
education at NYU and the future of the dental profession.
Three-time Emmy Award winner and oral cancer survivor Jack Klugman received the Dr. Harry Strusser Memorial
Award. Mr. Klugman, who created the indelible characters of Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple" and Quincy in
"Quincy, M.E.", was recognized for his nationally-televised public service announcements educating the public
about the importance of early detection of oral cancer.
The College presented 44 Advanced Education Program certificates, three
certificates in clinical research, 10 master of science degrees
in clinical research, five master's degrees in biomaterials, 66
associate in applied science degrees in dental hygiene, three bachelor's
degrees in dental hygiene, and 326 DDS degrees.