Alexis L. Cohen, Class of 2012, was selected from a group of 17 representatives of NYU's schools and divisions as the student speaker for the 2012 All-University Commencement Exercises held in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
In her letter informing Dean Bertolami of Alexis's selection, Dr. Lynne P. Brown, NYU's senior vice president for university relations and public affairs, wrote: "Alexis is clearly a remarkable student and member of the NYU community, and I am confident she will serve as an excellent representative of the entire NYU student body during the ceremony." As all of her friends at the College of Dentistry know, Alexis is indeed "remarkable" and her selection as student speaker brings great honor to NYUCD.
Alexis, who received a dual degree in dentistry and in global public health on May 16, has demonstrated a passion to engage in the world at large and to make a difference through education and prevention. Self-described as someone who likes to think "big," she has without a doubt demonstrated a broad vision—not only excelling in her academic requirements but going well beyond them to tackle an exceptional array of extracurricular pursuits. She has consistently impressed her teachers, fellow students, and NYUCD staff with her combination of intelligence, unassuming demeanor, and solid leadership skills—whether it's promoting student involvement in our annual Oral Cancer Awareness Walk, spearheading student-led Haiti-relief efforts, volunteering in rural Guatemala, or participating in NYU outreaches to Grenada and Ghana with the goal of expanding access to disease prevention and sustainable health care.
Thinking "big" also describes Alexis's generosity of spirit. Through her personal example of dedication and passion, she succeeds in creating a community of purpose in all of her endeavors. NYUCD is extremely proud to have been represented by Alexis Cohen at the 2012 All-University Commencement Exercises.