New York University President Andrew Hamilton and the NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) will honor three exceptional members of the NYU community at its annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 21 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Martin Lipton
Martin Lipton Photo Credit: Sasha Maslov

Honorees include attorney Martin Lipton (LAW ‘55), Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley (STEINHARDT ’77, HON ’09), and actress Ali Stroker (TSOA ’09).

“These honorees are visionaries in their fields, leaders in their communities, and tremendous representatives of the University. We are extremely proud of all they have accomplished,” said Heather Cannady (CAS ’04), president, NYUAA.

"I am so excited and honored to be receiving the Alumni Award from NYU,” said Stroker. “This award represents determination and hard work and I am thrilled to be honored along side John Patrick Shanley, a playwright who I respect and admire so much."

Each year, the NYUAA invites alumni to celebrate distinguished members of the University who demonstrate extraordinary achievement and service to their professional, vocational, social, and cultural endeavors. This year, the NYUAA is pleased to honor the following alumni for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields and society:

  • Martin Lipton (LAW ‘55) is a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and specializes in advising major corporations on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. Throughout his illustrious career, Lipton has been instrumental in the continued growth of NYU and has used his talents to navigate New York City through a financial crisis, act as special counsel to the Department of Energy, help initiate NYU Law School’s faculty research program, and contribute to leading law journals. He served as chairman of the NYU School of Law Board of Trustees from 1988 to1998, and as chairman of the NYU Board of Trustees from 1998–2015. Lipton will receive the Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service.
  • John Patrick Shanley (STEINHARDT ’77, HON ’09) graduated as valedictorian with a degree in educational theatre. Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize-, Academy Award-, and Tony Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director. He has 23 plays and nine films to his credit, including his award-winning play Doubt: A Parable and its film adaptation and Academy Award-winning film, Moonstruck. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. Shanley will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
  • Ali Stroker (TSOA ‘09) was the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama department. A groundbreaking performer, she made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage, as the role of Anna in Deaf West's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. She will be appearing in the upcoming ABC drama Ten Days in the Valley, which premieres in a few months. A humanitarian and advocate, Stroker is a co-chair of Women Who Care, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of NYC; and is a founding member of Be More Heroic, an anti-bullying campaign. Stroker will receive the Distinguished Young Alumna Award.

The Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 12:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. at Gotham Hall in New York City. For more information or to register for this event, visit

About the NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA)
The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) is the umbrella organization for all University alumni from every NYU school. With a network of more than 470,000 NYU alumni worldwide, the mission of the NYUAA is to build and sustain a lifelong relationship between the University and its alumni through communication, programs, services, volunteering, and opportunities for lifelong learning.

John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Ali Stroker

Ali Stroker Photo Credit: Brigitte Jouxtel

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