2020 was a year like no other, but the NYU community remains stronger than ever. #ICYMI, here's a look back at this year's top stories from NYU alumni around the world.  

  • NYU alumni started 2020 off strong in January with over a dozen Golden Globe honorees
  • and continued into February with Academy Award and Grammy Award honorees.
  • Then March hit. Life changed quickly as the COVID-19 pandemic surged in New York and the rest of the United States. The Office of Alumni Relations kept alumni updated on the status of NYU
  • and highlighted ways NYU alumni could stay safely connected around the world.
  • As the new normal of the pandemic settled in during April, many alumni committed to staying home to #FlattenTheCurve. The Office of Alumni Relations built a hub alumni could use for NYU-related COVID information
  • ...discovering career resources...
  • ...upgrading their new digital backgrounds with NYU alumni-inspired graphics...
  • ...playing games designed for NYU alumni including digital coloring pages, bingo, Name That Movie: NYU Edition...
  • ...or reading the roundups series, which includes lists of NYU alumni music artists, podcasters, NYU-inspired recipes, NYU alumni-owned businesses, and more.
  • Alumni gave back to current NYU students as well by sending letters of support
  • ...and contributing to the NYU Emergency Relief Fund.
  • In May, alumni on the frontlines of the pandemic were featured in a series of first-hand accounts about their experiences as essential workers.
  • While Commencement didn't take place at Yankee Stadium this year, alumni came together to celebrate the Class of 2020 virtually.
  • June brought a wave of sustained protests and activism not seen since the 1960s. To address anti-Black racism and ensure equity for all community members, the Office of Global Inclusion compiled a comprehensive list of educational resources to provide further enrichment and education on anti-racism.
  • Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Global Student Leadership and Engagement Leah Lattimore (CAS ’04, STEINHARDT ’10, ’22) spoke on the vitality of equity and inclusion in our community, and how the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs responded to the current call for racial justice echoing around the world.
  • Throughout June and July, Black NYU authors were celebrated during #BlackoutBestsellerslist, which elevated and amplified underrepresented voices in the publishing industry.
  • For #BlackoutDay2020, a list of Black-owned alumni businesses was compiled. The list now includes more than 100 businesses from art to fashion to wedding services and everything in-between.
  • In August, some of the exemplary members of the Class of 2020 were showcased in a series of profiles.
  • And the NYU Alumni Association welcomed its new president: Dasha Rettew (GAL '14).
  • As in-person and remote classes resumed in September, the alumni community was updated on what life was like on campus.
  • And in its first virtual ceremony, the Emmys honored several NYU alumni with award wins and nominations.
  • This year's NYU Alumni Changemakers were announced, including leaders of philanthropic organizations and healthcare systems, a revolutionary biochemist, and an iconic author.
  • The first virtual NYU Alumni and Parents Weekend took place in October. With thousands of attendees, it was the largest NYU alumni event ever.
  • Along with NYU President Andrew Hamilton, it featured high-profile alumni guests like Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali (Tisch Grad Acting '00), actress Cathy Ang (STEINHARDT '17), and PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor (GSAS '15).
  • As the holiday season began in November, the NYU alumni community was updated about travel and the Spring 2021 semester.
  • And, coming full circle, NYU alumni were nominated for more awards—this time for the Tonys.
  • As we look forward to 2021, we hope that you and your families stay safe, healthy, and warm during the holiday season and beyond!