New York University is pleased to recognize several distinguished individuals at this year's All-University Commencement Exercises.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement for the Class of 2022

 A photograph of honorary degree recipient Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (Credit: Beth Garrabrant)

Taylor Swift

Singer, songwriter, producer, and director Taylor Swift will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, at the Commencement for the Class of 2022 and will deliver remarks on behalf of the honorary degree recipients.

 A photograph of honorary degree recipient Susan Hockfield

Susan Hockfield

Susan Hockfield

Susan Hockfield, President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive a Doctor of Science, honoris causa.  

 A photograph of honorary degree recipient Felix V. Matos Rodríguez

Félix V. Matos Rodríquez

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor of the City University of New York, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.  


Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021

A headshot of honorary degree recipient Judith Heumann, a woman with short brown hair who uses a wheelchair.  She is wearing glasses, a maroon and black embroidered cardigan with the top buttoned, and a matching maroon shirt. She is smiling kindly.

Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann

Lifelong disability rights advocate Judith Heumann will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the Commencement for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, and will deliver remarks on behalf of the honorary degree recipients.

A photograph of Honorary Degree Recipient Lonnie G. Bunch III.

Lonnie G. Bunch III (Credit: Robert Stewart, Smithsonian Institution)

Lonnie G. Bunch III

Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie G. Bunch III will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

A photograph of Honorary Degree Recipient Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore (Credit: Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard University)

Jill Lepore

Harvard professor of history, author, and journalist Jill Lepore will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.


Gallatin Medals and Rudin Awards

Additional honors will be presented at pre-Commencement events.

The Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society will be presented to two recipients this year.

  • Joel S. Ehrenkranz (LAW '61, '63)—NYU trustee; NYU School of Law life trustee; founding partner, Ehrenkranz Partners LP; and noted philanthropist—will receive the honor for his lifelong commitment to expanding opportunities for talented students of modest means and for his success in promoting a dynamic and inclusive arts community in New York and around the world.
  • Evan R. Chesler (ARTS '70; LAW '75)—renowned litigator, educator, philanthropist, NYU trustee, NYU School of Law trustee, and Chair of the NYU Arts and Science Board—will be recognized for his extraordinary support for the NYU community as a generous patron, avid mentor, and inspired educator, as well his outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

The Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City will be presented to Mitchell L. Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning and director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration at NYU.