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Graduation and Commencement Awards

New York University and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study have long-standing traditions of bestowing awards at the Graduation ceremonies to students and faculty who are nominated by members of the community. Below are descriptions of the awards that are given. The student and faculty speakers are also selected from candidates who are nominated. Students, faculty, and the Gallatin administration may submit nominations for awardees and speakers online.

Note: The Gallatin Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award has been established to recognize faculty who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the Gallatin School through their teaching. For more information please contact Jessica Lee, Office Manager, Dean's Office, at jal507@nyu.edu.

School Banner Bearer

The student selected by the faculty to carry the school banner and lead the processional during the New York University Commencement Exercises.

  • 2012 Recipient: Michael Sandmel

Bachelor of Arts Degree Representative 

The student selected by the faculty to represent the entire class of Bachelor of Arts degree recipients and candidates at the New York University Commencement Exercises.

  • 2012 Recipient: Emma Young

Master of Arts Degree Representative 

The student selected by the faculty to represent the entire class of Master of Arts degree recipients and candidates at the New York University Commencement Exercises.

  • 2012 Recipient: Harmeet Sidhu

 Alumnae Club Key Pin Award Recipient

An award given by the Alumnae Club to a female student for her outstanding scholarship and exemplary participation in extracurricular activities.

  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Kathryn Lockwood
  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Sarah Hayes

 Leo Bronstein Award

An award given by the Léo Bronstein Homage Endowment at Gallatin to a student whose work follows in the spirit of this great scholar/teacher.

  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Shraddha Borawake
  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Sima Cunningham
  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Sam Galison
  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Isabella Rossellini
  • 2012 Graduate Recipient: Madeline Sayet

Special Service Award 

An award given by the faculty and dean in recognition of outstanding service to the Gallatin School and New York University.

  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Jon Chan
  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Darrian O'Reilly
  • 2012 Graduate Recipient: James Gain

Richard J. Koppenaal Award for Distinguished Interdisciplinary Study 

An award given by the faculty to a student who has completed an exemplary interdisciplinary program of study.

  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Alex Boehm
  • 2012 Undergraduate Recipient: Joshua Barocas

Student Speaker 

The student selected to deliver the student address at the New York University Commencement Exercises.

  • 2012 Recipient: Stephen Brown

Faculty Speaker 

The faculty member selected to represent the faculty at the New York University Commencement Exercises.

  • 2012 Recipient: Ritty Lukose

Adviser of Distinction 

An award given to a faculty adviser in recognition of excellence in advisement and mentoring, the cornerstone of the Gallatin program.

  • 2012 Recipient: Scott Korb