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Welcome to Senior Year! 

Senior year at Gallatin is a time of continued intellectual growth and celebration. Indeed, during senior year, students have the opportunity to engage in advanced coursework, participate in rewarding internships, conduct research, and create specialized tutorials with Gallatin faculty members. Moreover, seniors complete an important milestone in their time at Gallatin, writing the Rationale and List of Works and sitting their Senior Colloquium. Seniors also have the opportunity to propose and complete a Senior Project, a major research project that students develop with a faculty mentor that pushes their major concentration into new and exciting directions.

Senior year presents numerous moments for sharing academic achievements with other Gallatin students, faculty, friends, and family. Seniors particpate in the Gallatin Arts Festival, Senior Symposiumtheatrical productions, and the Gallatin Fashion Show.  

Senior year is also a time of preparation and transition for life beyond Gallatin. Seniors share with their faculty adviser and class adviser their future plans, visit the Wasserman Center for advice on navigating the job market, prepare materials for graduate school applications, apply to prestigious grants, awards, and fellowships, and ready themselves for professional employment.


Senior Class Advisers

Another important component of senior year at Gallatin is working closely with the Senior Class Advising team, who can help answer questions about senior-related concerns and connect seniors with resources at Gallatin and across NYU.

Your Senior Class Advisers are Rachel Bunker ( and Malik Walker ( Rachel advises seniors who have last names that begin with the letters A-K, while Malik advises seniors who have last names that begin with the letters L-Z.

Both Rachel and Malik are here to support your academic progress toward the completion of the degree. Please feel free to schedule an appointment with either of them via email to discuss any questions you have related to senior year and preparing for life after graduation. 

For your reference, the Office of Advising also maintains the Senior Class Email Archive. This Archive contains useful correspondence and updates sent at the beginning of each month to seniors by the seniors class advisers. 


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Graduation and Commencement

At the end of each academic year, students earning September, January, and May degrees celebrate together at the May graduation ceremonies. In December, the school hosts a Senior Toast to celebrate upcoming January graduates and to cheer on students with one semester remaining.

NYU Commencement is Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Given the challenges of the 2020-2021 academic year, no decision has been made yet as to what this year's graduation ceremonies will entail. In the meantime, if you have further questions about Gallatin Graduation, please consult the Gallatin Graduation Checklist. The NYU Commencement website has information regarding senior portraits, academic attire (i.e., cap and gown), graduation speakers, and more!

Upon graduation, students earn a BA Individualized Major from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. The NYU Registrar provides detailed information regarding Latin Honors. Diplomas are sent by mail to the permanent address on file a few months after graduation to the address on file in Albert. Additional questions about diplomas should be directed to the NYU Registrar after reading this information.