Degree recipients from September and January, and degree candidates for May, are considered for the following awards, which are presented either at a Gallatin Graduation Award's Dinner preceding the Gallatin Graduation Ceremony, or during the Gallatin Graduation Ceremony:
School Banner Bearer—An undergraduate student selected by the faculty to carry the school banner and lead the processional during the New York University Commencement Exercises at Yankee Stadium and the Gallatin graduation ceremony at Lincoln Center.
Student Speaker—An undergraduate student selected to deliver the student address at the Gallatin graduation ceremony.
Richard J. Koppenaal Award for Distinguished Interdisciplinary Study—Given by the faculty to an undergraduate student who has completed an exemplary interdisciplinary program of study. This is Gallatin’s top academic award.
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 at Yankee Stadium. This award recognizes overall academic excellence.
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 at Yankee Stadium. This award recognizes overall academic excellence.
Rahul Hamid Award for Community Spirit (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)— This award honors the legacy of Rahul Hamid, former faculty and administrator at Gallatin. Given to students who best embody Rahul’s signal qualities – deep engagement with New York City and with Gallatin, intellectual curiosity, compassion, and kindness. This award recognizes outstanding scholarship and exemplary participation in community-building activities at Gallatin and NYU.
Léo Bronstein Homage Award (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)—Given by the Léo Bronstein Homage Endowment at Gallatin to a student who exemplifies the scholar/artist model of this great teacher, based on outstanding interdisciplinary achievements in the arts.
Special Service Award (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)—Given by the faculty and Dean in recognition of outstanding service to the Gallatin School and New York University.
Clyde Taylor Award for Distinguished Work in African-American and Africana Studies (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)—This award has been established in honor of the contributions of Clyde Taylor, Professor Emeritus at Gallatin. Given by the faculty to a student who has done distinguished work in African American or Africana Studies.
e. Frances White Award (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)—This award has been established in honor of the contributions of e. Frances White, Professor Emeritus at Gallatin. Given by the faculty to a student whose scholarly or artistic work or practice has impact or significance beyond the academy, particularly in the areas of African History, African American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Feminist Studies.
Award in Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)—Given to a student for outstanding interdisciplinary work.
Outstanding Service Award—The purpose of the President’s Service Award is to recognize the distinguished achievements of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and student organizations for their commitment to civic engagement and service in local communities across the University's global network or for their promotion of learning, leadership, and quality of student life at New York University.
Graduating Gallatin students can be nominated for graduation awards via the Graduation Awards Nomination Form. Nominations open in mid-January and are due by mid-February. Nominees must be eligible to walk in the May graduation ceremony and can include September and January graduates from that academic year.