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Dear SPS Students,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you all. As you have read, the University officially announced the postponement of NYU’s 188th All-University Commencement Exercises, due to take place in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, as well as the individual school graduation ceremonies.
The events over the last few weeks have changed our world and required us to meet unique challenges. Knowing the profoundly special place that our commencement exercises hold for our graduating students, we postponed making this decision as long as we could, in the hope that new information might lead us down a different path. Alas, that has not transpired. Now, more than ever, the COVID-19 crisis requires that we all do our part to safeguard public health and the wellbeing of those around us. Given the advice of public health officials, as well as the restrictions put in place by city and state authorities, our actions today and in the coming weeks can save thousands of lives and it is against this backdrop that this painful decision was made.
To the outstanding Class of 2020: You have worked so hard and have achieved so much. We have asked you to make unprecedented adjustments and now we write to you about the University’s decision to postpone the May Commencement Celebrations. As I recall my own graduation from New York University, I understand how deeply disappointing this is. However, I am also confident that your day to celebrate with the New York University community lies ahead and will be suffused with a special significance due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to its delay. Our promise is to celebrate you with the same vigorous enthusiasm and pride that you deserve. As the University explores opportunities for a rescheduled Commencement at a date still to be decided, we will do everything we can to reschedule the SPS Convocation Ceremonies (with a virtual option for those that are unable to participate on this new date/time).
In the meantime, I ask you to join me in re-imagining what is possible for near-term celebrations. Our NYUSPS Office of Student Affairs, together with our student leaders, is in the process of coming up with creative ways to honor this important milestone virtually and to make sure that each and every one of our graduates feels acknowledged for their truly remarkable, noteworthy accomplishments. We invite your ideas and suggestions and we count on your creativity, enthusiasm and collaborative spirit (a form will be sent to those who are graduating soliciting ideas).
With all my heart, I want to thank you - our students - for your strength, for your resilience, and for your courage. It is my greatest honor to lead the SPS community - a community defined by its innovative spirit, inclusiveness, and fortitude. We will meet this moment and emerge stronger in the end because #WeAreSPS.
Susan Greenbaum, Ed.D.