Dear Member of the Class of 2020,
As we all know, 2020 has brought unique challenges—the onset of COVID-19 has changed life in every way—at least for the near future. This is indeed the Year of Courage, Creativity, and Community for NYU SPS. We have each been called upon to draw on inner resources, to ask for and offer support to friends, families, and others who have crossed our paths and been in need.
Our traditional and beloved pomp and circumstance NYU SPS Convocation Ceremony has been postponed, as you know, but we share your need and wish to also celebrate this May—to applaud and honor this most precious moment—your 2020 graduation. The excitement and joy of an in-person event cannot be replicated, but I am confident that, after all, #WeAreSPS, our spirit thrives, and even via remote technology, NYU SPS will always be prepared to celebrate! Our remote celebrations, which are being created by a committee of students, faculty, and staff, and are based on the feedback we received from you, our students, are scheduled as follows: May 18, 2020, for the graduate students, and May 21, 2020, for the undergraduate students. In the coming days, you will receive an invitation.
The University is currently in the process of evaluating alternatives for a rescheduled Commencement; please know that we are closely following their plans and will make every effort to ensure that the rescheduled NYU SPS Convocation occurs within the same timeframe. Knowing that everyone’s schedule cannot possibly be accommodated, we are also developing a virtual alternative for those unable to participate in person.
In closing, please know that my admiration and respect for all in this amazing community have only bloomed and deepened. I wish each and every one of you every blessing and every hope fulfilled. And may your sense of community and connection with NYU SPS be enduring and lifelong.
Susan Greenbaum, Ed.D.