Graduation Day Video


NYU Shanghai held its Inaugural Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 28 at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.  

Wearing violet robes, the 264 graduates, who hail from China, the United States and 31 other countries, processed into the hall in front of dignitaries, friends and families who travelled from around the world to celebrate the historic inaugural graduation.

The ceremony opened with a message from Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, congratulating NYU Shanghai on its "remarkable success in innovating school-running system and mechanism, cultivating outstanding talents and boosting cultural exchanges.”


Click here for photos from the day.


See the full program below. 


The Academic Procession in Orders of March

NYU Shanghai Class of 2017

Led by

Banner Bearer

Gu Sheng, B.A.

Torch Bearer

Tyler Rhorick, B.A.


NYU Shanghai Faculty

Led by

Chief Marshals

Zhang Qiyi, Director of Chinese Language Program

Clay Shirky, Associate Professor


Platform Party

NYU Shanghai Leadership

NYU Leadership

Student Speakers

Distinguished Guests


Order of Exercises

Welcome by Chancellor and Vice Chancellor


The National Anthem of the People’s Republic of China

The National Anthem of the United States of America



Joanna Waley-Cohen,



NYU President’s Message

Andrew Hamilton



William R Berkley, Stern ‘66

NYU Chairman of the Board of Trustees


Alumni Welcome

Andre Koo, Stern ’94

President of the NYU Pan-Asia Alumni Association


Student Speakers

Introduced by Charlene Visconti, Dean of Students

Roxanne Roman, B.A.

Zeyu Zhao, B.A.


NYU Shanghai Chancellors’ Message

Chancellor Yu Lizhong

Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Lehman


Awarding of the Chancellors’ Medal of Honor

Zhou Wen Zhong, Former Chinese Ambassador to the United States

Wang Shi, Founder and Chairman of China Vanke


Presentation of Candidates for Degrees


Conferral of Degrees

Yu Lizhong for NYU Shanghai and Andrew Hamilton for NYU


Ceremony of the Torch

Tyler Rhorick, B.A.

Dylan Crow, Class of 2018


Closing Song

“NYU Shanghai Alma Mater”

Written and composed by Jeremy Hissong, Renzhong Joyce Tan, and Dianna Heldman

Performed by the NYU Shanghai Chorale