May 2017: Congratulations, inaugural graduates! Learn more on NYU Shanghai’s commencement ceremony and the unveiling of Qihang study room!

June 1, 2017

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Campus News

NYU Shanghai Holds Very First Graduation

On May 28, NYU Shanghai’s pioneering Class of 2017 earned their NYU bachelor’s degrees as well as an NYU Shanghai diploma. The 264 graduates—hailing from China, the United States and 31 other countries—walked the hall of Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Center, packed with professors, friends, siblings and proud parents who travelled from around the world to celebrate the first Sino-US joint research university’s inaugural graduation ceremony.

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Building Dreams in Shanghai

On May 22, NYU Shanghai’s Commencement Photo Exhibition premiered at the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower’s Visitor Center. A memorandum of understanding between the University and the Tower was also signed to promote cooperation in boosting students’ extracurricular activities.

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Sharing the Fun of Research

On May 20, the first annual NYU Shanghai Undergraduate Research Symposium showcased student research across all disciplines, presented before professors, peers and potential employers. To celebrate the symposium, students from Music Arts, Theater Arts and Dance brought to life a wonderful performance that included the first public rendition of the University’s Alma Mater.

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Admissions Corner


Make NYU Shanghai Your First Choice

To all of our rising seniors: the NYU Shanghai admissions process for Fall 2018 is starting soon!  Our admissions officers will start traveling around the world to visit high schools and Chinese language classrooms from September through December.  In the meantime, don’t forget to create your Common App account after August 1, 2017 and make sure to mark Shanghai as your first choice campus on the NYU Member Questions page.  If you have any questions at all, email us at

Building the University


Qihang Study Room Unveiled

On May 26, The NYU Shanghai community unveiled the new “Qihang Study Room,” located in the academic building’s 4F Library. The room is dedicated to the graduating Class of 2017 by many of their parents. Around 20 parents attended the reception organized by the NYU Shanghai Education Development Foundation in recognition of their sustained contributions and support of the University.

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Parent Shout-outs

When I saw my daughter in the Oriental Pearl Tower send-off performance, laughing and dancing among her classmates, I knew that she actually had mixed feelings - on one hand, I sensed she felt sad to leave, on the other hand, excited and looking forward to the future. For me, the most touching moment was seeing her in her violet graduation gown,  receiving her degree certificates from the chancellor and vice chancellor, and heading to the next stage of her life. I was very proud to attend the inaugural commencement ceremony and share in this happiness with all of these excellent students!

------Wu Weiping, Class of 2017 parent


NYU Shanghai In Media

NYU Shanghai Inaugural Class Students Graduate

Shanghai Daily reported on the 264 graduates celebrating the inaugural graduation of the first Sino-US joint research university at Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Center.

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Make the World Your Major

Knews interviewed Gu Sheng ‘17 and Chancellor Yu about their perspectives on diversification and globalization at NYU Shanghai.

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A Wish For Beautiful Dreams

Wenhui Daily posted Chancellor Yu's speech from  the inaugural commencement ceremony which encouraged students to connect their personal dreams with the dreams of humanity and the world.

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Student Spotlight


Roxanne Roman ‘17 Speech at Yankee Stadium

Congrats to NYU Shanghai seniors Roxanne Roman, Kevin Pham and Zhang Zhan, who represented NYU Shanghai at the All-University Commencement in New York on May 17. Pham served as NYU Shanghai’s banner bearer, while Zhan served as the school representative and Roman delivered the Student Address.

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