Commencement Day Video Highlights

Jun 13 2017
Written by NYU Shanghai

NYU Shanghai held its first ever graduation at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center on May 28. Here we take a look back on some highlights from the ceremony:

The event opened with a message of congratulations from the Vice Premier of China, Liu Yandong, who paid tribute to the University’s achievements over the past four years. Madame Liu praised the first Sino-American university for “cultivating outstanding talents and boosting cultural exchanges” between the two countries.


She expressed hope that China and the U.S can jointly make efforts to foster creative talents while strengthening the mutual understanding and friendships between the two countries’ younger generations.


The message was delivered by Xu Tao, Head of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges in China’s Ministry of Education, who stepped up to the podium to address NYU Shanghai graduates, faculty and staff.



“We will miss you not only for your excellence but also for your braveness in exploring new possibilities and willingness in taking risk,” said Chancellor Yu Lizhong, who called on the graduates to make their dreams meaningful and influential. “No matter where you will be and what job you will take, you will continue to be part of NYU Shanghai’s history.”


Vice Chancellor Jeff Lehman concluded his hopes for the pioneering class of 2017 by reminding them that they “will always be members of the NYU Shanghai family. And we will always be happy to welcome you home.”

Drawing cheers from their classmates, Roxanne Roman ‘17 and Zhao Zeyu ‘17 joined the platform party and delivered inspired remarks that proved to be, for many, one of the soaring highlights of the event.


Bringing the ceremony to a close was a moving rendition of the University’s alma mater, written and composed by NYU Shanghai staff, and performed by the NYU Shanghai Chorale.