NYU Shanghai Students Light up Inauguration Week

Sep 23 2016

The NYU community this week marks the passing of the torch to Andrew D. Hamilton, NYU’s 16th president, with a series of talks and special events that celebrate the community and character of the global university.

    Watch the LIVESTREAM of President Hamilton’s inauguration on September 25.

Among the highlights of the week’s events was a huge light show projected onto the Stern building on September 22. The Violet Lights display was created by NYU Shanghai students studying away in New York, under the direction of Interactive Media Arts Fellow Kyle Greenberg. Yue Sun, Yi Zhao and Peijuan J Chua spent the summer and into the fall building the animation and sound design, assisted by Kadallah Burrowes and Tristan Ermitage, all representing the class of 2018.

The week culminates in a convocation on Sunday, September 25, where Andrew Hamilton will be formally installed as NYU’s 16th president. The ceremony will be streamed live online and will be available to watch here from 11pm Sunday Shanghai time (11:00am–12:30pm EST).

Speaking ahead of ceremony about his appointment, President Hamilton said: “I came to NYU because I think it is the most exciting university in the world, one that is reimagining what it is to be a university in the 21st century: outstanding teaching, extraordinary research combined with a groundbreaking global presence that fosters diversity and a vital international perspective necessary in our interconnected world.”

President Hamilton has an acclaimed record of success as a leader in higher education and is a noted scientist.

He previously served as the vice chancellor of Oxford University—a post he held since 2009, and as professor of chemistry at Oxford. Prior to that, Dr. Hamilton served as provost (2004–08) of Yale University; he had previously been Yale’s deputy provost for science and technology.

He was named the 16th president of New York University in March 2015 and officially took up his duties on January 1, 2016.