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Wednesday, May 21
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
32 bachelor degree graduates
Cheers of celebration radiated throughout Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center when the 54th graduating class of the Silver School of Social Work proudly entered the auditorium. After the procession, dean Lynn Videka welcomed the graduates and their loved ones to the convocation. Videka poignantly spoke of the graduates’ commitment to transforming society through public service prior to introducing the event’s keynote speaker, Jeane Anastas. The president of the National Association of Social Workers and an NYU professor, Anastas reminded students that while they would face challenges in their careers as social workers, the profession they had chosen was profoundly worthwhile. She referenced the contributions the field has made to the health industry, veteran care and social justice movements before noting that, “One does not need a passport to do global social work in New York City.” Undergraduate student speaker Anthony Bracco thanked faculty, family members and fellow graduates, compelling his peers to “stay persistent in [their] passions.” The baccalaureate candidates then took to the stage to receive their diplomas. Following the presentation of the final degree, the hall erupted in a thunderous and congratulatory applause.
Christina Coleburn is a deputy opinion editor. Email her firstname.lastname@example.org.