‘Your triumph is our triumph’

The NYU Stern Undergraduate College honored graduating seniors at the 2014 Baccalaureate Ceremony.

A crowd of over 5,000 people gathered at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the class of 2014 at the NYU Stern Undergraduate College’s annual Baccalaureate Ceremony.
Undergraduate College Dean Geeta Menon delivered the opening remarks, and recognized all graduates for their ambition, creativity and collaborative spirit. Dean Menon reflected on the students’ experiences at Stern, and encouraged them to continue to grow intellectually, personally and professionally.
“You are going out there to change the world in a very positive way, by contributing your individual talents that are unique to you,” said Menon. “And together, you are going to leave an indelible mark that only Stern alumni can.”
Kimberly Pham (BS ’14), the winner of this year’s student speaker competition, encouraged her fellow graduates to pursue their passions and celebrate the characteristics that make them unique.
“I hope you cherish what makes you an individual, and I hope you feed off the curiosity and enthusiasm of those you surround yourself with,” said Pham, who will join Frontline Ventures in Europe as a venture capital investor this summer.
The distinguished speaker at this year’s Baccalaureate Ceremony was Craig Hatkoff, who co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival alongside filmmaker Jane Rosenthal and actor Robert De Niro. The festival was launched in 2002 to help revitalize lower Manhattan, following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and it has since grown to be the largest film festival in North America and a film industry mainstay.
Hatkoff encouraged graduates to take chances, learn from failures, and use their Stern education as a foundation for future success.
“Class of 2014, your Stern diploma is but a reminder that the education you have all worked hard for gives you a competitive advantage on your journey ahead,” said Hatkoff. “But I deeply encourage you all to commit yourselves to the informal daily practice of lifelong learning in whatever it is you do. Explore and experience as many people, places and things as you possible can – both online and in the real world.”

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