Congratulations, Class of 2015!
May 20, 2015
The NYU Silver School of Social Work graduated 512 students from its bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs on Monday, May 18. Family and friends gathered inside a festive Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and celebrated the accomplishments of this year's graduates.
New York University Pipes and Drums led in the graduating class among cheers from the audience. This year's graduates represented 18 different countries—spanning North and South America, Australia, Africa, Europe, and Asia—and 27 different U.S. states and Puerto Rico.
PhD graduates will be employed in faculty positions at Hunter College, McGill University, Stamford University, Rutgers University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This year's MSW class came from an impressive array of colleges, including UCLA, the University of London, Tufts University, Tianjin University, Spellman College, Shandon University, Peking University, and Princeton University. They are also diverse in age and experience and include people who come to social work after successful careers in other fields and after raising families.
BS students demonstrated amazing levels of leadership while at NYU Silver as advocates for populations in high need, including criminal justice and refugee resettlement. They advocated for removal of the past criminal record box on NYU applications. Some students will leave NYU Silver to work in the social work field while others will go onto advanced degree programs in social work, law, and other disciplines.
Phil Coltoff, the Katherine W. and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and executive-in-residence, gave this year's keynote address. Coltoff, MSW ’64, is a national leader and innovator in the field of social service and youth development and the former CEO of the Children's Aid Society, one of the largest and oldest social agencies in the country. He called on graduates to change the social service structure and become the leaders of agencies and nonprofit organizations, to advocate for their communities, and to call for a living wage for social workers.
Read remarks from the following speakers:
Lynn Videka, Dean and Professor
Phil Coltoff, MSW ’64, Katherine W. and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence
Rachel Copeland, PhD ’15, doctoral student address
Tasha Kozak, BS ’15, undergraduate student address
Nicole McCullough, MSW ’15, master's student address