Commencement 2013 Webcast

May 28, 2013

Happy students and proud families and friends gathered in the Great Hall on May 29th to honor the 2013 graduating class of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art at the154th commencement.  You can view the entire event below.  Highlights include the Student Address by School of Art graduate James Allister Sprang (00:48) and the Commencement Address by The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York (01:12).

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.