Commencement 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 10:30am - 12:30pm

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Cooper Union's 158th Commencement will take place on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street. Doors open at 9:15. Tickets required. This event is not open to the public but it will be streamed live.

Investigative journalist Sacha Pfeiffer, a former member of The Boston Globe Spotlight Team, will deliver the 2017 commencement address. The Student Speaker will be Maya Krtic, who is due to graduate from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • 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.