Tribute to the Class of 2020

No matter the circumstances, you did it. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

There is so much to celebrate in honor of all that you have achieved and accomplished. Out of necessity now, we will begin that celebration with an online Tribute to the Class of 2020 for graduates, families, and friends, including a live Zoom gathering on Wednesday, May 27.

The link will be posted on the event page at 9 am on Wednesday, May 27.

When we can be together again, you will be eagerly welcomed back to Cooper Square for your well-earned and well-deserved walk across the Great Hall stage for your traditional Cooper Union commencement.

Learn more about members of our graduating class from these past stories:

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Chong Gu - 30 Seconds in the Studio
Kayla Montes de Oca – INCOMING
Kayla Montes de Oca, Helmuth Rosales, Jeremy Son - Senior Snapshots
Chong Gu, Jeremy Son, Shuqing Zhan – Cooper Students Build Models for MOMA Show
Jeremy Son – Real World Pedagogy: Building in Shenzhen, China

School of Art
Senior Snapshots: Art 2020
Jermaine Carter – 30 Seconds in the Art Studio
Elvin Hu – 30 Seconds in the Art Studio
Elvin Hu, Paolo Mentasti, and Eric Goins - Senior Snapshots
Gunnar Kortenbach – 30 Seconds in the Art Studio
Dan Lucal Explains How to Make A Graduation Gown From Home
Jessica Martinez – From the Lab: Current Research at The Cooper Union
Ben Werther and Johnathan Wilborn - Global Student-Run Art Show

2019 Menschel Fellows Exhibition

Albert Nerken School of Engineering
Senior Snapshots: Engineering 2020
Gertrude Dabo – INCOMING
Gregory Belenitsky, Stephanie Raphael – Two Civil Engineering Students Awarded Scholarships from the Moles
Sophie Schneider – INCOMING
Peter Zhao Presents at 2018 AIChE Annual Student Conference
Olivia (Heuiyoung) Park Awarded STEM Grant for Women
Jonathan Pedoeem Presents at Symposium for NSF REU Research Symposium in Data Science, Systems, and Security, 2018
Aziza Almanakly Wins at WE19
Students Receive ACEC 2019 Scholarships
2020 Mechanical Engineering Capstone Senior Projects
2018 End-of-Year-Show Posters

  • 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.