Commencement 2014 Video

POSTED ON: May 28, 2014

The 155th commencement of The Cooper Union took place at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  See the video below or at The student address was presented by Laura S. Genes AR'14. The commencement address was presented by Shigeru Ban AR'84, recent recipient of the Pritzker Prize. The video below starts immediately after the processional as Stephen P. Baker, the chief marshall, introduces the class of 2014. The student address begins at the 53rd minute and Shigeru Ban begins his address at 1:11:14.



  • 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.