The Inauguration of Laura Sparks

Tuesday, February 06, 2018, 9:45am - 2:00pm

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Sparks Inauguration Invitation

Please save the date, February 6, 2018, for the inauguration of Laura Sparks as the 13th President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

9:45 am Academic Procession

10:00 am Ceremony in the Great Hall

12:00 pm Wreath Laying in Cooper Square and Community Lunch

This event will be livestreamed.

More details will follow, including a week-long schedule of public programming and community events centered around the theme of TRUTH, which was inspired by Peter Cooper's own words:

“My design is to establish this institution, in the hope that unnumbered youth will here receive the inspiration of truth in all its native power and beauty, and find in it a source of perpetual pleasure to spread its transforming influence throughout the world.” 

  • 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.