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Tribute to the Class of 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 10:30am - 12pm

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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.

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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.

  • 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.