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Yeshiva University’s 88th Commencement


On Thursday, May 30, 2019, over 600 undergraduate students received their diplomas from Yeshiva University in front of a crowd of over 5,000 people at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Get a taste of the excitement of this special occasion from the videos and photos as well as hear the words of Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University, and keynote speaker David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, as they encourage the students to pursue lives of impact, purpose and values.

Commencement Highlights

Graduate Schools

Throughout the month of May, the YU graduate schools held individual ceremonies to confer diplomas, honor their students and faculty and celebrate the completion of important milestones. Check out the articles on Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Graduate Program of Advanced Talmudic Study, Katz School of Science and Health and Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law featured Claire McCaskill, former senator from Missouri, who delivered the commencement address, and Sir Paul McCartney, who accepted the International Advocate for Peace Award.

Celebrate Israel Parade

Dr. Ari Bermans leads the YU contingent is the Israel Day Parad

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from Yeshiva University as well as students from the Yeshiva University high schools joined thousands of marchers and spectators to show their support for the State of Israel. See photos of and read about the parade.

Other YU News

Shavuot To-Go for Those on the Go

Read articles by Rabbi Hershel Schachter and others on Developing a Methodology in Tanach, The Relationship Between Tanach, and Torah and Shavuot and Kabbalat Hatorah.

MTA Celebrates Milestones

Talmidim, rebbeim, YU Roshei Yeshiva, family and friends joined the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) for its yeshiva-wide siyum and the conclusion of its annual scholarship campaign.

Time for Torah at Central

The Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) held its first-ever siyum to celebrate Torah learning over the course of the past year.

A Reunion to Remember for the Classes of ’59 and ’69

Memories and joy filled the air as alumni reunited for their 50th and 60th anniversaries.

Hall of Fame Honors Athletic Champions

Nine past champions were inducted into the Hall of Fame amid an outpouring of enthusiastic support.

YU Awards Ceremonies Recognize Students and Faculty

Yeshiva College, the Undergraduate Torah Studies programs and the Schottenstein Honors Program celebrated student and faculty accomplishments.

Art Show Spotlights Student Talent

Stern College for Women art majors dazzled the YU community with their creative visions.

YU in the News

Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth edited by Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern

Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern’s new book (YU Press/Maggid Books, 2019) received coverage in Tablet, Forward, Lehrhaus, Jewish Book Council and Jewish Review of Books, among others. It includes work by many YU faculty and alumni.

Memorializing Veterans on Memorial Day

Dr. Katherine Mitchell of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work noted the proper way to honor those that gave their lives (The Breaking News Headlines).

Valedictorians Noted in Local Media

Rochel Hirsch and Aryeh-Leib Deutsch appeared in the Jewish Standard, Samuel Gelman was mentioned in the Jewish Herald-Voice and Peri Zundell, Alexander Selesny and Liam Eliach were cited in the Jewish Star.