NYU School of Professional Studies Convocation Ceremonies to Recognize Achievements of 1,903 Graduates

Former US Senator Bill Bradley, Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA Hall of Famer, and Best-Selling Author, to Deliver Undergraduate Convocation Address on May 14; Legendary Former ABC News White House Correspondent, Ann Compton, to Address Graduate Degree Candidates on May 18

We Are SPS NYUSPS 2018 Convocation

NEW YORK, May 8, 2018More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world will receive their degrees from the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) during Convocation ceremonies that will recognize them for their completion of rigorous, professionally oriented programs of study. The Undergraduate Convocation ceremony will take place on May 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York. The Graduate Convocation ceremony will take place on May 18, 5–7:30 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall.

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies has fostered a rich tradition of providing educational experiences that prepare students who are just beginning on their career path, those who are in mid-level management positions, as well as those at the executive level. The School is an incubator of professional talent for sectors that demand a theoretical and practical education—one that serves the local workforce, as well as emerging global markets. Educational programs are developed by professionals for professionals to ensure that students remain on the cutting edge of industry.  

“Due to our brand of applied practice education and our engagement with industry, our graduates are uniquely equipped to become innovators and thought leaders in their fields of practice—here in the US and abroad,” asserted Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean, NYU School of Professional Studies. “It is always a distinct pleasure and privilege to preside over the Convocation ceremonies knowing that NYUSPS graduates are well-prepared to make an impact both in their industries and their communities.”


This year’s Convocation speakers have each left an indelible mark on their respective fields and beyond. They embody all that NYUSPS graduates hope to achieve by excelling in their work and exemplifying the sensitivity, insight, boldness, and curiosity needed to lead.

Undergraduate Convocation Speaker

Bill Bradley
Former US Senator, New Jersey
Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC
Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA Hall of Famer, Best-Selling Author

Former US Senator Bill Bradley, who will speak at the Undergraduate Convocation ceremony, is a managing director of Allen & Company LLC. From 2001-2004, he acted as chief outside adviser to McKinsey & Company’s nonprofit practice. He was a senior adviser and vice chairman of the International Council of JP Morgan & Co. from 1997-1999. During that time, he also worked as an essayist for CBS Evening News and was a visiting professor at Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Maryland.

Bradley served in the US Senate from 1979–1997, representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967–1977, during which time they won two NBA championships. In 1982, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bradley holds a bachelor of arts in American history from Princeton University and a master of arts from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has authored seven books on American politics, culture, and economy, including his latest book, We Can All Do Better. Currently, Bradley hosts American Voices, a weekly show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.

Graduate Convocation Speaker

Ann Compton 
Former ABC News White House Correspondent (1973-2014)

Ann Compton, the Graduate Convocation speaker, has always been a pioneer. As the first woman assigned to cover the White House on network television and with 41 years on the air for ABC News, her longevity and impact are unparalleled. After retiring from daily coverage in 2014, Compton reignited her legendary career by returning to ABC to cover the 2016 political conventions, as well as accepting a fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government focusing on media coverage of the 2016 election. She now combines her personal experiences on the White House beat with fresh scholarship from the prestigious Miller Center for presidential studies in Virginia.

Compton’s career at ABC News spanned seven presidents and 10 presidential campaigns. Assigned to the White House in 1974, she reported for ABC News broadcasts from Washington and around the globe, traveling with presidents, vice presidents, and first ladies. President Barack Obama announced her retirement when calling on her at a West Wing news conference saying, “Ann Compton, everybody here knows, is not only the consummate professional but is also just a pleasure to get to know.”

Compton was traveling with President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001, and was the only broadcast reporter to remain on Air Force One to report on behalf of all the press during the chaotic hours following the terrorist attacks, when the president was unable to return directly to Washington. For that coverage, which she considers the most significant story of her career, Compton received special recognition in the awards bestowed on ABC’s coverage, including an Emmy, a Peabody, and the Silver Baton from the DuPont awards at Columbia University.

Her colleagues elected Compton as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association for 2007-2008. She was chairman of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association on Capitol Hill in 1987-1988. The Commission on Presidential Debates selected Compton to serve as a debate panelist in 1988 and 1992. Additionally, she has been inducted into six halls of fame and has received five honorary university degrees.

Compton is married to Dr. William Hughes, a physician in Washington, DC, and they are the parents of three sons and a daughter, and the proud grandparents of three granddaughters. Compton says her most valued award is a golden statuette bestowed by the National Mothers' Day committee naming her a “Mother of the Year” in 1988.


This year’s Convocation student speakers chose the NYU School of Professional Studies to prepare them for careers in industries that require specialized knowledge and skill sets. Each illustrates the persistence, achievement, and diversity that are the hallmarks of the NYUSPS community of teaching and learning.

Undergraduate Convocation Student Speaker

Shirley Lu
BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management
NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism

The child of immigrant parents from mainland China, Shirley Lu grew up in Arcadia, California. She excelled in high school in California, earning high grades while taking AP classes, gaining admittance into the National Honor Society, writing for the school newspaper, and participating on the school debate team.

Seeking to enter the field of hospitality because she loves to travel, Lu applied to the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. She has benefited from a variety of University- and School-based resources. She is the recipient of the NYU 1831 Fund Scholarship, the NYUSPS Dean’s Scholarship, and the George Lee Family Scholarship. Thanks to the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYUSPS, she has participated in several internships, including serving as a front-office intern at the Broome, a boutique hotel in SoHo; and working at sbe (Morgans Hotel Group), a global hotel lifestyle brand, where she is currently a junior revenue analyst. After graduation, she will embark on her professional path as a revenue analyst for Standard Hotels.

Graduate Convocation Student Speaker

Jeremy Reese 
MS in Project Management
NYUSPS Division of Programs in Business

New Orleans native, Jeremy Reese, has an established career with Equinox Fitness Clubs, where he is the general manager of Equinox East 74th Street. He started out at the company as regional manager of the Equinox For Kids Only in New York City in 2011. During his tenure, the kids’ club program saw a 105% year-on-year growth in revenue and a 23% drop in attrition. He quickly moved up the ranks of the organization to his current position overseeing the seventh-largest revenue producer in the company out of 96 clubs, and spearheading an extensive $4 million renovation.

Reese enrolled in the MS in project management offered by the NYUSPS Division of Programs in Business to help him hone his skills while learning from professors with the real-world experience he valued. He has taken what he has learned in project management, and applied it to numerous facets of his job—managing operations, meetings, communications, and personnel. Despite his full workload and his intense study schedule (he maintains a 4.0 grade point average), he has found time to serve as president of the Project Management Student Network and on the NYUSPS Graduate Student Council.

For reporters who are interested in covering the School’s Convocation ceremonies, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

In addition to the NYUSPS Convocation ceremonies, the NYU 186th Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 16, at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 26,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.