Commencement 2013

Forty-Ninth Doctoral Commencement Exercises

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

May 23, 2013, 5 p.m.
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Plaza (Columbus Avenue and 65th Street)

Admission by invitation only


Lawrence Weiner
Doctor of Humane Letters
A founding figure of conceptual art, Lawrence Weiner has had a flourishing since the first presentation of his work in California in 1960. The Bronx-born artist, educated in the public schools of New York, is today a great exemplar of that brand of wide-ranging innovation that changes minds, challenges perceptions, and has helped to keep New York the cultural capital of the world.

Robert Wilson
Doctor of Humane Letters
Widely acknowledged as the theatre's leading avant-garde director and playwright, he is also a celebrated painter, sculptor, designer, and video artist, who has done trend-setting work as performer, choreographer, and sound and lighting director. He is perhaps best known for having created, with composer Philip Glass, the monumental and tradition-shattering opera Einstein on the Beach.


David Nasaw
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Distinguished Professor of History, David Nasaw has served on the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center, CUNY, since 1990. His biography of William Randolph Hearst, The Chief, won the Bancroft Prize, and his acclaimed biography of Andrew Carnegie was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent biography, The Patriarch, based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the papers of his subject, Joseph Patrick Kennedy, was named one of the five best nonfiction books of 2012 by the New York Times.