May 21, 2021

Division of Programs in Business Celebrates Class of 2021 in SPS Virtual Convocation

On May 20th, the NYU School of Professional Studies (SPS) hosted a virtual convocation ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2021. The livestreamed festivities began with a bagpipe musical performance at the SPS flagship building and a welcome from SPS Dean Susan Greenbaum, who extended her congratulations to the graduating class and gave special recognition to student leaders, Dean’s Scholars, and award recipients, before introducing NYU President Andrew Hamilton. 

President Hamilton commended the SPS Class of 2021 as leaders who continued to strive, grow, and achieve during an unprecedented year. He also thanked Dean Greenbaum for her years of service, as she plans to retire and will be succeeded by incoming SPS Dean Angie Kamath. The celebration proceeded with a keynote speech from Madeline McIntosh, CEO of Penguin Random House US, the nation’s largest book publisher. McIntosh praised SPS graduates for their resilience and accomplishments, shared some of her own business challenges and lessons learned this past year, and invited students to reflect on this period of crisis and the role they will play in “shaping a future that is more sustainable, more equitable, and more humane than what we had before.”

The NYU SPS Division of Programs in Business (DPB) was proud to be the academic home of this year’s Graduate Student Speaker, Roksolana Sheverack, MS in Management and Systems (MASY). In her speech, Sheverack acknowledged the difficulties of the pandemic and discussed her experience as a Ukranian immigrant overcoming language and cultural barriers to acquire her degrees. She celebrated the excellence and perseverance of her fellow classmates and also thanked faculty, advisors, mentors, staff, and loved ones for their guidance and support. Sheverack plans to pursue a doctorate, which will enable her to work in institutional research within a university setting.

"I am so happy for all of our graduates reaching this very special milestone in their life. You are the leaders that the world needs, coming out of this crisis."


DPB hosted a subsequent divisional celebration, recognizing student awardees. Congratulations to our graduating SPS Dean’s Scholars:

Riya Dedhia, MS in Integrated Marketing (IM)

Mariami Lolashvili, MS in Human Capital Analytics & Technology (HCAT)

Azuree Montoute-Lewis, MS in Human Resource Management & Development (HRMD)

Felicia Ong, MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication (PRCC)

Roksolana Sheverack, MS in MASY

Ying Yang, MS in IM


DPB also applauds our schoolwide and program-specific award winners:

Commencement & Convocation Awards

Banner Bearer: Yixuan Luo, MS in PRCC

Student Leadership Award: Tania Mishra, MS in IM

Student Impact Award: Yuqing Wang, MS in IM

Graduate Student Speaker: Roksolana Sheverack, MS in MASY


Academic Excellence Awards

Nupur Gupta, MS in PM

Darlene Passarelle, MS in HRMD

Leticia Rebeca Gasca Serrano, MS in HCAT

Olivia Trogisch, MS in PRCC

Teagan A. Tullio, MS in IM

Kaili Yun, MS in MASY


Leadership and Service Excellence Awards

Yi-Chi Chao, MS in MASY

Anyao Fan, MS in HRMD

Tania Mishra, MS in IM

Felicia Ong, MS in PRCC

Leticia Rebeca Gasca Serrano, MS in HCAT

Ellysa C. Smith, MS in HRMD

Skye Weis, MS in PM


Flag Bearers

Thomas J. Koty, MS in HCAT

Anqi Li, MS in PRCC

Sarah R. Romero McMillen, MS in PM

Roksolana Sheverack, MS in MASY

Betty Sun, MS in HRMD

Mei Zhu, MS in IM


Congratulations again to all of our graduates!

DPB is the largest division at NYU School of Professional Studies, with over 2,200 students, 500 faculty, and over 9,000 alumni. The Division comprises four centers of excellence that educate leaders in the functional areas of an enterprise. Each department’s credit and non-credit portfolio of offerings serves students at every level of their careers, providing them with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in critical positions in their professional development.

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