Salute is an affectionate farewell tribute from the faculty and staff of the Tisch School of the Arts to the graduating class.

Unlike typical graduation ceremonies, in which each student is called to the stage individually, Salute instead celebrates our students’ achievements through live performances and features words of wisdom from our dean, a distinguished keynote speaker, a member of the graduating class, and department chairs. We hope you enjoy the show!

In addition to the Salute 2017 ceremony and show, Dean Allyson Green hosted a reception for graduates and their parents at 721 Broadway the afternoon before Salute. View photos from the reception.


Watch Moisés Kaufman speak at Salute 2017
Watch Moisés Kaufman speak at Salute 2017

Moisés Kaufman was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in September. He is also a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. Prior Broadway credits: The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) with Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project are among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of "The Laramie Project" for HBO, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is currently directing and writing a new Broadway-bound adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen with Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. He’s the artistic director of TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT and a Guggenheim Playwrighting Fellow.


Pharrell Williams, the musician, songwriter, and producer, who has earned 11 Grammy Awards, and is a two-time Academy Award nominee, will address the graduates and guests on behalf of all the honorary degree recipients. Williams, who was an artist in residence at the Tisch School of the Arts last year, will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree, honoris causa.