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, where students are called to the stage individually, Salute instead celebrates our students’ achievements through live performances. The show features words of wisdom from our dean, a distinguished keynote speaker, a member of the graduating class, and department chairs. The Tisch Salute to the Class of 2022 will take place on Thursday, May 19th at 11AM at Radio City Music Hall

Event details and ticket reservation information was sent to graduating students in late March via NYU email.

Contact tisch.salute@nyu.edu with any questions!

Please note: All attendees of Tisch Salute 2022 must adhere to NYU's Public Health Protocols for graduation events.

HONORED SPEAKER: ADAM SANDLER '88 (BFA, Drama)

Adam Sandler in Billy Madison
Adam Sandler in Billy Madison

Adam Sandler is an actor, writer and producer for film and television.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, he began performing stand-up comedy at the age of 17. While at NYU, he studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and was a four-year resident of the Brittany Hall dormitory, where he met many of his future collaborators and regularly slept past the Weinstein cafeteria’s 2pm lunch closing.

Two years after graduation, and to the astonishment of his professors, he was hired as a writer on the NBC variety program “Saturday Night Live.” Within a few years, he was promoted to the cast, where he created unforgettable boy and man characters such as Opera Man, Cajun Man, Herlihy Boy and Canteen Boy.

He left/was fired from the show in 1995 to focus on feature work. His 55 feature films as an actor include Billy MadisonHappy GilmoreThe WaterboyPunch Drunk Love and Grown Ups. He has also released five comedy albums, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and platinum sales certifications. He can most recently be seen in the feature films Uncut Gems and Hubie Halloween, and the Netflix comedy special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh.

He will next appear in the Netflix films Hustle and The Spaceman. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.