Manhattan School of Music
Ninetieth Commencement

Enjoy these highlights from MSM Commencement 2016

MSM Commencement for the Class of 2017 will be on May 12, 2017


Commencement is one of the many events coordinated by the office of Student Engagement. Commencement is an important ceremony that celebrates the enormous achievements of our graduates. This year the ceremony will take place on May 13, 2016. The graduation ceremony is followed by a reception in the School.

Date:  Friday, May 13, 2016

12 PM
The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Dr. New York, NY 10027

Reception:  2 PM
Ades Performance Space
120 Claremont Ave. New York, NY 10027

Additional Information 

For directions on getting to the school and the ceremony, please refer to
the travel guide.

For information on parking and garages in the area, please refer to
the area parking guide.

For information are area accommodations, please refer to our list of area hotels.

If you'd like to order flowers for your graduate we have compiled a list of area florists.

If you'd like to make dinner reservations for the evening, we have compiled a
list of eateries.

If you are looking for fun things to do in around NYC the weekend of May 13th, check out a list of activities we’ve put together just for you! 

Manhattan School of Music
Ninetieth Commencement



Fanfare from La Péri


The Prince of Denmark's March
Trumpet Tune

Introduction from the Dean of Students

Monica Coen Christensen

Greetings from the Chair of the Board of Trustees

Lorraine Gallard

Greetings from the President

James Gandre

Presentation of Commencement Awards

David Geber, Dean of Instrumental Performance

Musical Interlude


Caprice Viennois, op. 2

Presentation of the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

President Gandre
Marjorie Merryman, Provost and Senior Vice President

Patinka Kopec
Christianne Orto
Kent Tritle

Recognition of Retiring Faculty Members

President Gandre
Provost Merryman

David Gilbert
Linda McKnight

Musical Interlude


Spring Is Here

Presentation and Conferring of the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, honoris causa

President Gandre
Provost Merryman

F. Paul Driscoll
Eric Owens
Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95)

Commencement Address

Kelly Hall-Tompkins (MM ’95)

Presentation and Conferring of Degrees, Certificates, and Diplomas

President Gandre
Provost Merryman
Jeffrey Langford, Assistant Dean for Doctoral Studies and Chair of Music History

Closing Remarks

President Gandre



La Réjouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks
Allegro from Water Music

Recessional Order

Platform Party
Faculty and Staff