May 16, 2022

MSM’s Ninety-Sixth Commencement: Meet the Featured Speakers and Honorees

MSM’s 2022 Commencement ceremony took place on Thursday, May 19, 1 PM, at The Riverside Church. Meet this year’s honorary doctorate and President’s Medal recipients, as well as featured Commencement speakers.

This year’s honorary doctorate degrees were presented by MSM President James Gandre and Executive Vice President and Provost Joyce Griggs. The event also included a variety of musical performances from current and graduating MSM students, and, of course, the presentation and conferring of degrees to the Class of 2022!

WATCH! This year’s “magical” Commencement Address was given by

Composer Adolphus Hailstork (BM ’62, MM ’66, HonDMA ’19)


MSM Commencement 2022 Student Speaker

Shimon Gambourg (MM ’22)

A jazz composition major from Israel, based in Brooklyn, New York.

The MSM graduating class votes to choose a student who will represent them at graduation. The Dean of Students and Director of Student Engagement interview the top three students who receive the most nominations; MSM Student Government assists with the final decision.


MSM Commencement 2022 Honorary Doctorates

Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM ’08, MSM trustee)
Graciela Daniele
Hyung-ki Joo (MM ’93, MM ’99)

From left: Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM '08, MSM trustee), Graciela Daniele, Hyung-ki Joo (MM '93, MM '99)

Dean of Students Monica Christensen receives the President's Medal for Distinguished Service from President Gandre

The recipients of the 2022 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

Inaugurated in 1998, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service is the highest honor bestowed upon members of the Manhattan School of Music Community by the President of the School. It is given in recognition of extraordinary commitment to the School in two or more of the following areas:

  • Longevity of teaching and service at the School
  • Extraordinary pedagogical, artistic, or administrative influence in the Community
  • Distinguished scholarship, research, and creativity as demonstrated in performance, composition, publication, or outreach
  • Distinguished service to the institution as demonstrated by humanistic activities outside of the teaching studio, classroom, and office

Watch MSM Commencement 2022 here:

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