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Yeshiva University to Celebrate 93rd Annual Commencement

The event will also honor Sen. John Fetterman as an American patriot and hero of Israel.

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman

(Courtesy of YU) Yeshiva University will proudly celebrate its 2024 graduates, more than 1,700 future leaders of society, at its 93rd annual commencement ceremony on May 29. The school will also award its highest honor for global leadership, the Presidential Medallion, to U.S. Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania. During these challenging times, the leadership, service and moral clarity of the American patriot and hero of Israel has been a beacon of hope and strength for the country and the world.

As the flagship Jewish university, Yeshiva University stands as the nation’s leader in values-driven higher education and in its support of the U.S.–Israel alliance. Like Fetterman, the Yeshiva University community has been deeply engaged in the post-Oct. 7 battle against antisemitism and in the pursuit of justice for the victims and the hostages still in captivity. This year in particular, given Fetterman’s career of activism on behalf of the United States and Israel, Yeshiva University will highlight his stellar example of strength and leadership.

“Sen. Fetterman is one of the true heroes of our time for his unwavering and courageous commitment to moral clarity, which has fortified our community and been a clarion call for our country. At this critical moment in Jewish and American history, our commencement exercises mark not just an enormous accomplishment for our students, but also for the global community,” said Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, president of Yeshiva University. “During this dark period of rampant antisemitism and polarization across college campuses, Yeshiva University students stand out for their academic excellence, character and commitment to service.”

“It is truly humbling to be invited to share in this milestone with the graduates of Yeshiva University,” said Fetterman. “As we gather to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class, we must also acknowledge the profound significance of their journey within the context of the recent surge in antisemitism across the country. I thank Yeshiva University for the opportunity to join these students on this momentous day.”

The main commencement exercises will take place at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Queens with more than 5,000 students, faculty, families, friends and alumni in attendance.

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