Counseling@NYU Celebrates Inaugural Class of School Counseling Graduates

More than 30 students from across the nation became the inaugural class of graduates to earn their master’s in school counseling online through Counseling@NYU, the online counseling degree program from NYU Steinhardt. Online students traveled to New York City to celebrate graduation at Radio City Music Hall alongside NYU’s 1,200 other master’s degree and advanced certificate recipients. 

“It was so exciting to speak with [the graduates] about their own personal growth through the program, and I can envision the great contributions they will make to the social, emotional, academic, and vocational lives of students throughout the United States,” said program director Lisa Suzuki

At the ceremony, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Patricia Carey welcomed students and Dean Dominic Brewer shared his thoughts on the meaning of an NYU education, stressing the importance of forever being linked to this alma mater. The high-energy event featured Steinhardt dancers and singers, who helped excite the lively crowd of graduates, family members, and friends.

For Jennifer Astuto, a professor with Counseling@NYU, inviting the online students to the New York City campus to reunite with classmates was an important moment that helped establish a lasting connection to NYU Steinhardt. 

“There is no question that partaking in this event is a meaningful signal to our students that they are NYU, standing shoulder to shoulder with every graduate despite their distance learning experience,” said Astuto.

Counseling@NYU, which offers the same school counseling curriculum as the on-campus degree program, prepares aspiring pre-K through 12th grade counselors to work with students and families. The program emphasizes equity and social justice and encourages graduate students to understand the importance of cultural context. The program also offers a bilingual school counseling concentration focused on bilingual and multicultural theory. The concentration teaches students how to address issues facing pre-K-12 children for whom English is a second language. 

“We hope for them boundless opportunities to become levers of change within and across the communities they care so much about,” added Astuto. 

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