The New York School of Interior Design celebrated more than 100 graduating members of the Class of 2019 during Commencement exercises on Thursday, May 23.


Commencement Keynote Speakers

Elaine Griffin and Nate Berkus

Inside the storied 92nd Street Y, located on the Upper East Side, keynote speakers Nate Berkus and Elaine Griffin delivered powerful messages encouraging students to give themselves permission to take risks and to share their creative superpowers as they implement their vision.

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Commencement Student Speakers

Paula Victoria Edralin Davidsohn MFA-1 ‘19 and Rachel Edelstein BFA ’19, were nominated by their peers, as well as NYSID faculty and staff, to speak at Commencement. In addition to excelling academically, the 2019 Commencement student speakers have dedicated their college careers to making an impact through design.


Paula Victoria Edralin Davidsohn, MFA-1

To me, interior design means: Designing With Purpose

“There were two siblings, ages six and two. The brother, who was younger was playing with his building blocks, as his sister was preparing dinner for the two in her pretend kitchen. As I was observing the two, I noticed the little boy had burns and scratches on the side of his face. It was in that moment I was encouraged to design with purpose, empathy, and commitment.”

– Paula Victoria Edralin Davidsohn ‘19

Rachel Edelstein, BFA

To me, interior design means: Taking The Risk

“Let this moment start our journeys to using design to change the world we live in, where we take our enthusiasm and inspiration and use it to stand out. This is the first chapter of taking risks, proving ourselves, and testing boundaries that have been set before us.”

– Rachel Edelstein ‘19


Diploma Information for Graduates

Diplomas are not distributed during the commencement ceremony and will be mailed to students approximately two months from the date of graduation. Diplomas are mailed to the address indicated in the Graduation Candidacy and Diploma Form. If you need to change the address where your diploma will be sent, please email

Diplomas will not be sent to students with holds. All financial obligations must be settled with the Bursar’s Office and books borrowed from the Library must be returned.


New Grads Give Back!

In his Commencement address, President Sprouls asked new graduates to give back:

“This is the start of what we hope will be long and prosperous career for you, and as you start on this new path, we hope that you’ll keep looking forward, while remembering to give back. Give your time to your alumni association, give your dollars to the scholarship fund, and give your attention to the designers who will come next. It’s this community that makes our world so special.”

We ask that you consider helping a current NYSID student by making a donation of $20.19 – in recognition of your class year.  The funds raised will go into our growing Alumni Scholarship Fund and used to support our current students – the future leaders of interior design.