Tianjin Juilliard Commencement Ceremony: May 24, 10am (China Time) 

Tianjin Juilliard Pre-College Ceremony: May 19, 9am (China Time) 


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TIANJIN, CHINA — Tianjin Juilliard will hold its third commencement ceremony for the class of 2024 on May 24 at 10am (China Standard Time) at the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall. 30 graduate students from seven countries and regions will receive their Juilliard degree from the first joint-venture performing arts institution in China to confer a US-accredited music degree.   

The commencement address will be given by Juilliard alumnus ('80, violin) and world-renowned conductor Jaap van Zweden in a prerecorded video. Juilliard leadership from the New York campus will join the commencement online.  Juilliard’s president emeritus and chief China officer, Joseph W. Polisi, Tianjin Juilliard Chancellor Changjun Xu, CEO and Artistic Director Wei He, Dean Katherine Chu, and Tianjin Conservatory of Music President Hongwei Wang will witness the ceremony on campus.  

Diego Acosta Diaz (MM ’24, Instrumental and Orchestral Studies) will speak on behalf of the graduating class. The commencement ceremony will also feature performances by Tianjin Juilliard graduates including Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, Jean Cras’s Suite en duo for flute and harp, and the scherzo from Johannes Brahms’s “F-A-E” Sonata for violin and piano. 

Tianjin Juilliard will also present the following prizes to two graduate students: The Tianjin Juilliard School Prize for artistic achievement and academic excellence in all areas of endeavor and the Joseph W. Polisi Prize for exemplifying Tianjin Juilliard’s “artist as citizen” values and demonstrating outstanding artistry and leadership in community engagement.  


Each year, instead of saying ‘farewell’, we celebrate the ‘commencement’ of our graduates’ artistic and personal journeys. It is no different for the Class of 2024. Each and every one of them who arrives at commencement is a treasured and noted individual, cognizant of their uniqueness and poised to mark this new beginning by taking stock of their achievements and embracing their new responsibility as artist-citizens. We salute our graduates with pride, and hope that they will bring the values of Tianjin Juilliard to whatever path lies ahead, confront new challenges and vistas through the one true language that has no borders: music.


Katherine Chu

Dean of the Tianjin Juilliard School

Tianjin Juilliard Pre-College will hold its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at 9am (China Standard Time) in the Tianjin Juilliard Recital Hall. Chief program officer Robert Ross, and assistant dean of Pre-College, Sophie X. Zhang, will present certificates of graduation to 12 Pre-College students from seven provinces in China. The commencement address will be given by Ivan Cheah, director of the Tianjin Juilliard School Education Development Foundation. Yunting Chiang (Pre-College ’24, cello) will deliver a speech on behalf of the Pre-College graduates. 

The Juilliard School in New York will hold its 119th commencement ceremony and conferral of honorary doctorate degrees on May 24, 11:30 am (Eastern Time), and the New York Preparatory Division Ceremony on May 25, at noon (Eastern Time). Both Juilliard campuses in New York and Tianjin will celebrate the classes of 2024 with commencement ceremonies on the same dates, as one school with two campuses.