NYU's Dworaczyk Named Valedictorian of College of Arts and Science
Senior Jude Dworaczyk, a four-year member of the New York University men's basketball team, has been named the valedictorian of NYU's College of Arts and Science (CAS).
As the CAS valedictorian, Dworaczyk will speak at the school's Spring Baccalaureate Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15, at the Beacon Theatre. He will also be presented with the Roland P. Beattie Memorial Award, which is given annually to the CAS valedictorian.
"Being selected for valedictorian at any school is a really big honor, especially at a school as special as NYU," said Dworaczyk. "I'm honored to have the chance to speak to and represent so many talented students from the Class of 2012."
An economics major and business studies minor in CAS, Dworaczyk boasts a 4.0 grade-point average and an impressive list of extracurricular activities. In addition to playing for the basketball team, he is the current President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is active with College Connection, a volunteer program that brings youths from low-income areas to campus to learn about college life. Dworaczyk also volunteers with the Special Olympics.
A captain of the men's basketball team this year, Dworaczyk helped lead the Violets to their best season in more than a decade. The squad went 21-6, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship, hosted a first-round NCAA game, and climbed to as high as #16 in the national rankings.
In addition, Dworaczyk ended his playing career as part of just the second senior class in program history to earn road victories at all seven University Athletic Association (UAA) schools, joining the Class of 2007.
Off the court, Dworaczyk possesses a long list of academic accolades, including being a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship earlier this year. He also received the President's Service Award and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award as a junior; was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society as a junior; was named one of NYU's 15 Most Influential Students by the Washington Square News as a senior; is a three-time UAA Winter Sport All-Academic honoree; and has been named to NYU's Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee Fall and Spring Honor Rolls.
Dworaczyk plans to attend law school in the fall.