NEW YORK, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Acclaimed photographer & founder of Humans of New York (HONY), Brandon Stanton, delivered a stirring speech to 327 graduates of the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS), who received their degrees at the Undergraduate Convocation ceremony on May 15 at the Grand Hyatt New York.
In his remarks, Stanton declared, "Time is the most valuable resource in the world we have," and that it should not be squandered. Instead, he urged graduates not to wait for their idea or plan to be perfect, but to take the steps now to pursue their dreams.
With over 22.5 million followers on Facebook and Instagram, it's no surprise that Stanton has been called an Internet phenomenon. Named on Crain's New York's 2015 40 Under 40 list, Stanton is one of today's most unique and influential storytellers, whose own story illustrates the power of the Internet, the value of storytelling, and our desire to remain connected with real people in our increasingly technology-driven world.
After graduating with a degree in history, Stanton traded bonds in Chicago until he lost his job, which led him to move to New York. In late 2010, he started the photography blog, Humans of New York, with a goal of photographing 10,000 New Yorkers and plotting the photos on a map. HONY, however, began to take on a much different character. By incorporating short stories with the photographs, Stanton created a powerful force for good that brings millions of people from around the world together to reflect on the remarkable images and tales of everyday people.
In 2013, Stanton's first book, Humans of New York, catapulted to the top of The New York Times bestseller list, where it stayed for 45 weeks. His new book, HONY: Stories, was released in October 2015 and was number one on the NYT's bestseller list within two weeks.
NYUSPS is renowned as an educational institution that prepares students, including individuals who are just launching their careers as well as seasoned professionals, with the critical knowledge and the skills necessary to be successful in emerging industries that offer growing career opportunities on a local, national, and international level.
About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.
More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 38,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School's community is enriched by more than 30,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.
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