Salute is an affectionate farewell tribute from the faculty and staff of the Tisch School of the Arts to the graduating class.

Unlike typical graduation ceremonies, where students are called to the stage individually, Salute instead celebrates our students’ achievements through live performances. The show features words of wisdom from our dean, a distinguished keynote speaker, a member of the graduating class, and department chairs. The Tisch Salute to the Class of 2023 took place on Friday, May 19th at 11AM at Radio City Music Hall.


Honored Speaker: Billy Crudup '94 (Graduate Acting)

Photo by Jesse Dittmar
Photo by Jesse Dittmar

Equally memorable on the stage and screen, Billy Crudup has earned critical accolades for his performances. He most recently starred in and executive produced Apple’s Hello Tomorrow!, as Jack Billings, which centers around a group of traveling salesmen hawking lunar timeshares. Additionally, he currently stars as Corey Ellison in Apple’s Golden-Globe nominated The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, which earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He recently earned a second Emmy nomination for this role.

Crudup’s film credits include: Where’d You Go, Bernadette, After the Wedding, Alien: Covenant, Jackie, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, 20 th Century Women, Spotlight, Cameron Crowe’s Academy Award®- winning Almost Famous, and many more. He made his television debut in Netflix’s psychological thriller Gypsy.

On stage, Crudup recently starred in the one-man play Harry Clarke at the Vineyard Theatre, for which he won an Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award and garnered nominations for Drama League Award and Drama Desk Awards. In 2007, Crudup won a “Best Performance by a Featured Actor” Tony for his role in the Broadway production of The Coast of Utopia.  He also received Tony nominations for his roles in The Elephant Man, The Pillowman and Arcadia.