Parents Honor Cooper Graduates by Supporting the Rose Auditorium

POSTED ON: January 29, 2013

Timothy and Elisabeth McCarthy recently chose to honor their daughter Emily’s upcoming graduation with a gift to the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium.  Emily’s name will be engraved on a plaque that will be placed on one of the chairs. Currently, there are 200 chairs that can be "named" by contributing to the Rose Auditorium Fund.

"We are very proud of our daughter and all her hard work in completing the Cooper curriculum," Mrs. McCarthy said. "But perhaps as important, we are deeply impressed by Peter Cooper's vision so long ago that created this community of learning with a great tradition of openness. That vision and rich tradition has been carried forward by the faculty, staff, students and alumni for over 150 years. That’s impressive.  It’s wonderful to be a part of it."

A state-of-the art multi-media space located in 41 Cooper Square, the Rose Auditorium has become an important venue for events both public and private.  Speakers have included filmmaker Oliver Stone, former Deputy Mayor of New York City, Dan Doctoroff, and prize-winning Russian novelist, Ludmila Ulitskaya. 

Chairs honoring a graduating student or in memorium of a loved one or just to reafirm one's own connection with The Cooper Union can still be had for contributions to the Rose Auditorium as low at $1,000.  If you have questions or would like to support the Rose Auditorium, please contact Brooke Bryant at (212) 353-4171 or

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.