The following events in Juilliard's history occurred in May:
June 5, the Institute of Musical Art, Juilliard’s predecessor institution, held its inaugural commencement exercises. After an address by founder Frank Damrosch, eight graduates of the Public School Music program received the first certificates awarded by the school.
May 17, the Regents of the University of the State of New York authorized Juilliard to confer the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in music.
May 5, members of the Institute of Musical Art’s Opera Players, a student club, participated in the premiere of Benjamin Britten’s first stage work, the operetta Paul Bunyan, at Columbia University.
May 9, members of the Juilliard Theater Center began a three-week tour of Brazil at the invitation of the State Department’s American Specialists Program. Juilliard actors presented the dramatic revue U.S.A. by Paul Shire and John Dos Passos, directed by Gene Lesser. Students also gave classroom demonstrations and participated in seminars in schools and theater training centers.