• Commencement 2015


    June 4, 2015 

    Madison Square Garden

  • Speakers

    Dr. Gail O. Mellow 
    President, LaGuardia Community College
    Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as president of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000. A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. Read more  


    Keynote Speaker:
    Ray Suarez

    Broadcast Journalist, PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera
    Ray Suarez is an American broadcast journalist and host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. He was with PBS’ NewsHour from 1999 to 2013, most recently as its chief national correspondent. Read more  

    Commencement Address:
    Thomas E. Perez
    U.S. Secretary of Labor 

    Nominated by President Barack Obama and sworn in on July 23, 2013, Thomas E. Perez is the nation's 26th secretary of labor. Most recently, Perez was assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, leading the same division where he worked for a decade . Read more

    Valerie Lancaster Beal 

    CUNY Board of Trustees
    Valerie was appointed by Governor George Pataki in June 2002 as a trustee of the Board of The City University of New York. She was recently reappointed to the Board for a seven-year term by Governor David Paterson. Read More  

    James B. Milliken 

    James B. (“J.B.”) Milliken is chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university system, which comprises 24 institutions throughout New York City.  His appointment by the CUNY Board of Trustees began June 1, 2014. He also holds a faculty appointment at the CUNY School of Law. Read More

    Paul Arcario 
    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Dr. Paul Arcario is the vice president for Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College. As the chief academic officer for the College, Dr. Arcario supervises the creation, development and assessment of over 50 academic programs and majors. Read more

    Julio Trinidad 
    Class of 2014 Representative 

    “I don’t care about the awards. I just want to be good,” says Julio Trinidad, a 27-year old from Queens who always dreamed of becoming a performer. For Julio, his hard work has value in itself—a trait that he attributes to his Dominican parents who immigrated to the United States to raise their family. Read more

    Rhazi M. Kone
    LaGuardia Class of 2007
    Rhazi M. Kone, who was awarded by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for his academic excellence in 2007, graduated from Colombia University in 2009 with his bachelor’s degree in architecture. Read More

    Arti A. Cameron
    LaGuardia Class of 2008

    After graduating from LaGuardia Community College in 2008 with numerous accolades—taking top prize at a college-wide speech competition among them, Arti A. Cameron went on to Hunter College where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. Read More

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