practice, practice may get you to Carnegie Hall, but perseverance and
hard work were the keys to success for the 1,830 graduating LaGuardia
students who graced the stage at LaGuardia’s 38th annual commencement
exercises at Radio City Music Hall on September 21. Graduation 2010 gallery.
change from The Theater at Madison Square Garden to Radio City was one
exciting feature of the long-awaited event this year. Another was the
choice of keynote speaker and President’s Medal recipient, Dr. Michael
Gilligan, president of the Henry Luce Foundation.
was recognized for his foundation's support of LaGuardia. Under his stewardship, the Luce Foundation recently awarded a $12,500 gift to the College’s Office of
Transfer Services, which is responsible for assisting students aspiring
to higher degrees. With this important grant, LaGuardia will
refocus student behavior on activities that encourage exploration,
aspiration, and transformation of their four-year college transfer
“The Luce grant is making it possible for the American
dream of higher education to be achieved for many of our aspiring and
deserving students,” said Dr. Peter Katopes, LaGuardia’s Interim
Another speaker at the annual exercises was class
representative Layla Quinones, who was chosen because of her outstanding
academic achievement and service to the College. The honor student,
who only three years ago was a 16-year old pregnant teen who had to drop
out of high school, is now attending NYU on a full scholarship in the
Learn more about inspiring 2010 graduates at the College’s commencement website: www.laguardia.edu/commencement.