Commencement 2010

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Practice, 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.

A venue 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.

Dr. Gilligan 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 goals.

“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 President.

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 fall.

Learn more about inspiring 2010 graduates at the College’s commencement website:
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