The College of Staten Island will recognize the Class of 2012’s 2,527 degree candidates on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:00am on the College’s Great Lawn.
Commencement will begin with welcoming remarks from College President Dr. Tomás D. Morales, as well as greetings from CUNY Trustee Kay Pesile ’73; CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations Jay Hershenson, on behalf of CUNY Chancellor Dr. Matthew Goldstein; and Dr. Neo Antoniades, on behalf of CSI faculty.
The Valedictorian, Irvin Ibarguen, graduating with a BA in History, is CSI’s first undergraduate to be admitted into Harvard University’s prestigious PhD History program. A Verrazano School student with a 4.0 grade point average, Ibarguen’s scholarship to Harvard follows his IME Research Fellowship and the prestigious Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship while at CSI.
President Morales will also recognize the recent recipients of the President’s Medals: Denis Hughes (Hon. ’11), President of the New York State AFL-CIO. Mary O’Donnell, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing, and Mrs. Rose Volpe, community activist, founder of the Friends of CSI, and widow of Dr. Edmond L. Volpe, the first President of the College of Staten Island, were presented with the President’s Medal by Dr. Tomas Morales at CSI’s third annual Celestial Ball in December 2011.
The ceremony will then focus on the 2012 graduates with greetings from Dr. Arthur Merola ’84, ’85, President of the CSI Alumni Association. Alumni from class years ending in 2s and 7s will be marching to celebrate the anniversary of their graduation.
This year’s class of degree candidates will then be presented by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz to Dr. Morales, who will confer their degrees.
Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, Departmental Exercises will be held at various locations on campus.