-- Goodman’s Brother Will Accept an Honorary Doctoral Degree on Goodman’s Behalf; Congressman and Alumnus Joseph Crowley Will Deliver the Commencement Address --
Queens College's 91st Commencement exercises.
Over 2,500 degree candidates are expected to attend, including students from the classes of September 2014, February and May 2015, and prospective September 2015 graduates. Total audience expected, including graduates. will number more than 10,000.
Thursday, May 28, 2014, rain or shine
Campus Quadrangle, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
MEDIA SIGN-IN: Table will be located to the right of the stage when facing it. Pick up press kits and programs here; we will escort you to reserved seating. MEDIA PARKING IS AVAILABLE: You must enter the campus at Gate 2 on Melbourne Avenue and 150th Street (the Kissena Boulevard gate will be closed). Please bring press ID and arrive no later than 8 am to receive on-campus parking.
David Goodman will receive an honorary doctoral degree on behalf of his brother Andrew Goodman. While a student at Queens College, Goodman and two fellow civil rights workers, James Cheney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964. This horrific crime shook the nation and brought recognition of the brutal nature of the struggle for racial justice that was taking place in the South. Last year, President Obama awarded the three young men the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously for “extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”
Congressman Joseph Crowley ‘85, this year’s commencement speaker, will be awarded the President’s Medal. A longtime member of the New York political community—beginning with his election to the state assembly at age 24—Crowley graduated from Queens College with a degree in political science.
Crowley, the son of an Irish American father and Irish immigrant mother, has been a persistent advocate for working families and underserved communities. He has sought to increase access to health care and housing, and strengthen and expand urban hospitals and health centers that provide both world-class medical care and quality employment. A supporter of policies favoring broad-based public education, Crowley has advocated for pre-kindergarten programs like Head Start and crucial financial aid, such as Pell Grants, needed by students who are seeking the chance to earn a college education. Most recently, he unveiled a multi-pronged plan to address the looming savings and retirement security crisis in the U.S. and help all Americans save for the future.
The valedictorian is Eliyahu Perl, co-recipient of the Paul Klapper Prize, the college’s top honor. Perl was elected to associate membership in Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and is a member of Beta Delta Chi, the Chemistry Honor Society. She received honors and two awards in Chemistry and Biochemistry and honors and one award in Philosophy.
Outstanding graduates include seven Fulbright recipients, an unprecedented number for the college: Eric Becker, who is receiving an MFA in creative writing and literary translation, will be living in Brazil and working as a literary translator. Carla Spensieri, receiving an MA in education, will also be in Brazil but as an assistant to a Brazilian professor in a class of undergraduates who hope to teach English as a career. Carlsky Belizaire and Karissa Caputo, members of the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, will be working in Taiwan. Belizaire, who is Haitian American and speaks Creole, will be able to explore his interest in Asian culture. Caputo, who had a double major in education and Spanish, will be teaching English to elementary or middle school students on the island of Kinmen. Sarah Chung, a Korean American proficient in the Korean language, will be a teaching assistant in the land of her ancestors. Kathryn Cox, who studied elementary education and mathematics as a student in the Macaulay Honors College will teach English in Cyprus. Alyssa Blumenthal (Macaulay Honors College), who is earning a CUNY BA degree, will be spending a year in Sweden, researching renewable natural gas at the Bio-Gas Research Center of Linköping University.
Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, a student in the Macaulay Honors College, has won the Salk scholarship. Given annually to eight individuals who plan careers in medicine and the biological sciences, it is the most prestigious award bestowed by the City University of New York. In 2013, Afshinnekoo assisted with a study based at Weill Cornell Medical School that took DNA swabs from NYC subway stations to produce a baseline pathogen map useful in public health, bioterrorism threats, and disease surveillance. An Iranian American who lives in Nassau County, Afshinnekoo has been accepted to New York Medical College and is on the wait list at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its nearly 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu.