Sign In
  
A-Z Index
Home > Office of Communications > News Services > News Releases
News Releases

Congresswoman Grace Meng Named Speaker for Queens College's 93rd Commencement Ceremony, May 26

-- Queens Native Meng Will Also Receive the Queens College President’s Medal in Recognition of Service to the Borough --

 
Queens, N.Y., April 21, 2017—Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has announced that Congresswoman Grace Meng will be the main speaker for the school’s 93rd commencement ceremony, which will take place on Friday, May 26, at 9 am, on the college’s quad. During the ceremony, Matos Rodríguez will award Meng—the first female member of Congress from Queens since the late vice presidential nominee and former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro—the Queens College President’s Medal in recognition of her service to the borough.
 
“It is my great pleasure to announce Grace Meng as this year’s commencement speaker. She is a Queens native who embodies so many of the aspirational qualities that Queens College hopes to inspire in our students,” said Matos Rodríguez. “We first came to know Congresswoman Meng when she represented the 22nd Assembly District—which encompasses Queens College—for two terms in the New York State Assembly. She was a consistent and powerful advocate for the college.”
Congresswoman Meng is serving her third term in the House of Representatives, representing the Sixth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses west, central, and northeast Queens. She is a member of the Appropriations Committee that is responsible for funding every agency, program, and project within the federal government. Previously, she served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Small Business Committee.
 
“Queens College has a long history of distinguished speakers at its commencement ceremonies, and I am deeply honored to have been asked to address this year’s graduating class,” said Congresswoman Meng. “I look forward to joining the graduates on May 26, and sharing this special day with them.”
 
The congresswoman is also a Senior Whip and Regional Whip for New York, and a founder and Co-Chair of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues. She helped create and serves as a founding member and former Co-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, which works to mitigate excessive aircraft noise.
 
The several pieces of legislation that Meng has passed into law focus on religious freedom, making Queens historic sites part of the National Parks Service, striking “Oriental” from federal law, and protecting public housing residents from insufficient heat. Also signed into law were her measures that assist veterans and members of the military, as well as legislation to combat flood damage, strengthen anti-terror initiatives, and improve the safety of school buses and child car seats. In addition, she helped obtain increased funding for Israel’s defense systems, acquired more resources for small businesses, improved access to feminine hygiene products, and worked to create New York City school holidays for Lunar New Year and Eid. Further, she helped improve mail delivery, advocated for the new ban on African elephant ivory and the slaughter of “downer” calves, and obtained a probe that outlined needed improvements to local railroad safety.
 
Congresswoman Meng is the first Asian American member of Congress from New York State and the only member of Congress of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. Born in Elmhurst and raised in Bayside and Flushing, she graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. Meng earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer.
 
About Queens College
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more computer science majors than any college in New York City. Queens College also has the third-highest number of accounting and business students in all of New York State. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.
 
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 19,000 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, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.
Print
 
 

 Office Information

 
Deputy Director of News Services
(Position vacant)

(718) 997- 5597
  

Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services
Queens Hall, Room 270B

maria.matteo@qc.cuny.edu
(718) 997-5593

Contact Us
 

 Recent News Releases

 
April 20
Congresswoman Grace Meng Named Speaker for Queens College's 93rd Commencement Ceremony, May 26
April 07
Three Queens College Alumni Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
April 04
Distinguished Microbiologist, Immunologist, and QC Alumnus Arturo Casadevall to Explore “Martians, Mammals, and the Origin of Disease-Causing Microbes,” April 7
March 31
Taiwanese Artists Redefine Fiber Art for a Radical Agenda, Transforming Raw Materials Into Works of Protest and Beauty
March 30
Tony Award-Winning Musical Damn Yankees is Up Next in the Kupferbeg Center for the Arts Spring Season Lineup, April 5 - 9
March 13
Kupferberg Center Continues its Spring 2017 Season with Musical Comedy, Afro-Peruvian Music, R&B, and "The Dog Whisperer"
March 13
Queens College Programs Educate Artists for Social Change
March 13
Women's History Month Conference Explores Improper Policing; Looks at How Women in Law Enforcement Try to Improve System March 20
March 08
Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College Receives Major Gift of Coptic Textiles from the Rose Choron Collection
March 07
Queens College's All-Time Leading Scorer Madison Rowland Leads Women's Basketball Team into East Coast Conference Tournament
March 05
Statement by President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez on the Passing of Helen Marshall '72
February 27
Queens College is First Public College in New York State to Receive $1 Million from Give Something Back
February 23
Dennis Walcott, Queens Library President, on Preparing Today's Workforce for a Successful Future: The Role of the Queens Library
February 23
Queens College Named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students
February 21
Former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Praises "QC in 4," New Queens College Plan Gurantees Graduation in Four Years
February 17
Queens College Women's Basketball Team Clinches East Coast Conference Regular Season Title in 14th Consecutive Win at Home
February 14
Queens College to Launch "QC in 4" in Fall 2017
February 10
Queens College Opera presents Die Fledermaus February 23 - 26
February 02
Queens College Marks Chinese New Year on February 8
February 02
Queens College Celebrates Black History Month on the Theme of Sankofa: Celebrating the Past, Building a Boundless Future
January 31
Family Friendly Queens College Summer Camp Combines Sports and Classes for Kids
January 27
Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum to Present Chance Encounters: Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, January 30–March 18, 2017
January 26
Ribbon-Cutting on Newly Renovated Student Veterans Club Space at Queens College, a Designated 2017 "Military Friendly" School
January 23
Queens College is in Top 1% of Colleges That Help Move Students From Poverty to Prosperity
January 20
Queens College Choral Society Invites New Members to Sing Haydn's Creation
January 19
Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum to Present Chance Encounters: Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, January 30–March 18, 2017
January 11
Queens College and Kupferberg Centerfor the Arts Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Dance Theatre of Harlem Performance January 15
January 11
Queens College Students to Walk in Footsteps of Dr. King
January 11
Statement by President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez in Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
January 06
​It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of Max Kupferberg, a stellar member of the Queens College Class of 1942.
December 20
Borough-Wide Committee for January 15 Queens College Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event Announces the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake as This Year's Honoree
December 19
Queens College Receives $1.6 Million Grant in Partnership With Queens South Field Support Center to Promote Diversity in the Teaching Profession
December 01
Queens College Choral Society to Present Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Works by Brahms at its 76th Annual Winter Concert on December 10
November 18
Kathryn Wylde, President, NonProfit Partnership for New York City, to Speak on "What Makes New York City Great?" at December 2 Business Forum
November 17
Two Recent Queens College Grads, Jesula Prophete and Jewell Mason, Names New York State Excelsior Service Fellows
November 08
Specially Tuned Instruments Allow Musicians to Rethink a Modernist Standard in a Rare Performance November 11 at QC
November 03
Renowned Educator Jennifer Quinn to Address 400 NYC, LI, NJ & PA HS Students on "Epic Math Battles" and the Need for Math Teachers
November 01
Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers Would Cause Harm at Federal and Local Levels Say Two Queens College Economists
October 27
Queens College Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on November 6 Will Focus on the Holocaust in American Film
October 20
Queens College Receives $5.6M U.S. Department of Education Grant to Prepare Sudents for STEM Careers
October 13
First Annual Queens College Arts Festival to Offer Free Events From Saturday, Oct. 22 Through Monday, Oct. 24
October 13
Queens Collects: 60 Years at the GTM Exhibition Oct. 22 - Dec. 17 at Queens College Showcases the Best of 6,000 Artworks
Stay Social at QC YouTube Facebook Twitter Gray Bar Calendar MyQC QC Mobile CUNY first Blackboard QC Bookstore

Click each division to view a complete list of its departments
Adult Collegiate Education | English Language Institute | Professional & Continuing Studies
Summer Session | Weekend College | Winter Session

Queens College, CUNY | 65-30 Kissena Blvd. | Queens, NY 11367-1597 | Phone: (718) 997-5000 Copyright © 2004-