New York City Mayor Eric Adams Spoke at Queens College’s First In-Person Commencement Ceremony in Two Years on Thursday, June 2, 9 am; Marked Its Ninety-Eighth Commencement

 –Honorees Were Tony-Winning Actor Danny Burstein ’86, Who Delivered the Commencement Address, and Renowned Microbiologist and Immunologist Arturo Casadevall ’79, MD, PhD, a Cuban Émigré Who Arrived in Queens at Age 11–

Investment Banking Executive, Venture Capitalist, and Financial Executive are this Year’s Queens College Annual Gala Honorees

Flushing, NY, June 3, 2022—Queens College President Frank H. Wu officiated at the college’s 98th commencement exercises that recognized over 2,100 degree candidates on Thursday, June 2, in a 9 am ceremony on the campus quad. Wu’s first in-person commencement—and second overall—since being named president in July 2020, was the college’s first in-person ceremony since 2019. In total, the college awarded just over 5,536 undergraduate and graduate degrees this year to candidates from summer and fall 2020, and winter and spring 2021.​ An estimated audience of 6,800 was in attendance.

Watch the commencement highlight video here and the full ceremony here. 

“Isn’t it great to be back in person again?” Wu asked the cheering crowd as he took the podium to begin the ceremony. “The word commencement, although it occurs at the end of each academic year, means the beginning,” he said. “We call it commencement because this moment signals your new beginning in your lives beyond Queens College. You’ve been prepared well; just as you’re beginning a new chapter, I feel as if I am with you, almost a member of your class. Though I am about to start my third year of service here, this is my first in-person commencement, and it’s wonderful to be back. All of us here today—including graduates, faculty, staff family members, loved ones, and alumni from the classes of ‘52, ‘62, and ‘72—have gathered to celebrate you, our great class of 2022.”

Maria Matteo

Media and College Relations