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Borough of Manhattan Community College Honors 50th Anniversary at 2013 Graduation

May 30, 2013

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), of the City University of New York will hold its forty-eighth commencement exercises on Friday, June 1, at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in Manhattan. This particular graduation ceremony will showcase BMCC’s fiftieth anniversary; a milestone that was celebrated throughout the academic year with events such as on-campus reunions and tours, and a lavish celebration—in which proceeds went to BMCC Foundation Scholarships for students—on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Graduates from BMCC’s very first graduating classes in the 1960s will be in attendance at this year’s commencement.

Prior to students receiving their diplomas and walking across the stage, BMCC’s President Antonio Perez will address the student body, staffers, and friends of the college.

The Honorable Philip Alfonso Berry, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, The City University of New York, will address the audience and Christen Larsen, Chairperson of the BMCC Foundation Board, will receive this year’s Presidential Medal.

The 2013 Valedictorian, scholar Tabitha Rinko-Gay, a former professional ballet dancer, will address the graduates along with scholar Andrew Grant, President of BMCC’s Student Government Association.

The class of 2013 consists of more than 3,100 scholars from 31 majors, and includes BMCC’s very first Communication Studies graduates. Per tradition, graduating students from BMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors society will be seated on stage of the Jacob K. Javitz Center.

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) was founded in 1963 as a small, primarily business-oriented community college, and located in two floors of a commercial building in midtown Manhattan. The College evolved in response to the advent of open admissions at CUNY in 1970, and later in response to the emergence of new technologies and changes in business and industry.

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