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BMCC Hosts 52nd Commencement June 2
BMCC will confer associate degrees during morning and afternoon Commencement ceremonies at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in Manhattan, on Friday, June 2. BMCC President Antonio Pérez will present the 2017 BMCC President’s Medal to U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat in the morning, and to Jane Rosenthal, film producer and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, in the afternoon. The morning Commencement Valedictorian is Computer Science major Olasubomi Ayomide Efuniyi and the afternoon Commencement Valedictorian is Psychology major Paulina Malinowska.


BMCC Presents Graduates With Nursing Degree  
BMCC Nursing Program graduates celebrated their achievement at the college’s annual pinning ceremony May 31, in Theater 2 at 199 Chambers Street. The two-year program prepares graduates for the  National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. This year, the program had 56 graduates.


2017 Honors Convocation Recognizes Student Excellence
The BMCC Honors Convocation was held May 30 in Theatre II. More than 50 students from a wide range of academic departments and those who have garnered special awards were recognized.  


Accounting Department Hosts Second Annual Award Ceremony
The BMCC Accounting Department held its Second Annual Award Ceremony on May 30 in Richard Harris Terrace, honoring Accounting graduates with a GPA of 3.75 and higher. Speakers included Karrin E. Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Accounting Chair Josh Wolfson and Accounting Professor Joel Barker. The awardees were Sarah Adydan, Lisa Alleyne, Tasnia Begum, Karen Catagua, Yan Ying Dong, Cindy Fong, Michelle Foreman, Brandon Forrest, Queenie Gao, Wending Han, Lismeyri Henriquez, Angelika Jedanowska, Rookmanee Khan, Zhenyi Li, Danping Lin, Pengshen Liu, Massiel Martinez, Yingzhu Nie, Ecaterina Sclearuc, Benedict Scoon, Tatjana Starkova Gonzalez, Israel Villa, Sharmin Wills Pollard, Chaoping Wu, Niru Yonjan, Tasmina Zaman and Xiawen Zhen. These graduates earned a 4.0 GPA in Accounting: Jia Rong Chen, Christina Choi, Anna Grzes, Saurav Paul, Irina Uspenskaya, Yilin Yu and Wing Hung Yu.

MEOC Commencement

MEOC Celebrates 2017 Commencement at Apollo Theater
The SUNY Manhattan Education Opportunity Center (MEOC) hosted a Commencement Ceremony for more than 500 students on June 1 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The Keynote Speaker was Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and Jerrell Johnson was Valedictorian. Remarks were delivered by Carl McCall, Chairman, SUNY Board of Trustees; Lisa McKay, Associate Provost and Director, SUNY UCAWD; Antonio Pérez, President, BMCC; Karrin E. Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President, BMCC and Anthony Watson, Executive Director, MEOC. "Graduates see this as an opportunity to jump-start their careers or go after their dreams of enrolling in post-secondary institutions,” said Watson. "To be a graduate of MEOC signifies a new beginning, moving toward the future they may have always envisioned for themselves and their family.”


MECA Students Create Blueprints for Their Dreams
Each school year at the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA) culminates with student presentations of their final project, a business or service they’ve envisioned, along with an advertising and marketing campaign. This year’s final presentations took place May 31 in the classroom of MECA Teacher Lora Morgenstern, and was attended by students, parents and guests. 

MEOC Hosts Awards Luncheon Ceremony
The SUNY Manhattan Education Opportunity Center (MEOC) Awards Luncheon Ceremony held May 25 at MEOC’s Art Gallery on 125th Street honored awardees Gilbert Alexis Bodley, JefferyDean Pee, Yolande Antoinette Sanker-Adrian, Nichelle Kali Way, Yuleisi Alondra Moreno, Sherrita Robinson, Deshana Rosa Pettiford Turner, Tata Dagnogna Saoidoh, Fatou Thiao, Ilaysha Amani, Coulibaly Epse Bamba, Nonlourou Zele, Eduarda Luna, Aby Diaby, Sherlly Honore, Diane Aimee Medrano Martinez, Beverly E. Davis, Bozena Z. Noedzialek, Calvina Utsey, Jerrell Johnson, Safa Alawi Al Gamal, Dale R. Cole, Ashley Renee Dixon, James Wesley Noble, Raymond C. Ross, Maria D. Alvarado, Dyquell Quason Roberson, Desiree A. Rodriguez, Rodney Cromartie and Ruth Maria Robles. Jerrell Johnson was Valedictorian and Maria D. Alvarado was Salutatorian. Michael Hatchette was recognized for 45 Years of Service; Juan Rufino for 25 Years of Service and Yveline Legagneur for 10 Years of Service.


Tonight: BMCC Select Chorus Celebrates Dvořák in Free Public Concert
The BMCC Select Chorus will perform June 1 at 7 p.m., at the Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center, 321 E. 73rd Street, NYC. This FREE event, presented through the Dvořák American Heritage Association, is part of the NY Philharmonic’s New World Initiative, a citywide project on Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and its theme of “home.”

BMCC Receives Close to $300K through DOE Grant
BMCC received $294,659 through the Department of Education's Upward Bound program, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer announced May 25. “If we are serious about remaining globally competitive, we must make sure all students are receiving a world-class education,” said Schumer. According to Gillibrand, “We need to do everything we can to give our students, regardless of background or income level, opportunities to grow and excel in post-secondary education, and these federal funds will help us achieve that goal.”

Civil Service Employee Recognition Day, RSVP by June 2
The BMCC community is invited to attend a special luncheon on June 20 in Richard Harris Terrace honoring Civil Service Classified Staff. David Killen, Donald Peterson, Celeste Holman, Jerome Hartzog and James Jones will be honored for 20 years service. Sonia Barco, Robert Philip, Carlos Rodas, Lilian Cardenas and Werner Quijano will be the 25-year honorees. Marveli Hilton will be the 30-year honoree and 35-year honorees will be Hector Pacheco, Wendell Readous and Rosa Hughley. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by June 2 to Maria Deckinger,, or call Ext. 1496.

BMCC Community Invited to AES Assessment Day, June 5
RSVP now to be part of AES Assessment Day, hosted by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the AES Assessment Committee on Monday, June 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fiterman1306-1307. Presenters from across BMCC will share assessment methods and findings, and participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their unit's Mission, Goals and Outcomes.

Making Headlines

BMCC Assistant Professor José Haro featured speaker at Technology and New Colonialism event
May 31, 2017 — Civic Hall

BMCC Financial Aid Director Ralph Buxton featured in story About Summer Pell
May 29, 2017 — Truthout

BMCC Open Educational Resources Story Featured by Instructional Technology Council
May 29, 2017 — Instructional Technology Council Newsletter

Manhattan Education Opportunity Center Gala Raises Thousands
May 26, 2017 — Metro

Human Resources

Summer Fridays Start June 30
BMCC’s four-day summer workweek will be in effect Monday, June 26 through Friday, August 11. The College will be closed these Fridays: June 30, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4 and August 11. The Independence Day holiday will be observed Tuesday, July 4 and during that week, all employees will work seven-hour days on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact the BMCC Office of Human Resources, (212) 220-8300.

CUNY Benefits and TIAA Offer Live Financial Webinar
Reserve your spot in the webinar "Dismantling Myths About Annuities,” Wednesday, June 14 at 12 p.m.

TIAA Meet With TIAA Counselor on Campus
BMCC employees can meet on campus with a TIAA counselor June 14, June 29, July 12, Aug. 10, Sept. 18, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 30 and Nov. 14. Please RSVP online or by calling (800) 732-8353, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Alumni and Donors

Help Make a Difference
The BMCC Faculty/Staff campaign provides scholarship and emergency support to BMCC students, 90% of whom need financial assistance to reach their educational goals. By donating just $25 to $100, you can help the college raise over $80,000 for students. Here are three ways to give:

  • Make a donation online.
  • Text your donation to BMCC at (646) 876-2622.
  • Send your check, payable to the BMCC Foundation, via interoffice mail to the Office of College Development, F1330. (Please note, you can designate your donation to your department.)

Text/ure exhibition in Shirley Fiterman Art Center 
Now through September 9

Urban Male Conference W.O.K.E.
June 2

Admissions Information Session 
June 6

Free Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training 
June 8


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Listings


Center for Career Development Events


Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Events


Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Events


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BMCC Basketball Inks Four to 2017 Recruiting Class

Fitness Center Welcome to the BMCC Fitness Center
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