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Close to 750 graduates, our largest graduating class to date, were recognized for their academic achievements at our 2018 Commencement Exercises, held at David Geffen, Lincoln Center, in New York City on Friday, June 1.

Distinguished speakers included Dean John Mogulescu, the Honorable Kevin D. Kim from the Board of Trustees, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Bridgette Bryant, in addition to our student speaker Christopher Bonet who graduated with his BS in Business and inspired us all with his personal, but relatable, venture of attaining his degree.

“I went on this academic journey because I knew my heart was in it, and I would dedicate myself,” said Bonet. “Here I am, 13 years after finishing high school, earning a degree that 20-year-old Chris never would have thought possible.”

The evening was punctuated by the timely and stirring remarks of Keynote Speaker Shaun King, who challenged our graduates to find their own ways to fight for a better world.

“You are graduating with a hard-earned degree,” said King. “But this is not the destination, it's just a transition from one phase of your life to another.  This world needs you to be your very best.  The world is counting on you.  I believe in you.  And everybody in this room believes in you.”

Shaun King
CUNY SPS Commencement Speaker


Christopher Bonet
CUNY SPS Student Commencement Speaker 

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