Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, The City University of New York’s first new community college in more than 40 years, celebrated its inaugural commencement on August 27. The commencement ceremony was held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, New York, N.Y.
80 students from the College’s first entering class graduated. 73 students will continue their studies at four-year colleges; 64 will enroll at CUNY senior colleges.
President Scott E. Evenbeck served as Master of Ceremonies and conferred the degrees. Dr. Alia Tyner-Mullings, Assistant Professor, Sociology, was the Grand Marshall. Continuing students Tori Brooks and Mindy Perez sang America the Beautiful and graduating students Bianca Castro and Raul Ramirez gave the Invocation.
Speeches were given by Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken, and CUNY Trustee Philip Alfonso Berry. Stephen J. Icaza, SGA President 2012-13, gave the welcome address on behalf of the students, and Alfajo Jallow, SGA President 2013-14, presented President Evenbeck with a plaque as the class gift to the College.
The President’s Medal for outstanding contributions to the College was awarded to the following individuals:
John Mogulescu, the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies who from 2007-2010 led a University team in developing the model for CUNY’s seventh community college.
Matthew Goldstein, who served as chancellor of The City University of New York from September 1999 to June 2013 and whose desire to improve the graduation rates at the University’s community colleges led to the creation of its newest community college.
Ernest Rubenstein, President of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, who determined that making a college education available to the largest number of highly motivated, low-income public school graduates through the Foundation’s historic gift to CUNY would best honor the aspirations, values and memory of Charles and Stella Guttman.
Elizabeth Olofson, as Executive Director of the Stella and Charles Foundation, championed the Foundation’s $15 million endowment gift to the College to support student success.
Read the Guttman Inaugural Commencement press release.
View photos of the Commencement ceremony.