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  • 2017 Commencement Program

    Processional Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
    Presiding Gail O. Mellow, AA, BA, MA, PhD
    President of the College
    Welcome Shenglan Yuan, BS, MS, PhD
    Grand Marshal
    Welcome & Introductions Paul Arcario, BA, MA, MEd, EdD
    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Music Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key (1814)
    Arranged and conducted by Lisa DeSpain, BMus Comp, MMus
    Performed by the LaGuardia Student Choir
    Music Program, Humanities Department
      The audience is requested to remain standing until after the National Anthem is played.
    Greetings
     
    The Honorable Barry F. Schwartz, AB, JD
    Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York
    Greetings
    Andrea Shapiro Davis, BA, JD
    Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts Development
    The City University of New York
    Greetings
    Lorelei Salas, AA, BS, JD
    Commissioner, Department of Consumer Affairs
    LaGuardia Class of 1993
    Greetings
    Remy Patrick Lavilla
    Representative, Class of 2017
    Keynote Address President Mellow Introduces the Keynote Speaker
    Alicia Garza, BA, MA
    Co-founder, Black Lives Matter
    Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Conferring of Degrees President Mellow
    Candidates come on stage from both the left and right stairwell, shake hands with President Mellow or Provost Arcario, and exit down the center stairwell.
    Recessional Music The Platform Party exits the arena.
    The audience is requested to remain seated until the Recessional has ended.  


    *Program subject to change