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31-10 Thomson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
LaGuardia Community College
2017 Commencement Program
Pomp and Circumstance, March No. 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Gail O. Mellow, AA, BA, MA, PhD
President of the College
Shenglan Yuan, BS, MS, PhD
Welcome & Introductions
Paul Arcario, BA, MA, MEd, EdD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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.
The Honorable Barry F. Schwartz, AB, JD
Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York
Andrea Shapiro Davis, BA, JD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts Development
The City University of New York
Lorelei Salas, AA, BS, JD
Commissioner, Department of Consumer Affairs
LaGuardia Class of 1993
Remy Patrick Lavilla
Representative, Class of 2017
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
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.
The Platform Party exits the arena.
The audience is requested to remain seated until the Recessional has ended.
*Program subject to change