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Baruch College Confers More Than 5,800 Degrees During 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Barclays Center

Graduates of the class of 2016

NEW YORK, NY- June 6, 2016-Baruch College conferred 5,873 degrees from the School of Public Affairs, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and Zicklin School of Business during its 2016 Commencement exercises on Friday, May 27, at a capacity-filled Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs David Christy served as the master of ceremonies.

The class of 2016 includes 441 bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients from the School of Public Affairs, 1,255 bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and 4,177 bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients from the Zicklin School of Business. The College also awarded 15 doctoral degrees to students who completed coursework and dissertations under the supervision of faculty. These doctoral degrees were awarded one week prior during a separate ceremony at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.

Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein presided over the exercises. In his remarks, he touched on current political turmoil in the United States and around the world and called on the graduates to make a difference in society. “If the United States is to continue to advance and prosper in the 21st century, we simply must find a way to overcome this climate of intolerance and fear—these deep schisms that divide us—and come together to address the serious problems facing our country. The examples are all around us: our crumbling infrastructure; failing primary and secondary education systems; lack of affordable housing and healthcare, especially in urban areas; and the growing disparities in wealth.”

Citing Baruch’s ethnic and racial diversity, and the College’s spirit of inclusion, Dr. Wallerstein said, “The hopeful news, however, is that all of you, and your generation, have the tools and the can-do spirit to address these problems. You are not burdened by the old biases and limitations of the past. You can carry the best parts of Baruch’s inclusive culture with you into the world and can help create change by being active and informed citizens. You can ask the tough questions and argue strongly for your point of view– while remembering that you can often learn from those with whom you disagree.”

In congratulations the thousands of students, Dr. Wallerstein said, “Baruch is proud of you. I’m proud of you...and you have every right to be proud of yourselves.”

During the event, Dr. Christy acknowledged this year’s salutatorian, Larab Khan, who received a BBA in economics and a minor in New York City studies. Khan had previously spoken at a special Student Awards Ceremony on May 25. Dr. Christy then introduced this year’s valedictorian, Natan Wise, who received a BBA in finance. In addressing his fellow students, Wise remarked, “As we move forward, together or separately, let’s take the Baruch values we learned with us: hard work, hustle, and the courage to just try without fear of what failure might look like. If we internalize these values and apply them to our personal and professional lives going forward, there is no doubt in my mind that we will all do some amazing things.”

Faculty Recognition

Baruch College also bestowed awards on four faculty members. David Gruber, a biologist and associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, received the Presidential Award for Scholarship. The Presidential Award for Teaching went to Mary Kern, who is an associate professor in the Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management. Mary McGlynn, associate professor in the Department of English, and Kannan Mohan, professor of computer information systems and interim director of Baruch’s Center for Teaching and Learning, received the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Faculty Service. Dr. McGlynn addressed the graduates on behalf of the Baruch College faculty.

Special Guest

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) made a surprise appearance at the Commencement ceremonies. In offering his best wishes, Senator Schumer exclaimed, “To the great class of 2016 at Baruch College, one of the best colleges in the country, congratulations!”

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About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to



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