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Baruch College Has Adjusted the Start Time of Its
May 27, 2016 Commencement



Planned End Time of 5:45 pm Allows Additional Travel Time for Those Students and Their Families Observing Sabbath.

 

NEW YORK, NY - February 26, 2016 -  Baruch College has worked with the Barclay’s Center to adjust its Commencement 2016 start time to 4:00 pm, rather than the originally planned 5:00 pm time. This adjustment allows for a planned end at 5:45 pm.

“We appreciate the flexibility of the Barclay’s Center that allows us to respond to feedback from our graduating students and their families about the inconveniences for those observing Sabbath,” said Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President of Baruch College. “Baruch College is committed to our entire diverse student body. With 170 countries and many ethnicities and religions represented, we work hard to ensure that our students receive a culturally sensitive and quality education. We are pleased that, with these revised space accommodations, we are able to be more responsive to the Sabbath constraints for both our Jewish and Muslim students.”

Baruch College chose Barclay’s Center because it is the only indoor facility in the City of New York that could offer space availability and that is capable of accommodating the entire Baruch community of more than 15,000 people for Commencement. Given the multiple activities that go on in the Barclay’s Center, May 27th was the only date available in reasonable proximity to the official end of the CUNY spring semester. Baruch is contractually committed to the Barclay’s Center for this date.

Before making this decision, Baruch’s Dean of Students conferred with representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities on our campus, which both have their Sabbath beginning on Fridays. Based on the additional feedback that Baruch has received the last few days, the College has had further discussions with the Barclay’s Center and has enlisted their help in adjusting the start and end times of the event so that we can keep a single graduation ceremony in a space large enough to accommodate all our students and their families.

 

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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 170 countries and speak 130 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 http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Christina Latouf, (646) 660-6114, christina.latouf@baruch.cuny.edu

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