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Baruch College Announces Its 2013 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Valedictorian Fanta Conde               Salutatorian Linda Haviv


NEW YORK, NY- May 13, 2013 - Baruch College is proud to announce that students Fanta Conde and Linda Haviv are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. They will join their fellow graduates during the commencement ceremony at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Thursday May 30, 2013.

The commencement ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in Citi Field, located at 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein will confer the degrees to the undergraduates and graduates. Award-winning journalist Gillian Tett is this year’s keynote speaker. Baruch College will award Ms. Tett the degree of Doctor of Letters and retired U.S. Army General and Entrepreneur Wesley K. Clark the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the college’s annual commencement ceremony on May 30, 2013.

Valedictorian Fanta Conde, from The Bronx, is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Investments. Conde was involved in the Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC) as a math tutor, volunteered as a career advisor with the African Student Association of Baruch (ASAB), and served as a guard on the women’s basketball team. Outside of Baruch, Conde volunteers as mentor for Harlem YMCA Black Achievers in Industry. She’s also a member of the Association Guineenne de Basketball Universitaire, AGUIBASKET, participating in tournaments and working to enhance youth basketball programs in Guinea. After graduation, Conde will be joining BlackRock as an Aladdin Business Analyst.

Salutatorian Linda Haviv from Brooklyn is a Macaulay Honors Student and is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. At Baruch, Haviv was the Elected Representative Senator in the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, The Ticker. She also participated in several national competitions with Baruch and won first place in the Ernst & Young: Your Vision, Your World Competition 2011. She’s a volunteer at the Hebrew Educational Society (HES), UJA Federation and also works as performer where she sings and emcees events throughout the tri-state area. After graduation she will take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and apply to law school while working at Fox News. Her career goal is to become an on-air legal analyst and still make time for her interest in the performing arts.

Students, faculty, friends and family are encouraged to engage with the college and this year’s commencement through the school’s Facebook and Twitter pages.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 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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