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Baruch College to Hold 44th Commencement Exercises on 5/27/09

Alumnus Sidney Harman to Deliver Commencement Address;
Mayor Bloomberg to Attend and Give Remarks

Baruch College’s 44th Commencement Exercises will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 27, in the main arena at Madison Square Garden, 7th Avenue and 32nd Street. This event marks the culmination of the academic year and is the crowning achievement for the thousands of students who will be receiving their degrees.

This year’s Commencement Speaker is Sidney Harman (’39), the founder of Harman Kardon industries and the creator of Baruch College’s prestigious Harman-Writer-in Residence Program. Dr. Harman will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa will also be conferred on alumnus Milton Cooper (’49), Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Kimco Realty Company since 1991.

We will also have with us at this year’s Commencement Exercises a very special guest, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mayor Bloomberg will give remarks and offer his congratulations to our graduates.

The Valedictorian for the Class of 2009 is Arthur Lotz, a Macaulay Honors student majoring in Finance. Arthur, who emigrated to U.S. six years ago, lives in Lynbrook, Long Island. He has compiled a perfect 4.0 average and plans to attend law school in the fall.

This year’s Salutatorian is Christopher Lee, also a Macaulay Honors scholar in the Zicklin School of Business. A resident of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Chris is an Economics major who compiled a 3.94 average.

Four members of the Baruch College community will be receiving Presidential Excellence Awards for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the College.

• The Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship will be presented to Professor of History Alfonso W. Quiroz. Dr. Quiroz was recently awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for a research project on “Constitutional debates in the Hispanic World.”

• The Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Faculty Service is being presented to Angela Anselmo. Dr. Anselmo is the director of the Baruch College SEEK program and has served for several years as the Chief Faculty Marshall at our Commencement ceremonies.

• This year we are presenting the award for Distinguished Teaching to two members of the Baruch faculty. The award to a full-time faculty member goes to Dr. Susan Locke, Professor of Psychology and the former director of the Baruch College Honors program. Dr. Locke has guided generations of Baruch College students to the successful completion of their academic careers.

• The award to an adjunct faculty member is being presented to Antonietta D’Amelio, of the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. Professor D’Amelio teaches Italian language and culture and will, in recognition of her outstanding teaching abilities, become a full-time Lecturer in Fall ’09.

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