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Baruch College Graduates Class of 2010 on June 1: Mario Cuomo to Deliver Commencement Address

4,184 Degrees Will Be Conferred on June 1st at Madison Square Garden


NEW YORK, NY -- Mario Cuomo, three-term governor of New York State and one of this generation’s great political orators, will deliver the Commencement Address at Baruch College’s 45th graduation ceremony. The festive event, marked with flowers, balloons and confetti, takes place at 11 am, on Tuesday, June 1st at Madison Square Garden.

Baruch College President Stan Altman will confer 2,941 undergraduate and 1,243 graduate degrees on the Class of 2010, many of whom are the first in their families to earn the distinction of a college degree.

Donald Rubin is co-founder and CEO of the Rubin Museum of Art, which houses a major collection of Himalayan art. He will receive a Doctor of Humanities degree honoris causa at the ceremony. Through the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, he is engaged in a wide range of philanthropic activities promoting the arts, liberty and social justice.

The Valedictorian for the Class of 2010 is Veronika Ilyuk, a resident of Staten Island, who emigrated to New York from the Ukraine in 1993. The 21 year-old Ms. Ilyuk compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average and will receive a BBA degree in international marketing. The Salutatorian is Aysegul Ekmekci who came to the United States from Turkey at age 14. Ms. Ekmekci, a SEEK student, majored in Economics and Political Science. She will receive a BA degree.

Coverage Invited. Photo Op

DAY: Tuesday, June 1
TIME: 11 am
PLACE: Madison Square Garden
7th Avenue & 32nd Street
New York City


View the full Commencement Program PDF

Speeches Delivered at 2010 Commencement:
President Stan Altman
Former Governor Mario Cuomo

CONTACT: Jennifer Pauly;



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