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NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and NY State Comptroller Thomas P. Dinapoli to Speak at Baruch College’s 47th Commencement Exercises May 30

Baruch College's 47th Commencement Speakers Christine Quinn and Thomas DiNapoli
Honorary Degree Recipients

New York Times Columnist David Brooks
CEO of Sterling Bancorp Louis J. Cappelli

NEW YORK, NY-April 17, 2012 – Baruch College, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), will host its 47th commencement exercises to be held in two complete ceremonies on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center North, on West 40th Street and Eleventh Avenue. Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein will confer the degrees to the undergraduates and graduates in the morning ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and in the afternoon ceremony at 3 p.m.

This year, the commencement address will be delivered by two prominent speakers: Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council Speaker who will address Baruch graduates during the morning session, and Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, who will speak during the afternoon session.

Christine C. Quinn has spent her career in public service, fighting for policies and services that are critical to the lives of New Yorkers. Since 1999, Ms. Quinn has served Manhattan’s lower west side in the City Council.  Elected Speaker in 2006, she has negotiated on-time, balanced City budgets, reducing government spending, avoiding tax hikes and preventing firehouse closings, teacher layoffs and cuts to key services.

Thomas P. DiNapoli was elected to a full four-year term as New York State Comptroller in November 2010. Since first taking the position in February 2007, DiNapoli has transformed the way his office does business, instilling reforms to make government more effective, efficient and ethical. He has pushed for increased transparency and accountability in government, and identified billions of dollars in waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

Two honorary degrees will be presented at the commencement. David Brooks, The New York Times Columnist, will be presented with the Doctor of Letters during the morning session, and Louis J. Cappelli, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling BanCorp will be presented with the Doctor of Humane Letters during the afternoon session.

David Brooks’s column on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times started in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.” He is the author of “Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster.

Louis J. Cappelli, graduated from Baruch College in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.While studying at Baruch at the age of 18, Mr. Cappelli worked full time as a mail room messenger at Sterling Bancorp. Through many years of hard work and dedication, Mr. Cappelli became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling National Bank/Sterling Bancorp. He was also a former member of Mayor Dinkins' New York City Council of Economic Advisors, and continues to serve as a member of several industry related organizations including  the American Bankers Association and the New York State Bankers Association.



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WHAT:             Baruch College 47TH Commencement


WHEN:             May 30, 2012

                           10:30 a.m. (Session One)

                           3 p.m. (Session Two)


WHERE:          Jacob Javits Convention Center North

                          West 40th Street and Eleventh Avenue

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