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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

Valedictorian Devorah Lebovic and Salutatorian Corey Trippiedi
2012 Valedictorian Devorah Lebovic and
Salutatorian Corey Trippiedi to address fellow classmates

NEW YORK, NY-May 16, 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 total 5,427 undergraduates and graduates in a morning ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and afternoon ceremony at 3 p.m.

Devorah Lebovic and Corey Trippiedi are the 2012 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, and will address their fellow graduates during commencement. Both were selected based on their academic achievement.

Devorah Lebovic, from Brooklyn, is Baruch College’s 2012 valedictorian, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in economics. As a student, Devorah was involved in Hillel, the Youth Organization for Israel (YOFI), The Pre-law Society, and served as a contributing writer and copy editor for the student newspaper, The Ticker. Outside of Baruch, Devorah volunteered for Learning Leaders and Mt Sinai Children’s Hospital. She is a fellow with the highly selective United Jewish Appeal (UJA)-Federation’s Shapiro Family Fellowship. Devorah also worked in corporate real estate, on the top producing team at Newmark Knight Frank and Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc. She is currently applying to law school to study constitutional law.

Corey Trippiedi is the salutatorian for Baruch College’s Class of 2012, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in international marketing. Corey, also from Brooklyn, was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Delta Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Baruch’s Undergraduate Student Government during his time as an undergraduate. He served as an ambassador for Baruch’s Honors Program and prepared income tax returns for low-income individuals with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Baruch. Currently, Corey is a global marketing and branding intern at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext and plans to intern in the media relations department at the NYSE throughout the summer.

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.



Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141,




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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