Abraham Rodriguez, an acclaimed young novelist who says he wants to do for the Bronx what Balzac did for Paris, will be the featured speaker at the, CUNY GED graduation ceremony, Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 68th Street and Lexington Ave. More than 300 graduates of CUNY’s GED programs on 11 campuses, three HRA/CUNY BEGIN programs and the Young Adult Learning Academy will receive their high school equivalency diplomas. The students, mainly women, range in age from 19 to 60, and many have been out of school for years.
Mr. Rodriguez, the author of two prize-winning novels — Spidertown, which won the 1995 American Book Award, and The Boy Without a Flag: Tales of the South Bronx, winner of the New York Public Library’s 1993 Books to Remember for Young Teens Award — and numerous short stories about the Bronx that are included in anthologies, is a high school drop-out who earned his GED after participating in classes at Bronx Community College. He writes his stories at night after working days on a construction job. Other speakers will include Julia Goodwin, GED Testing Program, State Education Department; Richard Fish, Mayor’s Office of Adult Literacy; and CUNY Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Louise Mirrer.
Time: Monday, November 3, 7 p.m.
Place: Danny Kaye Playhouse
68th Street & Lexington Ave.