— Philanthropist Larry Gralla ’51, Austrian educator Hans Matzenauer, Nobel Laureate Mario José Molina to be honored, CCNY President’s Medal to Josh S. Weston ’50 —
NEW YORK, May 21, 2007 – The City College of New York (CCNY) will confer honorary degrees on philanthropist Larry Gralla ’51, noted Austrian educator Hans Matzenauer and Nobel Prize-winning chemical engineer Mario José Molina at its 161st Commencement Exercises, Friday, June 1, 2007. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. outside Shepard Hall, at 160 Convent Avenue, Manhattan.
In addition, the City College President’s Medal for Distinguished Service will be presented to Josh S. Weston, a 1950 CCNY graduate who as Chairman and CEO turned Automatic Data Processing (ADP) into the largest payroll and tax filing processor in the world.
Dr. Gregory H. Williams, CCNY’s 11th President and an award-winning author, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2007. Frederick P. Schaffer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, The City University of New York, and Rita DiMartino, of the CUNY Board of Trustees, will offer greetings. This year’s graduating class includes approximately 2,300 students, of whom approximately 1,600 are candidates for bachelor’s degrees.
The Class of 2007 Valedictorian is Eder Izaguirre, a 21 year-old immigrant from Honduras who came to the United States in 2002. He will receive a B.S. in Physics and is graduating with a 3.91 G.P.A.
A Westchester resident, Mr. Izaguirre spent summer 2006 as an intern at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, and was awarded a City College Fellowship, which are given to highly qualified students who plan to pursue academic careers.
His other honors include the Zemansky Introductory Physics Award, the Mellon May Undergraduate Fellowship, the Physics Department’s Sidney Millman Scholarship and the Ira Weber Scholarship for Science.
After graduation, Mr. Izaguirre will enter the Ph.D. program at Stanford University and plans a teaching and research career in high energy physics.
This year’s Salutatorian is Queens resident Katherine Ramos, who will receive a B.A. in Psychology and Art and graduate with a 3.9 G.P.A.
Among the honors she has received are the coveted City College President’s Award, the Zitrin Scholar Award, the Outstanding Academic Hispanic Scholarship, The City College Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and a City College Fellowship. In addition, Ms. Ramos is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa.
Next fall, she will enter Rice University, where she was one of just four students accepted into the exclusive doctoral program in industrial organizational psychology. After earning her Ph.D., she hopes to return to CCNY as a professor.
About The City College President’s Medal
The City College President’s Medal is awarded for distinguished achievement and public service. Past recipients include Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Aumann, Ms. Coretta Scott King, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Nobel Laureate Leon M. Lederman, astronaut Mario Runco Jr., Bill Cosby and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. The 2002 Medal was awarded to the men and women of New York City’s uniformed services for their heroic service on and after September 11, 2001.
About The City College of New York
For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.