New York City Comptroller John C. Liu will deliver remarks at York College’s (www.york.cuny.edu) Fortieth Commencement Exercises at 9:00 a.m., Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Health and Physical Education Field, 160th Street between Liberty Avenue and South Road, Jamaica, New York. Comptroller Liu will address the 815 graduates that range in age from 20 to 66. A number of other elected officials are expected to attend the event. This year’s valedictorian is outstanding scholar Joi Yau.
Of the 815 graduates, 72.8% are females and 27.2% are males. Conferred will be 293 B.A., 494 B.S. and 28 B.S./M.S. degrees. The top five countries of birth are the United States (24.9%), Guyana (8.7%), Jamaica (8.6%), Trinidad and Tobago (5.6%) and Haiti (3.9%). The top five native languages are English (58.3%), Spanish (9.7%), Creole (2.7%), French (1.8%) and Bengali (1.7%). The top five majors are Psychology (16.8%), Business Administration (14.1%), Accounting (7.6%), Social Work (7.0%) and Sociology (4.8%).
President Marcia V. Keizs will confer an honorary degree on Joseph Thomas Wells, founder and chairman of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) — the world’s largest anti-fraud organization. She will also bestow President’s Medals to William Jefferson, community leader and F. Carlyle Towery, president, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.
“John Liu has been actively engaged in and a positive influence at York College long before he was elected New York City Comptroller,” said York College President Marcia V. Keizs. “With that achievement and many others, he continues to inspire us with his leadership. We are very proud that he will delivery the 2010 Commencement Address.”