Hostos Holds Its Twenty-Sixth Honors Convocation

– Over 300 Graduating Students Recognized For Their Exceptional Academic Accomplishments –

As a preliminary to the forthcoming 39th Commencement Ceremony, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College held its 2010 Honors Convocation on the evening of Wednesday, May 25, 2010 to recognize over 300 graduating students.

At the convocation, each graduating honor student, including valedictorian Melissa Diaz and salutatorian Madelin Gutiérrez, received a certificate and a gold honors stole as a symbol of academic achievement.

After welcoming remarks by Dr. Lucinda Zoe, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez greeted students and their accompanying family members and friends in the repertory theater.

Congratulating the honorees, President Matos Rodriguez said, “Those of you who are being recognized here today have made the most of all this college has to offer, and by doing so you have come to represent the best of what our student body is capable of achieving. Your academic accomplishments are proof that Hostos can attract first-rate students and produce first-rate scholars in a variety of fields.”

After Father James Sheehan, the campus minister, offered the invocation, Dr. Hector Lopez, Chair of the College Senate, and Mr. Ronald Hunter, President of Hostos Student Government Organization, gave their greetings.

Ramon M. Rodriguez, Esq., Interim Vice President of Institutional Development, announced the special awards, which President Matos Rodriguez presented with the assistance of Interim Provost Zoe, Senior Vice President for Budget and Finance Esther Rodriguez-Chardavoyne, Interim Vice President for Student Enrollment and Management Nathaniel Cruz, and Ms. Elba Cabrera, Secretary of the Hostos Community College Foundation.

“Because of their high achievement and voluntary service, the students who are being honored tonight are role models and mentors for their classmates,” said Professor Sandy Figueroa who chaired the Honors Convocation Committee. “I am proud to chair a committee of dedicated faculty and staff members who have organized this event to celebrate these students’ noteworthy accomplishments and commendable contributions.

Hostos Foundation Scholarship awards, which are presented to outstanding graduates who intend to continue their education as full-time students at the baccalaureate level, went to valedictorian Diaz and salutatorian Gutierrez.

The Hostos-Columbia Global Scholars Program is a joint endeavor of Hostos Community College and Columbia University that prepares students from diverse backgrounds for careers in international affairs and national security. Global Scholars in the current graduating class are Katina Burnett, Jaffranna Castillo, Melissa Diaz, Jeanette Garcia, Madelin Gutierrez and Crisne Lebron.

Other honors included the Hostos Teacher Academy, the Women’s History Month Celebration, the Pi Day from the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Departments, the Kaplan Leadership Program Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Award.

Led by Provost Zoe, department chairs, unit coordinators, and Hostos staff presented departmental, unit and other special awards. These awards and honors were from all the academic departments and units of the college, as well as student development and community programs, CUNY scholar athletics, services for students with disabilities, the alumni’s Circle of 100 Scholarship, the Association of Dominican American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA), Desfile Dominicano del Bronx, National Puerto Rican Day Parade/Ernesto Malave Award, New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc, the 2010 Summer Study Abroad Program, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship, the Peter Vallone Scholarship, and, College Discovery Awards. Members of the graduating class were also inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Delta Mu honor societies.

After the ceremony, graduating students and their families and friends were treated to a banquet at the college cafeteria.

Members of the Honors Convocation scholarship and awards committee included the following: Professor Sandy Figueroa (Chair), Senior Vice President Esther Rodriguez-Chardavoyne, Interim Vice President Nathaniel Cruz, Lillian Acosta, Professor Nieves Aguilera, Professor Nieves Angulo, Professor Amanda Bernal-Carlo, Professor Winsome DaCosta, Nydia Edgecombe, Professor Jerilyn Fisher, Maria Grieco, Professor Cynthia Jones, Professor Isabel Li, Pat Mabry, Professor Raymond Rodriguez, Professor Jo-Ann Rover, Professor Rees Shad, Professor Maya Sharma, Professor Linda Watkins-Goffman, and others.

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