Rev. Alfonso Wyatt to Deliver Commencement Address at Kingsborough Community College

June 13, 2011 | Kingsborough Community College

Rev. Alfonso Wyatt

Brooklyn, June 9 – Dr. Regina Peruggi, President of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), today announced that Rev. Alfonso Wyatt, a Vice President of the Fund for The City of New York, Project Director of the Jericho Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project for the Fund, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Twenty-First Century Foundation, will deliver the commencement address at the college’s 46th commencement ceremony.  Rev. Wyatt will also receive the President’s Medal.  The graduation will be held on campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m.

Rev. Wyatt has worked with three generations of young people as an educator, counselor, program developer, administrator, mentor and advocate.  He has created innovative programs that respond to the needs of young people in foster care, group homes, community-based organizations, public schools, detention facilities and the broader faith community.  He is an ordained minister on the staff of the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York.

“We are honored that Rev. Wyatt will deliver Kingsborough’s commencement address,” said Dr. Peruggi. “He is an extraordinarily inspirational and dynamic leader.  I have admired Reverend Wyatt for many years as his passion for his work and for the young people he serves is a model for us all.  He has created numerous innovative programs to address the needs of young people in challenging environments and I know our students will benefit from hearing his message.  I am pleased to award him the President’s Medal in recognition of his dedication and commitment to community service and the young people of New York City.”

The Class of 2011 valedictorian is Carly Chin, a native New Yorker. Ms. Chin is an Honor/Phi Theta Kappa student with a perfect 4.00 GPA.  A mental health and human services major, she plans to attend one of the City University of New York (CUNY) senior colleges following her graduation.

 About Kingsborough Community College

 KCC, among the top ten percent of community colleges in the country, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn.  It was founded in 1963 and serves approximately 30,000 students per year.  It offers a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in liberal arts and career education, as well as numerous specialized programs.  The campus overlooks three bodies of water:  Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. 

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