Medgar Evers College is proud to announce its Forty – First Commencement ceremony, to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 12 noon. Themed “The Evolution of ME,” this year’s festivities shall celebrate the academic triumphs of 1,080 graduates.
“Forty graduating classes have donned caps and gowns to walk the commencement stage and receive their passports to a bright future,” said Dr. William L. Pollard, president of Medgar Evers College. “This ceremony is a testament to the hard work, sacrifice and dedication of our graduates and the network of friends and family that supported their dreams.”
Medgar Evers College has grown exponentially over the years. Over 40 years ago, the College enrolled just 1,000 students. Today, the rapidly growing institution has experienced years of record enrolment and expects a graduating class many times the size of the first class of 94 students in 1974. The spacious Javits Center comfortably accommodates this growing graduate class, guests, and special invitees, providing increased access and enhanced seating that affords students 4 tickets for their guests.
This academic capstone ceremony will feature a keynote address from Robert Reffkin, Chief of Staff, Office of the President & COO Goldman, Sachs & Company. Reffkin came to the position following five years working in the firm’s private equity arm. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he worked at Lazard Frères and McKinsey & Company. In 2005, he was appointed as a White House Fellow to serve as special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. He currently serves on the Board of the Citizens Committee for NYC, Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, and served as founding chair of Bronx Success Academy 1 charter school. He received a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. His primary philanthropic undertaking includes running 50 marathons, one in each U.S. state, to raise $1 million for youth education and enrichment programs.
The 2012 Medgar Evers College commencement exercises serve as a time of pomp and circumstance. It is an important milestone that recognizes the dedication of all our graduates as well as those friends and family members who supported them on their journey towards a degree.
The Jacob Javitz Center North is located at 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 (entrance West 39th Street and 11th Ave.). Additional information shall be available shortly on the college website.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.