PBS Journalist Ray Suarez to Address CCNY’S 166th Commencement June 1

College to Confer Honorary Degrees on Suarez, soprano Kathleen Battle, philanthropist Harvey Kaylie, ’60EE, and Professor Emeritus Sheldon Weinbaum.

Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for “PBS NewsHour,” will be the guest speaker at The City College of New York’s 166th Commencement Exercises, 10 a.m. Friday, June 1, on the CCNY campus. Mr. Suarez will also receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Laws, from the College.

In addition, CCNY will confer honorary degrees on: operatic soprano Kathleen Battle; engineer and philanthropist Harvey Kaylie, ’60EE, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Sheldon Weinbaum.

CCNY President Lisa S. Coico will preside over the commencement exercises. She will confer degrees upon approximately 3,563 members of the Class of 2012, of which approximately 2,467 are candidates for bachelor’s degrees.

Karan Mehta is the Class of 2012 Valedictorian. The New Hyde Park, Long Island, resident and son of Indian immigrants will receive a BS in Biomedical Science, summa cum laude, from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. In the fall, he will attend Albany Medical College to complete his medical studies.

This year’s Salutatorian is Zoe Spanos of Richmond Hill, Queens. She is graduating with a BS in Biology, summa cum laude, from CCNY’s Macaulay Honors College. A first-generation American with a Greek father and Mexican mother, Ms. Spanos will return to CCNY in the fall to do graduate work with a goal of earning a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology.

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