Merryl H. Tisch to Address Second Macaulay Commencement June 5

New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Also to Receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Christina Squitieri ’12, graduating with a joint degree in Political Science and Creative Writing from Macaulay and Brooklyn College, will give the student address.

Macaulay Honors College has announced that New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch will give the address at its second annual Commencement Exercises on Tuesday, June 5, at 10am in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, 67th Street and Broadway. The procession of graduates, led by alumni of the Class of 2007, will begin at 9:30am from Macaulay’s home at 35 West 67th Street.

New York State Board or Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch.

Merryl H. Tisch was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents on April 1, 1996 and reelected to five-year terms on April 1, 2001, April 1, 2006 and April 1, 2011. She was elected Vice Chancellor by her colleagues effective April 1, 2007, was elected Chancellor by her colleagues effective April 1, 2009 and re-elected to a three year term effective April 1, 2010. Chancellor Tisch brings to her appointment many years of experience in the fields of education, community service, and philanthropy.

Chancellor Tisch is chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. With an annual budget of $100 million, Met Council has gained national recognition for its work in the areas of youth and family services, housing, poverty programs, and neighborhood preservation. Previously, Chancellor Tisch served as chairperson of the Mt. Sinai Children’s Center Foundation.

Chancellor Tisch serves on the executive committees of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the UJA-Federation of New York, the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Citizens Budget Commission. Additionally, she serves on the board of The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York. She was appointed to the Graduate School of Education’s Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and has been a board member of both Barnard College and the Dalton School.

From 1977 to 1984 Chancellor Tisch taught first-graders at New York City’s Ramaz School and the B’nai Jeshurun School. She received a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Christina Squitieri '12 (Brooklyn College)

Christina Squitieri ’12 (Brooklyn) will give the student address. Ms. Squitieri is a double major in Political Science and Creative Writing. She has studied theater in London and interned with the poetry magazine, The New York Quarterly, where she helped to screen, collate, and create a literary journal. She was the only non-Baruch student to be accepted to the Harman Poetry Workshop, where she received second Prize in the Harman Poetry Awards. Christina is also a Jack Nash Scholar and Mellon Scholar. She is planning on pursuing a Ph.D in either Renaissance or Modernist Literature.

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About Macaulay Honors College

Founded in 2001 by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Macaulay Honors College has already become one of the nation’s leading honors colleges, offering an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for future leaders of New York City—and beyond. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens, or Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students are awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship, giving them the freedom to pursue their academic goals without financial burdens. Macaulay further enriches students’ academic experience by providing a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see