NEW YORK, NY – April 30, 2013 – Baruch College, a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), will host its 48th commencement exercises for the first time in Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, located at 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, on May 30, 2013. Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein will confer the degrees to the undergraduates and graduates at the ceremony that begins at 2:30 p.m.
Award-winning journalist Gillian Tett is this year’s keynote speaker. Baruch College will award Ms. Tett the degree of Doctor of Letters and retired U.S. Army General and Entrepreneur Wesley K. Clark the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the college’s annual commencement ceremony on May 30, 2013, pending approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees.
Gillian Tett is a British author and news journalist at the Financial Times where she is Assistant Editor and Columnist.Â In 2012 she received a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award.Â Ms. Tett was previously Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards (2009). Her book Fool’s Gold won “Financial Book of the Year” at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards in 2009.Â In 2007 Ms. Tett was awarded the Wincott prize , the premier British award for financial journalism, for her capital markets coverage. Additionally, she was British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008.Â Â Before joining the Financial Times in 1993, Ms. Tett was awarded a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University based on field work in the former Soviet Union.
Wesley K. Clark is Chief Executive Officer of Wesley K. Clark and Associates, an international consulting firm that specializes in business development, crisis support, and strategic communications; and retired General of the United States Army. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at West Point and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he earned a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master’s degree in military science. During his 34 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator, and businessman, and sought the 2004 Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Commencement will take place rain or shine. There is no alternate rain date. Participants should come prepared if inclement weather is expected on Commencement day.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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