United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan To Deliver Commencement Address at Hostos Community College

Monday, May 20, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the keynote address at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College’s 42nd commencement ceremony, to be held in New York City Center at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013. The College will confer degrees on approximately 800 students.

“I am honored to have Secretary Duncan serve as Hostos’ commencement speaker during our 45th Anniversary year. Secretary Duncan believes in what we believe in—that every student has the right to a high quality education no matter where he or she comes from.  Hostos exemplifies this very premise. On that day I am certain that Secretary Duncan will inspire all of us to press onward and upward,” said Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

The 45th anniversary year has been an extraordinary one for Hostos. Among its major accomplishments this year are the following: a $900,000 award from the National Science Foundation to support STEM curriculum and courses; the opening of two new Continuing Education and Workforce Development facilities with a combined cost of $3 million; the naming of Hostos Professor Rees Shad as New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); the launching of the Hostos Heritage Lecture Series with presentations by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, celebrated author Junot Díaz, and news anchor Cheryl Wills; invitation of the Hostos Repertory Company to the prestigious 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival —the only community college in the nation to be invited to this year’s Festival.

While Commencement is all about celebrating the accomplishments of our current crop of graduates, Hostos Community College is looking forward to a bright future. Retention and graduation rates have increased during the past four years and enrollment has doubled over the past decade. The College is also embarking on an expansion of its campus with the construction of a new building dedicated to Allied Health and Natural Sciences, and the launching of an innovative high school (Hero High) in partnership with Montefiore Hospital.

About Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan was named U.S. secretary of education by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009.  Prior to his appointment, Duncan served as the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. Before joining the Chicago Public Schools, Duncan ran the Ariel Education Initiative (1992–1998), a nonprofit focused on advancing educational opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas. He has served on the boards of the Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, the Children’s Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, Renaissance Schools Fund, Scholarship Chicago and the South Side YMCA. He has also served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College, the Visiting Committees for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he worked with children who were wards of the state. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987. He is married to Karen Duncan and has two children, Claire, 7, and Ryan, 5.

 Press Inquiries:

The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at New York City Center located at 131 West 55th St (between 6th & 7th Avenues) in New York City.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.

For general questions about the ceremony, please contact: Office of Student Activities

(718) 518-6561

For press inquiries, please contact: Soldanela Rivera: srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu

Phone: 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6872

For press inquires for Secretary Duncan, please contact: Sara Gast: Sara.Gast@ed.gov

Phone: 202-401-1989

 About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.