May 31, 2013 | Queensborough Community College
“As President, I believe deeply in a strong and engaged faculty, a student-centered learning environment, and community partnerships to advance education and participation in our cultural resources.” Dr. Diane B. Call
A brilliant, sunny morning matched a joyous atmosphere as the Class of 2013—representing more than 8o nationalities—gathered for Queensborough Community College’s 52nd annual Commencement ceremony on May 31.
The occasion marked the official inauguration of Dr. Diane B. Call, who was appointed President of Queensborough Community College by the CUNY Board of Trustees on January 28, 2013. Dr. Call is the College’s first woman president.
“You all look amazing!” exclaimed Dr. Call to a roar of approval by the Class of 2013, comprising more than 2,000 graduates.
“Each of you has a personal story of determination that has led to this momentous juncture in your lives. As graduates, you leave here with the knowledge, friendship and values that will serve you well in the years to come.”
Allan H. Dobrin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of the City University of New York, presided over the installation of Dr. Call during the ceremony before more than 2,000 graduates, distinguished faculty, administrators, elected officials, and honored guests.
“It is my pleasure to present Dr. Diana Bova Call for her investiture as the fifth President of Queensborough Community College,” said Mr. Dobrin, who hailed Dr. Call for her “vision and leadership,” citing that her “exemplary background in the world of academia makes her singularly prepared for a position of this stature.”
“My years at Queensborough have been extraordinarily blessed,” added Dr. Call. “The list of those who have inspired me along my journey is long and I am deeply grateful to them all.” To the graduates she imparted some final advice: “As you embark on your own journeys, remember where you came from and where you want to go.”
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer made a special appearance and crowned Queensborough as “one of the finest community colleges in the entire state and in the country.”
Among the special guests were members of the Class of 1963, Queensborough’s second graduating class. In their edition of the Queensborough yearbook, the Class of 1963 selected the theme “Progress” as they witnessed construction of the technology building, the first permanent structure on campus.
Class of 2013 Commencement Awards
The President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Associate in Arts Degree: Liang Lin, Paula Villacres
The President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Associate in Science Degree: Kenny Cheng
The President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Associate in Applied Science Degree: Jennifer Lagasse
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Award: To the graduating student demonstrating outstanding College and community leadership: Jace Dunn
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Award: To the graduating student demonstrating exceptional leadership in promoting racial harmony and appreciation of cultural diversity: Jemima Matiminu
Additional honored guests who offered remarks included New York State Assembly Members Nily Rozic, David Weprin and Edward C. Braunstein; New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky; and Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, a stalwart supporter of Queensborough Community College and higher education in Queens.