Bobbi Brauer, Director of ASAP, welcomed graduates, friends and family to the celebration, commenting that, “The experiences you’ve enjoyed, the knowledge you have acquired, the skills you have improved, and the advice you have benefited from—all of this combines to reflect the advantages of having been a student in the ASAP program.”
As of the fall of 2012, ASAP’s enrollment totaled 427students, with 42 graduating this spring and summer. Of these students, 23 began their studies in the fall of 2010, completing their degrees in three years; and 19 who enrolled in the fall of 2011 completed their degrees in two years.
Ms. Brauer noted that the program is projecting enrollment of some 650 students for the 2013-14 academic year, nearly tripling the initial cohort of 228 students enrolled in ASAP for the fall 2007 semester.
Keynote speaker Michele Cuomo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has led the academic operations of the Freshman Academies, which is modeled on the ASAP program for its personalized approach toward academic advisement and student support. Ms. Cuomo congratulated the students, offering words of wisdom coined by Eleanor Roosevelt to “gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”
Special thanks were given to Dr. Diane B. Call, President of Queensborough Community College for her steadfast support, while additional recognition was offered to the ASAP staff, faculty liaisons, instructors, mentors and other members of the ASAP team.