Students Share Stories of Triumph With CUNY TV

Nineteen CUNY valedictorians and student graduation speakers met in a CUNY TV studio to talk with Tinabeth Pina, the host of the award-winning show “Study with the Best,” about the impact that their CUNY educations had on their lives. Their stories of personal and academic challenge and triumph will be compressed into a video to be shown at the June Board of Trustees meeting.

“Thanks for all you do for the City University of New York in shining the light so bright for what this great institution is,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken who met with the students during the taping.

The students are, front row from left: Caitlin Larsen, Baruch College, Palwasha Syar, College of Staten Island, Stephin Jose, Macaulay Honors College, Bebi Rajendra, York College and Daniela Mikhaylov, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College.

Middle row, from left: Nina Bakoyiannis, Queens College, Giuseppe (Joey) Fattorusso, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Jasmine Rodriguez, Hostos, Community College, Natalie Alcide, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Kevin Lamonte Jones, Brooklyn College and Razieh Arabi, Queensborough Community College.

Back row, from left: Rina Schiller, Hunter College, James Street, Lehman College, Daniel Chan, CUNY School of Professional Studies, Daniel Plastrik, Guttman Community College, Haris Khan, Queensborough Community College and Olasumbomi Ayomide Efuniyi, Borough of Manhattan Community College.  Not pictured are:  Jermani Faulk, Kingsborough Community College and Jonathan Arcentales, Medgar Evers College.

CUNY TV will be posting more interviews with these extraordinary students in the coming weeks.