MAY 31, 2017 — “In my country, education for women is only in the constitution,” says Shahin Sultana, born in Bangladesh. But with a supportive family, Shahin went to school and was the top student in every class — a distinction she has continued at Bronx Community College, where on June 2, she will address the BCC Class of 2017 as its Valedictorian.
The ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. under a field of tents erected on BCC’s Ohio Field. In addition to Ms. Sultana’s address, the Class of 2017 and family and friends will hear greetings from elected officials from the borough, city and state and be addressed by BCC president Thomas A. Isekenegbe.
As the President notes in his Commencement message, “This year’s Commencement marks a major event in BCC history. On April 11, 1957, the building blocks for Bronx Community College were set. Our community of dreamers and achievers started after many years of campaigning by local activists for additional higher education in the Bronx. We are excited to honor the Class of 2017 this year as part of our 60th Anniversary and Diamond Jubilee celebration.”
The Class reflects the diversity BCC as a whole. The 2209 graduates were born in 43 different countries, with 50% USA-born, 30% born in the Dominican Republic and 4% in Jamaica. Around two thirds are female. The two youngest graduates are 19, the oldest is 66. Forty-six of them are veterans.
Commencement caps off a week of activities for the Class of 2017, including the Graduation Rehearsal and Senior Reception on Thursday, June 1. On Wednesday, May 31st, the Honors Convocation will be addressed by the Class Salutatorian Mohammed Mfosa. The Ghanaian-born Mr. MFosa actually graduated in December and is already majoring in biology at the State University of New York in Binghamton. Like the Valedictorian, he is planning on a career as a doctor.
By noon on Commencement Day, the men and women who entered the tents on Ohio Field as BCC students will leave it as freshly minted-alumni.