Dear Commons Community,
It was a proud evening last night at the Graduate Center’s Commencement at Avery Fisher Hall. President Bill Kelly and Provost Chase Robinson presided over the ceremonies for our492 doctoral and 82 masters degree graduates. The main speaker was Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology, who referred to the importance of activism on the part of all of us and how we need to learn from and support Occupy Wall Street. Honorary degrees were given to Marian Goodman, influential gallerist, who has exhibited many of the foremost artists of our time in New York and Paris, and Philip Levine, poet laureate of the United States. The President’s Distinguished Alumni Medal was awarded to Binnaz Toprak, member of Turkey’s parliament, who received a doctorate from the Graduate Center in 1976.
Congratulations to all!!!