Monroe College Confers Degrees on 2,800 Students Representing 68 Countries at 84th Annual Commencement

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New York City Council Member Annabel Palma and New York State Assemblymember Michael Blake delivered the commencement addresses at ceremonies held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The College conferred 460 Master’s degrees; 1,169 Bachelor’s degrees; and 1,130 Associate degrees this year, as well as awarded 43 professional certificates.

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, held its 84th Annual Commencement yesterday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. New York City Council Member Annabel Palma and New York State Assemblymember Michael Blake gave commencement addresses.

Two separate ceremonies were held to accommodate the families and friends of the 2,800 students receiving Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees and professional certificates. Marc M. Jerome, President of Monroe College, and Stephen J. Jerome, Chairman and President Emeritus, offered welcoming remarks.

Nearly 1,500 graduates participated in the morning ceremony for those completing programs of study for the School of Business and Accounting, School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Institute of New York, and School of Information Technology. Rosa Galan, a Monroe College alumna and member of its staff for the last 28 years, served as Grand Marshal of the processional. During the commencement address, New York City Council Member Annabel Palma, an alumna of the College, encouraged graduates to be tenacious and push beyond their comfort zones to open doors for themselves and others.

The afternoon ceremony conferred degrees on more than 1,300 graduates from Monroe’s School of Allied Health Professions, School of Criminal Justice, School of Education and School of Nursing. Lisa Scorca, an alumna and staff member with more than 18 years of service to the College, led the processional as Grand Marshal for the afternoon ceremony. New York State Assemblymember Michael Blake spoke to the graduates and guests about their responsibility to “be ready to lead in this moment of hope” and create opportunities for others.

There were 68 countries represented by the Class of 2017. In addition to students from the U.S. and its territories, there were sizable contingents from Antigua, Bahamas, Bangladesh, China, Dominica, India, Jamaica, Japan, Netherlands Antilles, and South Korea.

The College conferred 460 Master’s degrees; 1,169 Bachelor’s degrees; and 1,130 Associate degrees this year, as well as awarded 43 professional certificates.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a student-centric learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Allied Health Professions, Business & Accounting, Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Institute of New York, Information Technology, and Nursing, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.

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