Senator Charles Schumer, Keynote Speaker at BMCC 2010 Commencement

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Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) of The City University of New York will hold its 45th Commencement Exercises on May 28, 2010, at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Senator Charles "Chuck" Schumer

How much money you have should not define your potential to thrive.

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) of The City University of New York will hold its 45th Commencement Exercises on May 28, 2010, at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, 32nd Street and Seventh Avenue, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

BMCC, one of the nation’s leading community colleges in graduating students of color, will present over 2,700 graduates with Associate degrees in Science (AS), Arts (AA), and Applied Science (AAS), in fields including teacher education, liberal arts, science, business, health and human services.

The Keynote Speaker will be U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee who sponsored the Brady Bill, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Schumer has also delivered over $20 billion in aid to NYC since 9-11, and is a tireless proponent of educational opportunity for all students, especially those in need of financial aid.

“Where you grow up and how much money you have should not define your potential and opportunity to thrive,” says Schumer. “In these trying economic times, our nation and our state cannot afford to lose tomorrow’s doctors and scientists and teachers. Investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make.”

BMCC President Antonio Pérez will also address the graduates, and present the Presidential Medal to Raymond O’Keefe, a leading real estate broker whose career has spanned 44 years, and a philanthropist who founded the BMCC College Foundation and as President of the James T. Lee Foundation has awarded over $300,000 in scholarship support to BMCC.

The Valedictorian will be Leslie-Ann Reid Bacchus, an Out-in-Two scholar who came from Trinidad and worked as a nanny before pursuing her education. "At BMCC, I learned that I was not alone,” she says. “BMCC wants nothing more than to help you succeed, and this aim is personified in its staff and faculty."

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) enrolls over 22,000 degree-seeking and 10,000 Continuing Education students a year. The largest community college in The City University of New York (CUNY) system, BMCC has students from more than 155 countries, and awards associates degrees in over 27 fields.

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