Monroe College Confers Degrees On More Than 2900 Students At 82nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

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New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr., Inspire Graduates to Make an Impact in Keynote Addresses

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, held its 82nd annual commencement ceremony at New York's iconic Radio City Music Hall. New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. were the keynote speakers.

Two separate ceremonies were held to accommodate the families and friends of the nearly 3000 students receiving Associate, Bachelor's or Masters degrees and professional certificates. Stephen J. Jerome, President of Monroe College, and Marc Jerome, Executive Vice President, welcomed students and their families with opening remarks. Dr. Reginald L. Hudson, Servant Pastor of the Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle, delivered the invocation.

The afternoon ceremony was held for 1612 students completing programs of study for the School of Allied Health Professionals, School of Business and Accounting, and School of Nursing. During his commencement address, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. implored graduates to leverage their knowledge to be an advocate for positive change within their communities and inspired them to become strong role models for self-improvement and empowerment.

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña was the commencement address speaker at the evening ceremony, also held June 9, which conferred degrees on 1324 students from Monroe's School of Criminal Justice, School of Education, School of Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts, and School of Information Technology. Reflecting on lessons learned during her own professional journey to her leadership position as the head of New York City's school system, she encouraged the new graduates to "…(T)ake chances. Go forth boldly, and leave fear behind. You will build resilience, a trait that will serve you well throughout your life and career."

Members of the Monroe College Class of 2015 represented 44 countries, including Brazil, China, India, and the Caribbean island nations of Bahamas, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, and St. Lucia. In addition to the awarding of 49 professional certificates, Monroe College conferred 226 MBAs, 1130 Bachelor's degrees, and 1576 Associate degrees during the commencement ceremonies.


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, and Master 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 Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. The institution was listed in the fall of 2013 by U.S. News & World Report as the most affordable ranked private college in New York State. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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