CUNY in-person graduations underway



College commencements are returning for CUNY, and as students walk down the aisle with their cap and gown, they will finally get to celebrate in person with their loved ones after two years of COVID.

CUNY marks a May milestone this year, as their two-year graduations were held remotely or partially due to the coronavirus. Over 55,000 celebrated and were honored.

Some featured speakers in various CUNY colleges will be Dr. Anthony Fauci, Nobel peace prize Laureate Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, Ellen Ochoa and Lehman Alumni Dr. Sandra Lindsay.


Oneonta admits three to Tri-Alpha

Of the 141 students at SUNY Oneonta, three first-generation students and Kingsbridge residents stepped on stage in the Alumni Field house on April 24 to receive a certificate and pin for their induction to the Tri-Alpha national honor society.

It was the inaugural class of first-generation Oneonta college students inducted into the prestigious society.

Sabrina Batista, who is pursuing a degree in Business Economics and Vanessa Sanseverino and Emely Castillo, both pursuing degrees in Biology, were recognized for their hard work and academic success.

To qualify for Tri-Alpha, students need to meet at least 30 credits a semester toward an associate or baccalaureate degree.

A grade point average of 3.2 is required.

“Being first in your family to attend college is an accomplishment, and you should be proud,” Oneonta states on its website.

Students who are the first in their immediate family to complete a four-year degree are considered first-generation students.

The definition of a first-generation college student can be different — depending on who you ask.

According to Oneonta, it recognizes other circumstances, such as a sibling attending college too or parents who have attended college but did not earn a degree, might make the definition confusing.

Either way, they state they welcome all backgrounds to support student success.


Clinton sophomore is logo champ

DeWitt Clinton high school sophomore Shahrin Alfi won the school’s 125th anniversary art contest where she created her own logo design.

The Clinton alumni board judged five submissions and Alfi was presented with a $125 prize.

The school is celebrating its 125th anniversary and everyone is invited on May 26 in Marina Del Ray located in Throgs Neck. To find out about how to attend and make donations can be found at

The day after the event there will be another celebration; this time at the school. A homecoming event will include a tour and the induction of Bert Blanco into the sports hall of fame and a memorial walk.

The homecoming will move to Mon Amour Café where a meet and greet for alumni 21 and over will wine and dine with appetizers and special giveaways for $55.

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