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May 19, 2008


— Mexican Sculptor Sebastian to be honored, CCNY President’s Medal to DA Robert M. Morgenthau —

NEW YORK, May 19, 2008 – The City College of New York (CCNY) will confer an honorary degree on internationally renowned Mexican sculptor Enrique Carbajal, known professionally as “Sebastian,” at its 162nd Commencement Exercises, Friday, May 30, 2008.  Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau will receive The City College President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. outside Shepard Hall, at 160 Convent Avenue, Manhattan.   

Dr. Gregory H. Williams, CCNY’s 11th President and an award-winning author, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2008. Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY), and a member of the CCNY Class of 1963, will offer greetings on the 45th anniversary of his graduation. Charles Shorter, a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees, will also offer greetings. 

 This year’s graduating class includes approximately 2,900 students, of whom approximately 1,400 are candidates for bachelor’s degrees.

The Class of 2008 Valedictorian is Antonia M. Florio. The 22-year-old Queens resident is graduating from the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY with a 3.94 G.P.A. She will receive a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Jewish Studies.

Among the top honors Ms. Florio earned at CCNY were the NYC Merit Scholarship (2004); the Bausch and Lomb Scholarship (2004); the Dr. Bernard B. Levine Scholarship (2006); and the Professor Jess Hank’s Award (2007). She also received a City College Fellowship, which is awarded to highly qualified students who plan to pursue careers as academicians.

Ms. Florio will take her passion for ecology and conservation to the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History in the fall. There she will enroll in Gilder’s new Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology in preparation for a career as a research scientist in ecology and evolutionary biology.

This year’s Salutatorian is Susan Lien, who will receive a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from CCNY’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and graduate with a 4.00 G.P.A. 

In June, Ms. Lien, who lives in Manhattan, will enter the third year of medical school at New York University, one of six cooperating schools in the Sophie Davis seven-year joint B.S. / M.D. program.

Her numerous honors at CCNY include a Leonard Davis Community Service Fellowship (2005), a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence; the IBM T.J. Watson Memorial Scholarship; the Ann S. Kheel Scholars Program in Community Service Award and a Tylenol Scholarship.  

For bios of CCNY’s 162nd Commencement honorees, click here. For a profile of CCNY President Gregory H. Williams, click here.

About The City College President’s Medal

The City College President’s Medal is awarded for distinguished achievement and public service.  Past recipients include Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Aumann, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), Nobel Laureate Leon M. Lederman, astronaut Mario Runco Jr., Bill Cosby and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. The 2002 Medal was awarded to the men and women of New York City’s uniformed services for their heroic service on and after September 11, 2001.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit