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May 17, 2005


New York, May 17, 2005 -- Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr., will be the guest speaker at The City College of New York’s 23rd Annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 26, 2005.

The Convocation will be held in The Great Hall, on the second floor of Shepard Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. Approximately 500 seniors graduating with CCNY’s most prestigious honors and prizes will be recognized at the ceremony.

Mr. Carrión will address the honorees along with CCNY President, Dr. Gregory H. Williams.

Lev Sviridov, City College’s 2005 Rhodes Scholarship winner who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, and Erja Vettenranta, an outstanding scholar-athlete who completed a double major in English and Spanish with a 4.0 GPA last February, will be the co-Salutatorians. Both will speak at the ceremony.

Mr. Sviridov, Ms. Vettenranta and CCNY’s Class of 2005 Valedictorian Amie Dave, will be among the honorees at the convocation.

Brief bios of the Hon. Carrión and the co-Salutatorians follow.

The Hon. Adolfo Carrión, Jr.:
Adolfo Carrión was elected Bronx Borough President in November 2001. At his inauguration, he committed his administration to the leadership principles he stressed during his campaign: improved schools and housing, more decent paying jobs and safer streets for the borough’s 1.3 million residents. Mr. Carrión previously served as the City Council Member for the 14th Council District, which includes University Heights, Morris Heights, Kingsbridge, and Fordham; and as the district manager for Community Board 5 in the Bronx. He’s a graduate of Kings College and Hunter College from which he received a master’s degree in Urban Planning.

Lev Sviridov:
A Russian immigrant who was living in Chernobyl during the nuclear disaster in 1986, Mr. Sviridov overcame homelessness in the United States to win the most prestigious undergraduate honor in academia. He was one of 32 students from a field of 903 applicants in the U.S. awarded Rhodes Scholarships. Mr. Sviridov, who came to America with his mother at age 10, will use the scholarship at the University of Oxford, England, to pursue graduate research in inorganic chemistry with a focus on crystalline properties of aerosols. In addition to an outstanding academic record, he has been involved in governance and public affairs both on and off campus. He served in the undergraduate student government

Erja Vettenranta:
Ms. Vettentra is regarded as the finest scholar-athlete ever at CCNY. She graduated in February with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and received numerous academic honors including the CCNY Dean’s List and membership in the National Spanish Honor Society and Sigma Delta Pi. As an athlete, the Finnish native was one of the top Division III volleyball players in the nation. An outside hitter, she led CCNY to a successful defense of the CUNY women’s title in 2004 and scooped the 2004 CUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season, while being named the CUNY Championship MVP.

For more information, please contact the CCNY Office of Student Affairs at (212) 650-5426.