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Colin L. Powell School Graduates First Class

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Colin L. Powell School Graduates First Class

Nearly 1,200 candidates receive Colin L. Powell School diplomas.SocSci_2013_25b

On Thursday, May 30, nearly 1,200 master’s and bachelor’s degree candidates crossed a sheltered outdoor stage, heads held high, and received diplomas inscribed Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Moments earlier, Dean Jeffrey Rosen offered words of welcome and addressed the candidates: “You will become the very first graduating class of the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York, and thus a special part of the storied history of our great college.” Later he noted, “To a person, they responded with a resounding cheer of delight and recognition of how doubly special the moment was. Their enthusiasm transformed a hot afternoon into a singular moment of joyous celebration.”

The Colin Powell School, formally established on April 29, encompasses the five departments of the former Division of Social Science—anthropology economics, political science, psychology, and sociology—along with some of City College's most notable programs including those in international relations, international studies, Latino studies, pre-law, public service management, women’s studies, and the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies.

CCNY's History Mission
Student speakers Jovana Ristic, a psychology major from Serbia with a 3.9 GPA, and Muaad Alody, a young Yemeni immigrant who is earning dual degrees in political science and international studies, highlighted both the global diversity of the school and CCNY’s historic mission to provide access and excellence to the “children of the whole people.”

Muaad, for example, works full time to support his family in Yemen and volunteers to help Arabic high school students with their college education. The only one of his seven siblings to go to college and a leader on campus, Muaad is involved with mentoring, student government, and other activities. “Our duty is to help improve the lives of others,” he told the crowd. “We can do this by helping them overcome their hardships and difficulties like our parents did for us, like our professors did for us, and like we did for ourselves.” Muadd hopes to pursue a career in the U.N., the U.S. Department of State, and the Yemeni government.

Jovana, an outstanding student who is focused on the intersection of clinical and experimental psychology, addressed students’ obligation to thank near and distant relatives and keep love foremost in their consciousness. A volunteer with New York Presbyterian Hospital and the recipient of the City Seeds Fellowship Award, Jovana, who will be completing her graduate study in Australia, later noted, “I am certain since Collin Powell was s CCNY graduate, he will bring only good things to this institution, as I am certain I would do one day if I am in a similar position.”