City College graduates on graduation day

Salute to the Class of 2021!

The Division of Humanities and the Arts
The City College of New York

Salute to the Class of 2021


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Video Table of Contents
0:00 to 4:10 — "Lavender, My Lavender"
04:10 to 23:25 — Dean Erec R. Koch and the Division of Humanities and the Arts
23:25 to 27:50 — Provost Tony Liss
27:50 to 32:40 — President Vince Boudreau
32:40 to 37:58 — Student Photo Procession

Congratulations to the City College
Class of 2021

Matthew Romano
English major

Also awarded:
The Peter F. Vallone Scholarship
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant
The Paul Roberts Memorial Scholarship
The Allan Danzig Memorial Award
The Stark Award for Essay in Literature
The Dean’s List

Read more about the Valedictorian and Salutatorian here

"Matthew Romano, Valedictorian 2021"


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Lyrics to "Lavender, My Lavender"

Lavender, My Lavender

Words by Elias Lieberman 1903
Music by Walter R. Johnson 1903

Sturdy sons of City College,
Trusty hearts and mighty hands,
Rally where your streaming banner
With its dauntless emblem stands.
Send a cheer to Heaven ringing,
Voicing in a fond acclaim.
Faith and pride in Alma Mater
And her never dying fame.
Lavender, my Lavender! Lavender, my Lavender!
On the field of life's endeavor
Bound by ties that naught can sever,
Hail we Alma Mater ever, Lavender, my Lavender!
Daughters wise of City College,
Join your voices in the song.
To the lusty cheers of brothers,
Add your effort clear and strong.
Send a hymn to Heaven singing,
Filled with love and fond acclaim,
Faith and pride in Alma Mater
And her never dying fame.

Main Commencement Info


The Class of 2021 will graduate in the City College of New York's 168th Commencement Ceremony.

Friday, June 4, 2021 — 10am

Watch the Virtual Salute to Graduates


Join the Alumni Association

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of The City College of New York has been a resolute partner of the College since its inception. As an independent organization, its most valuable contribution has been to identify and help steward relationships between the college and the thousands of men and women who call us their Alma Mater. The Alumni Association of The City College of New York can trace its origin to the first graduating class. On July 26, 1853, members of the class, meeting in the chapel of the original building on 23rd Street, formed the Associate Alumni of The Free Academy. On April 30, 1866, The Free Academy became The College of the City of New York (hence the initials CCNY), and the name of the Associate Alumni changed accordingly. In those early days the organization was mainly a social group with interests centered on the affairs of the College. On March 7, 1913 the Association was incorporated in the State of New York as the Associate Alumni of the College of the City of New York, Inc. The Alumni Association is an independent organization with its own officers and Board of Directors.

The Alumni Association:

  • Generates and sustains meaningful connections among alumni, students, faculty, and staff through its many intellectual, cultural, and social networking events
  • Honors Alumni for career accomplishments, philanthropy, and service with the esteemed Townsend Harris Medal and Alumni Service Awards
  • Provides a network for Alumni to leverage for professional development and/or career advancement
  • Supports current students with scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities
  • Promotes, in all its endeavors, The City College of New York
  • Offers benefits and discounts that are exclusive for members, which include access to events and a free subscription to the Alumnus magazine

Visit the alumni association at

Division of Humanities and the Arts

North Academic Center, Room 5/225

160 Convent Avenue

New York NY 10031


p: 212.650.8166


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Last Updated: 06/02/2021 13:59