CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies is pleased to announce that CUNY BA Alumna, Dr. Funlayo E. Wood, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at the 2017 commencement ceremony to take place on June 7 2016, at 10 am at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY; one of the most historic and distinguished venues in the city, a perfect location to host the First Lady and to honor our graduates.
We expect 80 students to receive their degrees at the ceremony. In keeping with the tradition of being an individualized program, each student is called to the stage and recognized.
Keynote Speaker: Funlayo E. Wood, is a scholar of African and Diasporic religions, activist, and entrepreneur. A native New Yorker, Dr. Wood is a proud three-time CUNY alum, she recently earned her doctorate in African and African American Studies and the Study of Religion at Harvard University.
Student Speaker: Michael Clark is graduating with areas of concentration in Human Rights/Community Health under the mentorship of Professor Christian Grov of CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and Professor Lawrence Moss, of Hunter College.
His hard work dedication and commitment earned him the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, during the fall 2016-2017 academic semester where he studied abroad in Uganda. He is a recent recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Kenya in Public Health. Michael has earned several CUNY BA Scholarships, including the Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship.