First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray to Deliver Commencement Address to CUNY Baccalaureate Graduates

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies is pleased to announce that First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at the 2016 commencement ceremony to take place on June 1, 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 90 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.

First Lady Chirlane McCray. January 29, 2015. Credit: Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office.
First Lady Chirlane McCray. Credit: Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office.

Keynote Speaker: First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, a graduate of Wellesley College, is an author, speechwriter, poet, activist, mother of two, and wife and adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio. She leads the city’s work on mental health and addiction.

Faculty Speaker: faculty mentor, Angela M. Crossman earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, is professor and chair in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College and a faculty member of the Psychology and Law, Criminal Justice, and Human Development doctoral programs at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Her research interests include the development of deception and truth telling in children and the reliability and credibility of children’s testimony.

Student Speaker: Veronica Nicolle Chin Hing is graduating with areas of concentration in Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology under the mentorship of Professor Daniel Kurylo of Brooklyn College and Professor Angela Crossman of John Jay College.  She is a Thomas W. Smith Fellow and received several travel fellowships from Brooklyn College as well as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and Community Health in Kunming, China.

Press Contact: Regina Matthews, (212) 817-8223