What to Expect

Each graduate will cross the stage to receive a letter of congratulations. Our ceremony is a moving, wonderful experience; we are sure you will want to be there with your family and friends.


About CUNY BA’s Commencement Speaker 

Gareth Rhodes - CUNY BA Commencement Speaker
Gareth Rhodes – CUNY BA Commencement Speaker


Gareth Rhodes was born and raised in rural Ulster County, where he grew up working on a farm and graduated from Kingston High School. He started his college career in 2007 at The City College of New York and enrolled in CUNY BA in 2008. He assembled two challenging areas of study, in Public Policy and Political Economy, that included multiple honors courses, independent studies, study abroad in China and Argentina and internships with Congressman Charles B. Rangel, the White House, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – both as Attorney General and in the Executive Chamber – and the Roosevelt Institute.

As an undergraduate, he was a news editor for the City College student newspaper and active in the award-winning Model U.N. Team, in addition to participation in other student clubs and organizations. He also served two years on CUNY Baccalaureate’s Governing Committee. Gareth was a participant in the City College Honors Program and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies and was a recipient of the Colin Powell Leaders’ Fellowship, Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Peter J. Sharp Academic Scholarship.

In 2011, he was selected for the highly competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship. After graduating summa cum laude from CUNY BA in 2011, he returned to Albany to work for Governor Andrew Cuomo as Deputy Press Secretary. Gareth is currently a third year student at Harvard Law School and a primary candidate in the 19th Congressional District in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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