The New York School of Career and Applied Studies, a division of Touro College, honored 465 students at the Brooklyn commencement ceremony at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island on June 6, and 456 students at the Manhattan ceremony at Lincoln Center on June 12, as a crowd of thousands, including family and friends of the graduates and Touro faculty and staff, watched.
“You are graduating from an institution that is handing you not just a diploma, but the keys to the city,” NYC comptroller and NYSCAS commencement speaker Scott Stringer said during the Brooklyn ceremony. “You come from so many different places, including Israel, Haiti, China, Russia, all five boroughs, and more, representing the diversity of New York City.
“You all speak different languages and have different backgrounds yet today, you’re all gathered together to celebrate 465 winding paths to diplomas in everything from biology to information technology to early childhood education.”
In Manhattan, David Paterson, former New York governor and a distinguished professor of health care and public policy at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, who is blind, spoke about achieving key goals in spite of the obstacles he faced. He encouraged graduates to move ahead despite the odds against them.
In Brooklyn, Dilorom Akhmedjanova, an accounting major, was valedictorian, and Brooklyn-based Meshulam Twerksi, a biology major, was salutatorian.
Nafatali Gross of Lakewood, bachelor’s degree valedictorian, spoke at the Manhattan ceremony.
Speaking at the Manhattan ceremony were Dr. Alan Kadish, president of the Touro College and University System; executive vice president Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka; Dr. Judah Weinberger, NYSCAS dean and associate vice president of undergraduate education; Timothy Taylor, associate dean of students; Dr. Stanley Boylan, vice president and dean of faculties; NYSCAS associate dean Ella Tsirulnik; and Dr. Avery Horowitz, dean of advisement and counseling.