• Commencement 2014


    June 5, 2014

    Jacob Javits Center North

  • Speakers

    Dr. Gail O. Mellow 
    President, LaGuardia Community College
    Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as president of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000. A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. Read more  


    Keynote Speaker:

    Ray Suarez
    Broadcast Journalist, PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera
    Ray Suarez is an American broadcast journalist and host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. He was with PBS’ NewsHour from 1999 to 2013, most recently as its chief national correspondent. Read more 


    Commencement Address:

    Arne Duncan
    U.S. Secretary of Education
    Arne Duncan was named U.S. secretary of education by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 20, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Duncan served as the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. Read more

    CUNY Board of Trustees
    CUNY Representative 


    Paul M. Higbee
    Chair, LaGuardia Community College Foundation
    Mr. Higbee is a partner of G.C. Andersen Partners, LLC, a merchant banking firm engaged in investment banking for emerging growth and middle-market companies. Mr. Higbee advises clients regarding, mergers, restructurings, and financings.  Read more   


    Paul Arcario 
    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Dr. Paul Arcario is the vice president for Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College. As the chief academic officer for the College, Dr. Arcario supervises the creation, development and assessment of over 50 academic programs and majors. Read more   

    Julio Trinidad 
    Class of 2014 Representative 
    “I don’t care about the awards. I just want to be good,” says Julio Trinidad, a 27-year old from Queens who always dreamed of becoming a performer. For Julio, his hard work has value in itself—a trait that he attributes to his Dominican parents who immigrated to the United States to raise their family. Read more