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DREAM Scholar, This Year's Salutatorian, is Among Graduates


Rick Stengel, Recent Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and Former Managing Editor at Time Magazine to Deliver Commencement Address


More than 1,500 students will receive their degrees at the Hunter College Winter Commencement, led by President Jennifer J. Raab, on Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Hunter College North Assembly Hall, 695 Park Avenue, between 68th and 69th Streets, Manhattan.  


Graduates include salutatorian Pablo Aranela, a Math and Spanish Literature double major. He is originally from Mendoza, Argentina and was raised in Brooklyn. Thanks to his DREAM Scholarship, he will be the first in his family to graduate college, and will do so debt free.


Other graduates in the limelight will be 74-year-old Cynthia Williams, who was previously homeless and beat her addiction to drugs 24 years ago, will receive a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the School of Education. She plans to become a counselor for people suffering with substance abuse. Gus Chalkias began losing his vision due to a degenerative eye disease while working as an accountant more than 10 years ago. He has since developed a graduate level class on assistive technology for blindness for NYU, created to inform the designs and practices of engineers, software developers, and occupational therapists. He is graduating from the Master's Program in Rehabilitation Counseling.


Rick Stengel, who served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs until December, and previously was the managing editor at Time Magazine, will deliver the commencement address and receive the President's Medal. His will celebrate the diversity of the Hunter College graduates, and discuss how each new generation of graduates reinvents the American Dream.

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