John C. Liu delivered Commencement Address

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu delivered remarks at York College's Fortieth Commencement Exercises Friday, May 28, 2010. Comptroller Liu addressed the 815 graduates that range in age from 20 to 66. A number of other elected officials attended the event. This year’s valedictorian was outstanding scholar Joi Yau.

Of the 815 graduates, 72.8% are females and 27.2% are males. Degrees conferred were 293 B.A., 494 B.S. and 28 B.S./M.S.. The top five countries of birth are the United States (24.9%), Guyana (8.7%), Jamaica (8.6%), Trinidad and Tobago (5.6%) and Haiti (3.9%). The top five native languages are English (58.3%), Spanish (9.7%), Creole (2.7%), French (1.8%) and Bengali (1.7%). The top five majors are Psychology (16.8%), Business Administration (14.1%), Accounting (7.6%), Social Work (7.0%) and Sociology (4.8%).

President Marcia V. Keizs confered an honorary degree on Joseph Thomas Wells, founder and chairman of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) — the world’s largest anti-fraud organization. She also bestowed President’s Medals to William Jefferson, community leader and F. Carlyle Towery, president, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. 
 
“John Liu has been actively engaged in and a positive influence at York College long before he was elected New York City Comptroller,” said York College President Marcia V. Keizs. “With that achievement and many others, he continues to inspire us with his leadership. We are very proud that he will delivery the 2010 Commencement Address.”