|Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall was the site of the 50th annual commencement ceremony for the Graduate Center on June 3, where 466 doctoral and 68 master's degrees were awarded.
James B. Milliken, newly appointed chancellor of the City of the University of New York, addressed the graduates, and having touched on their academic pursuits, noted: "We chose CUNY."
Distinguished Professor Uday Singh Mehta (Political Science) delivered the commencement address, declaring: "We at the City University of New York and the Graduate Center are the proud bearers of a tradition that celebrates the pursuit of knowledge as something whose principal requirements are hard work, a commitment to honesty and a reliance on the imagination."
Speaking on behalf of the class of 2014, Suzanne Tamang, Ph.D. in computer science, praised the Graduate Center and CUNY for maintaining that "education is a human right." Following the presentation of master's and doctoral degrees, Interim President Chase F. Robinson closed the ceremony, saying: "There are no ivory towers to ascend; but there are bridges to be built between research, teaching, and social change, and I urge you to cross them."
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