A Message from Joanne Passaro, PhD
2022 brought renewed vibrancy and energy to the MCNY community—and to our campuses—as we move past the pandemic. Students, faculty and staff continued to demonstrate resilience and dedication as they enthusiastically returned to campus for in-person events that reconnected us all as we worked towards our common goals.
In June, our first in-person Commencement Ceremony since the pandemic, held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, was a joyous celebration of the power of Purpose-Centered Education. Two key members of the MCNY community were honored: alumnus and Chair of the Board Gary P. Jenkins and founding faculty member and outgoing MCNY trustee Thomas L. Webber. Their speeches were rousing calls to action to advance the work of our mission of social justice. Graduates and their families stood and roared their agreement; one graduate later told me that she “had goosebumps when they spoke. Their words were…the capstone of my MCNY degree.” If you didn’t have the opportunity to hear Gary and Tom in person, I highly recommend that you take the opportunity to do so. (Link to speeches: Gary P. Jenkins Thomas L. Webber)