On Tuesday, May 30, the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College proudly graduated its Class of Spring 2017 in a stirring Recognition Ceremony at Hunter’s historic Assembly Hall.
A record-setting 443 graduates took part in the ceremony. They represented Silberman’s Two-Year Full-Time, One Year Residency (work-study), Accelerated and Advanced Standing programs; two dual-degree programs; three Practice Methods; and five Field of Practice Specializations.
The graduates heard opening remarks by Acting Dean Mary M. Cavanaugh, who called on them to carry forward Social Work’s core tradition of using evidence to fight injustice. They then heard from distinguished keynote speaker Dr. Jeremy Kohomban, President and CEO of The Children’s Village and Harlem Dowling; Alumni Trailblazer Award honoree Carrie Davis; and two of their fellow graduates, Jordan Molina and Lucille Sandoval, who gave inspiring addresses to the class. 15 students received awards for excellence in academics, writing and field work. At the height of the ceremony, graduates crossed the stage to cheers from family, friends, faculty and staff.
The graduating class was also recognized during Hunter’s 215th Commencement later that day at Radio City Music Hall, led by Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab.
These former “social workers of tomorrow” are now the social workers of today. The entire Silberman School of Social Work community warmly congratulates the intelligent, passionate, committed, social justice-focused, diverse and fierce Class of Spring 2017!
A slideshow of the Silberman Spring 2017 Recognition Ceremony is available here.
More photos, videos and news from the 215th Hunter College Commencement can be found here.