CCNY’s 157th Commencement
year’s City College graduating class included 2,500 students,
of whom approximately 1,500 are candidates for the bachelor’s
The Valedictorian was Silvia Arredondo, who received a bachelor
of engineering degree. Ms. Arredondo graduated with a 4.0 GPA
and has been awarded a full fellowship for graduate work at the
University of Texas-Austin, where she will begin a Ph.D. program
in Chemical Engineering next fall.
Her other honors at CCNY have included the American Institute
of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic
Excellence Award (2000-01); the AIChE Minority Award (2001-02);
and inclusion on the National Dean’s List (1999-2002). She is
also listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities
and Colleges. Ms. Arredondo is considering returning to CCNY
to teach upon completion of her Ph.D. program at the University
Wanmei Ou is this year’s Salutatorian. A native of Guangzhou,
China, who arrived in the United States four-and-a-half years
ago speaking little English, Ms. Ou is receiving a bachelor’s
degree in electrical engineering. She will continue her education
on a full scholarship at MIT, in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Electrical
Engineering. Ms. Ou, who is also graduating with a 4.0 GPA, was
the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer
Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship (2002-03); CCNY’s
Theodore Charos Scholarship (2003); The Professor Paul A. Karmel
Award (2002), Zitrin Scholarship (2001), and several other CCNY
awards for academic excellence. She is also only the second person
in the history of the CCNY Mathematics Department to have won
its Annual Math Award three years in a row.#
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