Spring 2021 Freshman Convocation
00:00 – 03:06 Introduction by Dr. Yvonne Erazo
03:06 – 03:14 Oyindamola Shoola (alumna & poet)
06:32 – 07:57 President Thomas Isekenegbe
08:19 – 09:21 Christopher Soto, SGA Vice President
09:55 – 0:13:16 Professor Roni Ben-Nun, Chairperson for the Arts and Music Department and BCC Senate Chairperson
14:46 – 14:52 Guest Speaker, Darnell Reed, Class of ’16
21:29 – 23:35 BCC Commitment Pledge led by Clifford L. Marshall II, Director of the Male Empowerment Network, a CUNY Black Male Initiative
21:37 – 24:59 Program Closing
Featuring Guest Speaker
(BCC Class of ’16)
Today Bronx Community College alumnus Darnell Reed (Class of ’16) is a litigation specialist with a prestigious law firm. But not too long ago, he was facing joblessness and homelessness. On February 11, 2021, Mr. Reed will share that remarkable journey as keynote speaker of the Spring Freshman Convocation.
After much struggle, Reed landed a job at the law office of Stroock, Stroock, & Lavan. “At the Stroock law firm, I was exposed to the legal environment, work with legal staff, paralegals, and attorneys. As time went by, I learned the profession’s ins and outs?”
Mr., Reed credits his career at BCC to the 44th president of the United States.
“One evening, while watching the state of the union address, Barack Obama praised community colleges for preparing people for good jobs. With my exposure to the legal profession, my newfound love of learning, and the encouragement to aim higher by those I worked with at the firm, I enrolled at Bronx Community College to major in legal studies.”
During his time on campus, Mr. Reed was the paralegal society president and joined the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, He won the national Coca-Cola Community-Academic Team Silver scholarship, the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team honors and the Guttman scholarship, He graduated from BCC with honors in 2016 and was accepted into the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at the City College of New York. There he earned a B.A. in political science, graduating Suma Cum Laude.
Mr. Reed is now attending The City University School of Law working on his master’s degree. He is also a board member for two Bronx nonprofits that feed the hungry and work with young people.
“I would not have been able to attain what I have now or what I will have in the future without Bronx Community College’s help,” says Darnell Reed. Hear the rest of his story at the Freshman Convocation.