New and Returning Broncos Gather for Spring 2024 Convocation

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“When you get involved on BCC’s campus, you change dramatically.” – Master of Ceremonies Tiffany Dubon-Yard

Students on stage at Spring 2024 ConvocationBCC’s Associate Director of Student Life Tiffany Dubon-Yard served as Master of Ceremonies for the Spring 2024 Student Convocation held in Roscoe Brown Playhouse on Feb. 1. Dubon-Yard introduced Interim President Milton Santiago, Ed.D. and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Luis Montenegro, Ph.D., who welcomed students and shared advice for achieving success.

Dr. Santiago spoke about the extensive wrap-around services BCC provides, including tutoring, the BCC food pantry, and the Early Childcare Center. He also talked about the high quality educational experience offered at BCC, as well as the dedicated faculty and staff.

“Many of our staff members see a reflection of themselves in you. They are here to help,” Dr. Santiago said. “You’ll have excellent mentors and peers here at BCC, and if you apply yourself, you will do well.”

The Convocation featured student musical performances from both current and former students and keynote remarks by distinguished alumnus, Mr. Hussein Abdul. Abdul spoke about the positive impact BCC has had on his life and his current role as a program manager at the non-profit Braven, where he works to empower first-generation college students and those from low-income backgrounds with the skills, experience, networks, and confidence needed to succeed in the professional world.

“I have a lot of love and pride for CUNY and for BCC,” Abdul said. “From the day I walked through the gates on University Ave. I fell in love with this campus. The Admissions Office gave me the boost of morale I needed. I got involved on campus, and I realized there was a lot of potential for growth and transformation here, people who pushed me to grow.”

Dubon-Yard also introduced Student Government Association President Krishta Fernandez, who delivered remarks of encouragement to her fellow students. The convocation concluded with new and returning students reciting the BCC Commit to Complete Pledge led by both the Student Government Association and Male Empowerment Network.

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