More than 3,300 students will become the newest John Jay alumni on May 28 when they receive their degrees in dual Commencement ceremonies. The College’s 48th annual Commencement will be held once again at the Jacob Javits Convention Center North, at 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
“We know our graduates will make their mark as fierce advocates for justice,” said President Jeremy Travis. “For almost fifty years, John Jay students and alumni from across disciplines have made a difference nationally and abroad,” he added.
The 3,339 graduates include 1,967 females and 1,372 males, ranging in age from 19-year-old Leonela Ramos, who is receiving a B.A. in Criminal Justice, with double minors in Psychology and Criminology, to 71-year-old Silvia Mondejar, who is earning her M.A. in Forensic Psychology. There will be 2,642 bachelor’s degrees awarded, along with 624 master’s degrees, and 212 students will be graduating with honors.
The graduating class includes 141 military veterans, and represents 20 U.S. states and 87 countries. At the undergraduate level, Hispanic students represent the largest ethnic/racial group. The graduating class at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is predominantly female.
There will be six pairs of siblings graduating together, and one father-daughter pair: Ernest Morales III, who will be receiving his master’s degree in Protection Management, and his daughter, Justina Marie, who will receive a B.A. in Criminal Justice.
The Class of 2013 will be led by valedictorian Rizwan Ali Raja, who earned a perfect 4.00 grade-point average majoring in Political Science, with a minor in History. Salutatorian Elena Daniels is receiving her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies, with a minor in Psychology, and also achieved a perfect 4.00 GPA.
Honorary doctorates will be presented this year to two towering figures in the law, who have proven themselves to be fierce advocates for justice: criminal defense attorneys Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, co-founders and co-directors of the Innocence Project. (See profiles below.) One graduate, Jeffrey Deskovic, was exonerated by the Innocence Project in 2006 after serving 16 years in prison on a wrongful conviction. He will receive a M.A. in Criminal Justice.