Division of Legal Studies – President’s and Dean’s Lists Event Dear ASA Community, Join us for our President’s and Dean’s Lists event. The Division of Legal Studies would like to congratulate our students from the Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs who have made the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 Semesters. At ASA we understand how hard our students work to balance school, job and family responsibilities, which makes this achievement all the more meaningful. When: Dec...
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New York, NY – July 19, 2019 – ASA College’s 20th Annual Graduation Ceremony took place at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at the Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden. This year’s class was comprised of over 830 graduates from the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. All gathered were inspired by New York State Assembly Member, Walter Mosley, who delivered the Keynote speech. The Assemblyman put into words an important and timely understanding of the graduating class’s collective accomplishment when he said, “I know that many of you – from roughly about 120 countries represented here in this graduating class – you are America! You are reflective of what we all as a country should strive for. You are the better side of our country.” Assemblyman Mosley represents the 57th District of Brooklyn which encompasses the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, and parts of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights. He is also the Chairman of the Commission on Skills Development and Career Education of the New York State Assembly.
Further acknowledging the special triumph that ASA graduates embodied, Dan Holt, Chairman of ASA College’s Board of Trustees said, “by standing up, I’d like to see who is the first person from their family to graduate from college.” The vast majority of students rose to their feet.
In his remarks, ASA College President Jose Valencia reminded students that the college would support them in their careers going forward, and he encouraged them to continue their education with a 4-year degree program, be it at ASA or another institution. President Valencia represented the sentiment of the entire institution in saying, “to you graduates of the Class of 2019, we are here at Madison Square Garden, one of the most iconic places in the world. On behalf of the staff, on behalf of the faculty, the executives and Board of Trustees, we’re wishing you hope and resilience in every challenge you will face in life.”
A highlight from the night was the speech delivered by the Class Valedictorian, Aziza Ben Atalah. She spoke about her journey from ESL student to the holder of an Associate’s in Occupational Studies, Network Administration and Security. A major theme of her speech was that ASA students learn from their professors but also from the diverse life experiences of their classmates. In closing she said, “Education is our most powerful weapon, with which we can change the world.” She also told her fellow graduates to “think about the people in your life who helped you along the way.”
The graduation concluded with Dr. Shanthi Konkoth, Provost, leading the tassel ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, the tassel is expected to be worn on the right. During the ceremony it should be moved to the left side after all students have received their diplomas. The gesture of moving the tassel from one side of the cap to the other symbolizes the individual’s movement from candidate to graduate.
New Vice President of Planning and Operations at ASA College, Maritza Mercado, was charged with the planning, organization, and production of the graduation ceremony. By all accounts, Ms. Mercado outdid expectations as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies and Chief Organizer. She expressed her perspective on the college in saying, “I’m very proud of the diversity that we have here in our student body as well as our faculty.”
ASA College is an Associate’s Degree-granting institution which is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It was founded in 1985 and from a mere 12 students that year, it has now grown to over 4,000 students enrolled in Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn, New York locations, as well as campuses in Miami, Florida. ASA College offers programs in Medical Assisting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Network Administration, and Nursing, among others.
Past Keynote Address Speakers include Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City Comptroller William Thompson, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller.
Conversation Club Dear ASA students, join us for our Conversation Club! This is a free group meeting for our ESL students from levels B, C & D, who do not speak English as their first language. You can improve your English knowledge, meet new people, and practice speaking in a relaxed environment. You are welcome to join us from the comfort of your own home. (Your family members and Pets are also welcome!). 🙂 Host: Professor Darius Saczuk When: Every Monday, from...
Grammar Club Dear ASA students, join us for our Grammar Club! Our Grammar Club helps ESL students from levels A & B practice basic grammar and communication skills through fun activities. Host: Professor Lucy Sedhom When: Every Thursday, starting on 12/3/2020, from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. For more information, please email Elena Akbacheva at firstname.lastname@example.org.