Bella Abzugbella_abzug

Hunter College, 1942


Feminist and political activist; former member of U.S. House of Representatives

Oscar HijuelosOscar Hijuelos

Bronx Community College,
Borough of Manhattan Community College,
Lehman College,
City College B.A., 1975, M.A. 1976


Novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner

Jonas Salkjonas_salk

City College, 1934


Scientist who developed the first polio vaccine

Ruby Deeruby_dee

Hunter College, 1945


Emmy Award-nominated actress and civil rights activist

Jimmy SmitsJimmy Smits

Brooklyn College, 1980


Emmy Award-winning actor; starred in L.A. Law, NYPD Blue and The West Wing

Paul SimonPaul Simon

Queens College, 1963


Famed singer and songwriter, winner of 12 Grammy Awards

Field of Excellence

Bella Abzug
Hunter College, 1942

Feminist and political activist;
former member of U.S. House of Representatives

Herman Badillo
City College, 1951

First Puerto Rican elected to the U.S. House of Representatives;
Former Bronx Borough President

Joel Benenson
Queens College

Political pollster and consultant;
led Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns

Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer
Brooklyn College, 1952

U.S. Senator from California;
activist and environmentalist

Richard H. Carmona
Bronx Community College, 1973

Former U.S. Surgeon General

Shirley Chisholm
Brooklyn College, 1946

First African-American U.S. Congresswoman

David Bauer
Macaulay Honors College at City College

Scientist and consultant, CUNY Rhodes Scholar

R. Bruce Donoff
Brooklyn College, 1963

Dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Albert Ellis
City College, 1934

Prominent American psychologist

Jeffrey S. Flier
City College, 1968

Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University

Charlotte Friend
Hunter College, 1943

Leading virologist who discovered the Friend leukemia virus (FLV)

Kimberly Glassman
Hunter College, 1984

Senior Vice President for Patient Care, NYU Langone Medical Center

Joy Behar
Queens College, 1964

Comedian, writer; actress; co-host of TV talk show, “The View”

Julie Dash
City College, 1974

Writer, film producer, director, Daughters of the Dust, first feature-length film by an African-American woman in national commercial release

Ruby Dee
Hunter College, 1945

Emmy Award-nominated actress and civil rights activist

Peter Frank Falcone
Kingsborough Community College

Former professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves

Walter Garaicoa
Bronx Community College

Emmy-winning actor

Marvin Hamlisch
Queens College, 1967

American composer, winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony awards and Pulitzer Prize

Orubba Almansouri
City College

Gave salutatory speech at CCNY’s 170th Commencement

Jennifer Ayala
Grad Center

Director, The Center for Undocumented Students, St. Peter’s University

Philip Alfonso Berry
Borough of Manhattan Community College 1971,
Queens College, 1973

Former Vice Chairperson, CUNY Board of Trustees
President, Philip Berry Associates

Andrew Campbell
York College, 1981

Dean of the Graduate School, Brown University

Wellington Chen
City College, School of Architecture

Member, CUNY Board of Trustees
Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership Development Corp

Harvey Araton
Brooklyn College, 1975

Sports Reporter and columnist, The New York Times;
Author, When the Garden Was Eden

Susie Armitage
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Global managing editor, BuzzFeed

Martina Arroyo
Hunter College

Opera singer

Maurice Ashley
City College

Chess grandmaster

Ed Baig
York College

Personal Tech writer for USA Today

Mohamed Bazzi
City University of New York, 1997

Former Middle East Bureau Chief, Newsday;
Associate Professor of Journalism, New York University

Collin Ahenkorah
Guttman Community College, AA, Baruch College

Financial planning intern at Brewster Financial Planning

Russell M. Artzt
Queens College

Vice Chairman and Founder, CA Inc.

John Banks
Baruch College MPA, 1992

President, Real Estate Board of New York

Michael Derchin
Brooklyn College, BA, City College, MBA

Airline Industry Analyst

Feliberto Estevez
New York City College of Technology

Senior Executive Chef
Office of the Mayor

Barry Feirstein
Brooklyn College, 1974

Founder, Feirstein Capital Management hedge fund;
helped found Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College

Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick
Hunter College, 1963

Former Associate Judge; first Hispanic woman named to the New York State Court of Appeals

Kyle Chin-How
Queensborough Community College, AA

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Awardee;
Attending City College, Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies

Alan Dershowitz
Brooklyn College, 1959

Harvard Law School professor and influential civil liberties lawyer

Kim Dvorchak

Executive Director, National Juvenile Defender Center

Harvey Epstein

Project director of the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center

Bertram Fields
City College

Entertainment Lawyer, Novelist