Department of Institutional Advancement
Director of Communications and External Relations
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For Immediate Release
New York, N.Y., June 6, 2007 Ė Seven hundred Touro College students were awarded baccalaureate, masterís and associate degrees at the Collegeís 34th annual commencement exercises Sunday evening, May 25th.
The ceremonies, held at Lincoln Centerís Avery Fisher Hall, recognized candidates for 582 bachelorís, seven masterís and 110 associate degrees. The graduates receiving degrees were from several schools at Touro that are dedicated to perpetuating the Jewish heritage: Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush; Lander College for Men in Queens; Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School in Manhattan; the School for Lifelong Education; Machon LíParnasa; and the Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Nosson Scherman, co-founder and general editor of Artscroll-Mesorah Publications delivered the keynote address. A prolific author, Rabbi Scherman has written 17 books, collaborated on another 38, and edited 91, including the monumental 73-volume Schottenstein edition of the Talmud.
Yehoshua Balkany, an eminent leader in Jewish education and a tenacious advocate for Jews and Israel, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Founder and dean of Bais Yaakov of Brooklyn, where he has served for the past 37years, Rabbi Balkany recently completed a five-volume commentary on the Chumash, to be published next year. Among his many achievements is the securing of $154 million from the New York Voucher Fund for 28 yeshivos.
Valedictories were presented by four students: Judy Eichorn-Edelstein, from the womenís division of the Lander College for Arts & Sciences - Flatbush; Matthew Schneeweiss from menís division of the Lander College for Arts & Sciences - Flatbush; Malka Salhanick from the Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School; and Abraham Klepfish from Lander College for Men.
Founded in 1971, Touro College has experienced phenomenal growth and currently is educating approximately 17,500 students at locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Jerusalem, Moscow, Berlin and Paris.
By the end of the commencement season, Touro College expects to have awarded 5,266 doctor of philosophy, doctor of osteopathic medicine, juris doctor, masterís, baccalaureate and associate degrees in fields as wide-ranging as law, education, health sciences, and finance to the Class of 2007-2008.
Other commencement ceremonies that will or have taken place include the following: