With encouraging words from the President of Fordham University The Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., New York’s Senior Senator Charles Schumer and others, more than 300 graduates from St. Francis College are now the College’s next ambassadors to the world after taking part in the Spring 2010 Commencement Ceremony at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge on Friday, May 14.

The Valedictorian address was delivered by Jonathan Palumbo, a Psychology Major with a perfect 4.0 average. He is a member of the Duns Scotus Honor Society, President of Psi-Chi, the Psychology Honors Society and was active in the Psychology Club and Government and Politics Club. In his speech, Palumbo offered a call to action to his classmates, “to come up with the tools to bring our country back to being the greatest on this planet.”He went on to decry the elements of greed that led to the latest economic turmoil, saying, “we must learn from our past experiences and realize this is not a country of me but of we, we must learn to help one another rather than ourselves.”

Jonathan won the Tony D. Guzewicz Award for outstanding cross-cultural research by an undergraduate at the 21st Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research last year and has worked for several years under Psychology Professor Uwe Gielen at the Institute for International Cross-Cultural Psychology where he researched and gave several presentations on the centers Chinese American Research Project. Jonathan plans to attend graduate school to study both Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

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