Commencement 2022 Issue









When I found out I was valedictorian, the first person I wanted to tell was my mom. Unfortunately, she passed away before I started John Jay. The last thing she asked for was to make sure her two girls graduated from college.” Read More






When Yi-Chen Wu ’22 was 15 years old, she came to the United States from Taiwan to attend high school. Sitting in her classes, she felt alienated because of the language barrier and culture shock. “To enhance my language proficiency and blend in with local customs,” Wu says, “I participated in various volunteering projects. Read More






“I graduated early, in just three and a half years,” says Imani Brown ’22, a criminal justice major from Brooklyn. “Because of John Jay, I was able to figure out my career, the type of law I wanted to practice, and have every experiential learning opportunity imaginable to reach my goals.” Read More






As the child of two deaf adults, Angel Familia’s first language was American Sign Language (ASL). He now works with the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau, engaging with the deaf community across the city. Read More





Samantha Majic, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Melissa Ditmore, Ph.D., were awarded a $319,249 grant by the Woodhull Freedom Foundation to study the effects of “de-platforming”—removing sex worker ads from digital platforms—on adult sex workers in the U.S.


Senior Adjunct Professor Anthony Gentile’s racehorse, John Jay, will run his first race in Monmouth Park on June 4th. A significant portion of John Jay’s race earnings will go to the College’s Food Pantry.



Class Notes


Rev. Dr. Chris Williams ’24, an M.P.A. student, was installed as pastor of Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church of Harlem.


Four John Jay students—Malika Ali ’24, Asmaou Diallo ’23, Alishba Ehmed ’23, and Katherine Ralda ’25—won the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity.



In Memoriam


Professor Patricia “PJ” Gibson passed away in early May. A member of the John Jay College since 1988, she was part of the SEEK Department before moving to the English Department in 1990. Beyond her work at John Jay, Professor Gibson left her mark in the theater world, writing over 30 plays and recognized for her contributions to the arts, with her inclusion in the Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts Seventh Annual “Walk of Fame,” a Shubert Fellowship, and a playwriting grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.












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