Katina Kambouris-graduated from high school in Greece-is BMCC Valedictorian
Borough of Manhattan Community College has selected two valedictorians, both with 4.0 averages, for this year’s commencement ceremony on May 30 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Valedictorian Katina Kambouris is a business administration major, who graduated from BMCC in Deember 2002. Born and raised in Queens, Ms.Kambouris moved with her family to the island of Cos in Greece, when she was about 14 years old. She lived in Greece for about ten years, graduating from high school and a two-year college there. But Ms. Kambouris missed New York, so she returned on her own in November 2000. In January 2001, she enrolled full-time in BMCC while also working full-time.
At BMCC, Ms.Kambouris was very active as a vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, and as a peer mentor on campus. She has been enrolled in the business administration program at Baruch College since January. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue an M.B.A. and become a business executive. Ms. Kambouris lives in Long Island City, Queens. Her family continues to live in Greece.
Co-valedictorian Natelia Langellier, a science major, was born and raised in St. Lucia. When her parents moved to New York in 1997, Ms. Langellier and her siblings stayed with her grandmother in St. Lucia. In 2000, she moved permanently to New York. After her graduation from BMCC, Ms.
Langellier will transfer to Hunter College to major in physics. She intends to go to medical school and specialize in cardiology. Ms. Langellier lives in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Natelia Langellier will give the valedictory address at commencement.
Samuel Daniel, president and chief executive officer of North General Hospital, will deliver the commencement address. Prior to being named president, Dr. Daniel was the program director of the North General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program and the hospital’s chief of gastroenterology. Dr. Daniel was recognized as one of New York’s best physicians in the New York Magazine “The Best Doctors in New York” 2000 edition. BMCC President Antonio Pérez will present Dr. Daniel Pérez with the presidential medal, the college’s highest honor.
Almost 2,200 students will celebrate their graduation at Borough of Manhattan Community College’s 38th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 30, at 11:30 a.m. in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The 2,189 graduates mark the largest graduating class in at least 10 years.