More than 2,000 graduating students will gather on Friday at 10 a.m. for commencement exercises at Queensborough Community College’s athletic track in Bayside.
Among the outstanding graduates are Yueting Chen who was one of 85 students to receive the Jack Kent Cook undergraduate transfer scholarship. She graduated early and is now attending Stony Brook University.
Sandy Enriquez, who emigrated from South America, received an American Chemical Society scholarship.
Another outstanding student is Stephen Jones, president of Student Government and a recipient of the CUNY Excellence in Leadership Award.
Jones enrolled at the Bayside junior college in 2012, 43 years after earning his GED. Originally from South Jamaica, he left school at the end of eighth grade and enlisted in the Army at 17.
He returned home at the age of 19 as a Vietnam-era veteran with no high school diploma and no job prospects. Jones eventually earned his GED and later decided to further his education at QCC.