TOP OF THE CLASS: Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez (second from left) presided over the school’s 94th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 31, with an audience that numbered more than 10,000, including over 2,600 degree candidates. He is pictured here with alumni and honorary degree recipients, l. to r., Mattel CEO and philanthropist Jill Barad ’73, who broke the glass ceiling to lead a Fortune 500 company; Cristina Jiménez Moreta ’07, this year’s commencement speaker, a 2017 MacArthur “Genius Award” Recipient, one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018, and the cofounder of United We Dream; and renowned math educator Alan Schoenfeld ’68, who holds the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Chair in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Queens College awarded over 4,300 undergraduate and graduate degrees this year to candidates from summer and fall 2017 and spring 2018. Of those were over 3,200 bachelor’s degrees, the highest number awarded in over five years.