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Congratulations Class of 2020, Andrea Benavides, Allison Brasch, Arielle Klopsis, Jonathan LoVoi, Eva Santucci, Katlyn Schroder

Message from Professor Tony Ro, Director, and Professor Julie Suk, Dean for Master’s Programs

When you chose The Graduate Center to pursue your college and career ambitions, you became part of the CUNY family. Further, when you decided to enroll in the M.S. Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, we made a commitment to support you along the way and that commitment remained— especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic brought many challenges, but through it all, you remained steadfast and determined to graduate. While on campus, you made friends, developed connections with faculty, and enjoyed expanding your vision of the world and your unique role in it. The Cognitive Neuroscience program allowed you and other students to explore the biology behind the way we make decisions, use language, form memories, pay attention, and perceive the world around us.

In addition, along the way, you honed valuable skills in statistics and data analysis through classroom experience and research. With these skills, you have what it takes to embrace many opportunities, not only to advance your own careers, but also to contribute to the transformations in the economy and society that will be needed after COVID-19. We applaud the hard work you have put into preparing yourselves for these tremendous new horizons, and we will always be here to support all your future endeavors.

Commencement is a huge venue for which students look forward to walk across the stage to celebrate their accomplishments proudly with colleagues, faculty, family and friends. While commencement has been postponed, we want to take the time to acknowledge your hard work, persistence, and commitment. You successfully met the challenges of the program’s rigorous academic and research framework—your contribution as a member of the Class of 2020 is undeniably enormous and noteworthy.

Congratulations, and we wish you much success.