7 Grads to Honor

Students with varied backgrounds and talents
flipped their mortarboard tassels and celebrated
the future after spring graduation ceremonies
across the University.

Hailing from Brooklyn and the Himalayas, pursuing passions as diverse as science, education, the written word, service to country or preparing gourmet dinners, the 2009 graduates of the City University of New York represent a stunning diversity of mind, talent, circumstance and heritage. These achievers' common thread: the drive to succeed, to earn the degree, sometimes against seemingly hopeless odds. Here are seven of their remarkable stories.