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June 2, 2011.

I was among the 2,600 graduating students of Herbert H. Lehman College’s Class of 2011. The ceremony took place on the outfield, in front of the Student Life Building, and was the first in the college’s history to be streamed on the Internet (on the Lehman website).

I felt overjoyed to have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music, and the seven other graduating music students at the ceremony were like: “That’s us!” when Dean Deborah Eldridge announced the candidates for degrees in Lehman’s Music Department. Prior to the presentation of the degrees, Latin music superstar Johnny Pacheco was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music.

After the ceremony, I teamed up with the Lehman College Latin Jazz Ensemble, with whom I played piano since 2008, for their Graduation Picnic – another entertaining part of my special day. Some of the songs I played were “Black Magic Woman” by Santana, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics, and “El Rey Tiburón” by Maná.

Overall, it was an unforgettable day – without question the most memorable day in my whole life.

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