I am a graduate of the CUNY system and I have much to thank them for in regards to being able to access a quality education. The CUNY system is one of the greatest in the world! I was more than elated, humbled and moved to have the ability to be the keynote speaker for CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Below is my commencement speech that highlights my story of struggle, resistance and persistence. I hope that I can share it with you all so that you can get a better understanding of the personal motivations that drive me to do this work and I also just want to show off how I was able to incorporate "turn up" into a formal speech.