700 Touro Students Awarded Degrees at Thirty-Fourth Commencement Exercises

Date: June 06, 2008
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New York, N.Y. – Seven hundred Touro College students were awarded baccalaureate, master’s and associate degrees at the College’s 34th annual commencement exercises Sunday evening, May 25th.

The ceremonies, held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, recognized candidates for 582 bachelor’s, seven master’s and 110 associate degrees. The graduates receiving degrees were from several schools at Touro that are dedicated to perpetuating the Jewish heritage: Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush; Lander College for Men in Queens; Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School in Manhattan; the School for Lifelong Education; Machon L’Parnasa; and the Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Nosson Scherman, co-founder and general editor of Artscroll-Mesorah Publications delivered the keynote address. A prolific author, Rabbi Scherman has written 17 books, collaborated on another 38, and edited 91, including the monumental 73-volume Schottenstein edition of the Talmud.

Yehoshua Balkany, an eminent leader in Jewish education and a tenacious advocate for Jews and Israel, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Founder and dean of Bais Yaakov of Brooklyn, where he has served for the past 37years, Rabbi Balkany recently completed a five-volume commentary on the Chumash, to be published next year. Among his many achievements is the securing of $154 million from the New York Voucher Fund for 28 yeshivos.

Valedictories were presented by four students: Judy Eichorn-Edelstein, from the women’s division of the Lander College for Arts & Sciences - Flatbush; Matthew Schneeweiss from men’s division of the Lander College for Arts & Sciences - Flatbush; Malka Salhanick from the Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School; and Abraham Klepfish from Lander College for Men.

Founded in 1971, Touro College has experienced phenomenal growth and currently is educating approximately 17,500 students at locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Jerusalem, Moscow, Berlin and Paris.

By the end of the commencement season, Touro College expects to have awarded 5,266 doctor of philosophy, doctor of osteopathic medicine, juris doctor, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees in fields as wide-ranging as law, education, health sciences, and finance to the Class of 2007-2008.

Other commencement ceremonies that will or have taken place include the following:

New York:

  • Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center:On May 25, 211 students received juris doctor and master’s degrees.
  • New York School of Career and Applied Studies: School of Career and Applied Studies: June 12. Expected awarding of 721 bachelor’s and associate degrees. School of General Studies:June 15. Expected awarding of 495 bachelor’s and associate degrees.
  • Graduate School of Social Work:on June 11, is expected to confer 50 master’s degrees.
  • Graduate School of Education and Psychology:June 12, awarding of 2,400 master’s degrees expected.
  • School of Health Sciences: Sept. 17. Doctorates, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees expected to be conferred upon 319 students.


  • Nevada:Touro University Nevada, on May 18, awarded 76 doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees, and 54 master’s degrees in education, nursing, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies.
  • California:Touro University California (Vallejo), on June 1, awarded 127 doctor of osteopathic medicine and 72 master’s degrees in education, physician assistant studies and public health.
  • Berlin: Touro College Berlin, on June 24, is expected to present candidates for 25 baccalaureate degrees in business management.
  • Lander Institute Moscow: will present candidates for 16 baccalaureate degrees.