Touro College Los Angeles Congratulates 21 Graduates as They Celebrate TCLA’s Fifth Annual Commencement

Date: June 14, 2011
Graduates from Left to Right at Touro College Los Angeles commencement; Back Row: Bracha Cohen, Rivka Gabay, Amanda Shapiro, Emily Rooks, Tali Rahimi, Jackie Ariel, Dean Esther Lowy, Ariella Silverman, Adella Swartz, Miriam Rudes, Miriam Kaplan, Shana Insel, Sigal Giel, Front Row: Daniel Rahimi, Issac Polon, Joseph Melohn, Yisroel Munitz, Menachem Stulberger, Dr. Bernard Luskin, CEO- Provost.
Graduates from Left to Right at Touro College Los Angeles commencement; Back Row: Bracha Cohen, Rivka Gabay, Amanda Shapiro, Emily Rooks, Tali Rahimi, Jackie Ariel, Dean Esther Lowy, Ariella Silverman, Adella Swartz, Miriam Rudes, Miriam Kaplan, Shana Insel, Sigal Giel, Front Row: Daniel Rahimi, Issac Polon, Joseph Melohn, Yisroel Munitz, Menachem Stulberger, Dr. Bernard Luskin, CEO- Provost.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - Touro College Los Angeles proudly honored the graduating class of 2011 in a Los Angeles commencement ceremony and reception for family, friends, faculty and staff.

“Commencement personafies a wonderful accomplishment for the TCLA graduates. This is our sixth year of higher Jewish education at TCLA. I am proud and feel as though these students are my own family,” said Dr. Esther Lowy, Dean of Touro College Los Angeles.

“This graduation is more than a milestone accomplishment for the new graduates. The twenty-one graduates are a vivid example of how TCLA has grown within the community. Just four years ago TCLA celebrated with a graduating class of four. Today more than 150 people were in attendance at the celebration. TCLA is experiencing success and great progress,” added Dr. Bernard Luskin, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro College Los Angeles and Touro University Worldwide, who brought congratulations and best wishes to the graduates on behalf of Touro College and University System President, Dr. Alan Kadish, from the Touro College headquarters in New York.

The audience applauded as each student’s name was called to receive his or her diploma. Accomplishments of award winners were announced during the graduation ceremony. Ariella Silverman spoke as valedictorian. Menachem Stulberger received the Spirit of Touro Award. Yisroel Munitz won the Business Award and Bracha Cohen received the Psychology Award. “These students surpassed expectations and displayed a desire to achieve beyond their fields of study, a quality TCLA seeks in students,” said Dean Lowy.

Commencement speakers complemented members of the graduating class. “TCLA’s graduates have plans to continue their pursuit of higher education by attending graduate programs at several well known universities, including the University of Southern California, California State University and Touro University Worldwide, among others,” said Luskin. “TCLA is making a major contribution to Jewish education in Los Angeles. The initiation of a crisis hotline in the Psychology department, the increase of science courses and their connectivity to their graduates and alumni in the community display the exemplary education and influence the school has had in the Los Angeles community,” Luskin affirmed.