Class of 2024

Class of 2024

Fordham's 179th Commencement celebrated graduates from each of Fordham's nine schools and colleges. These are a few of their inspiring stories.

Rebecca Tejiram working in a labrotory

Fordham College at Rose Hill
Advice from a Med School-Bound Fordham Senior

Expand your studies beyond your major, says Rebecca Tejiram, valedictorian of Fordham College at Rose Hill, who majored in biological sciences but minored in bioethics to prepare for making ethical medical decisions.

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Damian Pacheco standing in front of a classroom

Securing $500K to Help Struggling High Schoolers

Using lessons from his Fordham coursework, doctoral grad Damian Pacheco co-developed a remote program that helps nontraditional students complete their diplomas. It earned a $500,000 grant from the NYC Department of Education.


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Connections Lead to Big Four Accounting Job

Joining Fordham’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honor society, helped Colleen Farrell land an internship at PwC last summer. In January, she will go to work there as an assurance associate.

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First-Gen Graduates Thank Their Families on Graduation Day

On the morning of their graduation, three first-generation college graduates reflected on their journey and thanked their loved ones for their support.

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Afrika Owes: A Tax Attorney Who Beat the Odds

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Anita Raman: Studying Social Work in England

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MBA Grad Picks Up Cross-Cultural Skills

Thanks to courses like Marketing with Cultural Intelligence, Meet Patel is well prepared to join his family’s new firm in North Carolina as a project manager and grow its client base in commercial real estate.

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Jennifer Espinal

Fordham College at Rose Hill
Fulbright Scholar Aims for Immigration Law Career

A first-generation college graduate, Jennifer Espinal will hone her Spanish during an English teaching assistantship in Spain and hopes to become an attorney who works with immigrant families.

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Emma Hazeltine

Finding Community in Law School

Fordham Law’s house system was important to Emma Hazeltine, a Midwesterner seeking community in NYC. As she prepares to join the trusts & estates group at a large firm, she's grateful for the "network of truly brilliant and kind-hearted individuals" she met at Fordham.

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Doreen Gibbs

Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
Master’s Grad Integrates Spirituality, Mental Health

Doreen Gibbs sees possibilities for advancing mental health in church settings and enhancing social services with spirituality—something she’s found that clients appreciate.


David Escobar at WFUV, located in the basement of Keating Hall

Fordham College at Rose Hill
Journalism Student Selected for Report for America Corps

David Escobar, a public media master’s grad, will report on diversity in New York state’s Adirondack region for two news outlets—a local magazine and a public radio station. 

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Clara Victorio working with classmate in lab

Fordham College at Rose Hill
Goldwater Scholar Studies Shapeshifting Proteins

Chemistry student Clara Victorio, who earned the prestigious national Goldwater Scholarship, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and develop treatments for human diseases.

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Carolyn Cardell and family

Gabelli School of Business
Student-Athlete Celebrates the ‘Best Decision’ She Ever Made

Carolyn Cardell balanced academics with athletics and internships, following a family formula for success. It earned her a full-time job offer—and “taught me a lot about myself … time management, determination, and grit.”

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Katelyn and Richard Figueroa

Fordham College at Lincoln Center
Father and Daughter Find ‘Second Family’ at Fordham

Some people assume that Katelyn Figueroa enrolled at Fordham only because her father is an employee, but the truth is that she “was in love with Lincoln Center and being in the heart of the city” for years. “It was everything that I wanted.” 

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Daniel Hart holding CSTEP medal in graduation gown

Fordham College at Lincoln Center
CSTEP Community Helps Grad on Path to Law School

The third-generation Fordham grad says his mentors and peers “pushed me to do things I never dreamed of doing. … They gave me the tools to survive and thrive in such a rigorous setting.”

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