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Brooklyn Campus Honors Graduate Uses Skills to Benefit the World

Class of 2010 commencement ceremony to take place on May 13

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Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
718-488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Born in the Dominican Republic in an impoverished community, Alexandra Gratereaux’s family moved to Miami when she was six years old. Her parents explained to her that they had done their job by struggling to bring her to the United States and implored her not to “waste this opportunity.”

The 21-year-old Long Island University Brooklyn Campus honors student has not let them down.

Gratereaux of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn is graduating cum laude on Thursday, May 13, having received numerous Commencement awards and two fellowships. Through the fellowships, she spent time in Africa and Costa Rica, employing her media arts and journalism skills to improve the lives of residents there.

Majoring in media arts and journalism, Gratereaux knew by the time she was five that she wanted to be a journalist. Amazingly, at 14, she convinced the Miami Sun Post to hire her as an unpaid part-time writer and photographer. She wowed them with a portfolio of her writing and photography that appeared in the Beachcomber, her high school newspaper, where she was art and features editor.

Gratereaux now works part-time for WOR radio as a news assistant and online reporter. “Today, you need to be everything and more to be prepared for a job in media – a photojournalist, print journalist, and you must have a feeling about who you are and what you care about,” she said.

Among her commencement awards are: George Polk Student Award, Kruglak Fellowship in International News Reporting, the Jerry Dantzic Award for Excellence in Photography, the John F. Schultz ’93 Award for Outstanding Service in Media Arts and the University Honors Program Award for Outstanding Service.

At the commencement ceremony, to be held on the Brooklyn Campus athletic field at 10:15 a.m. on May 13, more than 1,600 degrees will be conferred. Richard Ravitch, lieutenant governor of the State of New York, will be the commencement speaker and will be one of four honorary degree recipients, including New York Knicks basketball legend and entrepreneur Bernard King, best-selling author Walter Mosley and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

The Brooklyn Campus is located in downtown Brooklyn at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues.

Posted 05/06/2010

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