YU Recognizes Outstanding Undergraduate Students

Valedictorians L-R: Sammy Samuels (JSS), David Buchbinder (MYP), Jacqueline (Rivka) Kukuy (SSSB), Rafi Zlotnick (SSSB), Janna (Almo) Harel (SSSB), David Erlichman (YC), Leah Olive (SCW), and Peyman Farzanfar (IBC). Not pictured is David Hercman (BMP).

May 30, 2006 — An undergraduate education at Yeshiva University is characterized by Torah Umadda, Jewish studies combined with the study of liberal arts and sciences. It is a characteristic unique to YU, and one in which all students take pride. The YU diploma is symbolic of having successfully satisfied all requirements, meeting all challenges, and overcoming all obstacles associated with the gruelling but ultimately rewarding odyssey that is a Yeshiva University education.

Among all graduates are those students whose achievements are singled out as particularly exceptional.

The following students were named as valedictorians of their respective schools: David Baruch Erlichman, Yeshiva College; Leah Olive, Stern College for Women; Janna Almo, Jacqueline Rivka Kukuy, and Rafi Zlotnick, all of Sy Syms School of Business; Aung Soe Lwin, James Striar School of General Jewish Studies; Peyman Farzanfar, Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies, David Hercman, Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program; and David Buchbinder, Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies.

A complete list of all award recipients representing Yeshiva University’s undergraduate men and women’s schools and programs can viewed by clicking here.

In his tribute to the Class of 2006 at commencement exercises May 25, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel told students “your commitment inspires your faculty and rebbeim to be even more devoted. Go forth from this day and embrace a future of promise and purpose.”

President Joel conferred about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and re-conferred degrees upon the YC Class of 1956 in celebration of its 50th reunion. He also acknowledged the 25th anniversaries of YC’s and Stern College’s Classes of 1981.

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