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Joshua LaMore Named LIU Brooklyn’s Class of 2014 Valedictorian

A musician and singer/songwriter, LaMore majored in English


Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations

JoshThe first in his family to attend college, Joshua LaMore, an English major, with a minor in Philosophy, has been named the valedictorian of the LIU Brooklyn Class of 2014. He will deliver the valedictory address at the 2014 Commencement for LIU Brooklyn, LIU Pharmacy, and LIU Hudson, at the Barclays Center on May 15.

LaMore was selected for his excellent grade point average and diligence with his studies. A musician and songwriter, LaMore travelled for six years after graduating from high school in Manteno, Ill., performing his music around the country. He decided to go to college to broaden his horizons and fulfill his desire to learn and experience life from a new perspective.

“We are proud to name Josh as the valedictorian of the Class of 2014,” said Gale Stevens Haynes, vice president, chief operating officer, and legal counsel at LIU. “His dedication to our university, the spirit of the campus mission, and to the community, has not gone unnoticed and he deserves this recognition.”

During his time at LIU Brooklyn, LaMore has been a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and has served as president, his junior year, and treasurer, his senior year, of the Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society. He also took part in Partners in the Park—an education, recreation, and stewardship national program—where he completed a service project at Sequoia National Park, backpacking in the wilderness and discussing national park policies with the chief interpreter. In addition, he worked for LIU’s Liberty Partnership Program, where he helped design and teach a seven-week college prep program that focused on diversity, environmental issues, and job opportunities in the energy field. He also worked at the Academic Reinforcement Center, where he tutored ESL students, and as a peer leader.

Considering pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies with an English focus, LaMore plans to take some time to explore and learn Spanish, while finalizing his graduate school plans.

On May 15, LaMore, 27, will graduate summa cum laude with a B.A. degree. “My long-term goal and hope is that I will teach and inspire others, whether it be through writing, teaching, or other means, to be persistent and pursue their passions,” said LaMore. “My time at LIU has taught me the importance of education, and I want to spend my life continually learning and experiencing new things.”

LaMore was a recipient of various awards during his time at LIU Brooklyn, including Alpha Lambda Delta’s Honor Society’s Top Scholarship the Jo Anne J. Trow Award, 2013 Best Regional Essay in Literature Award at the National Alpha Chi Honor Society Convention, and the Edward Edelman & Susanne Popper-Edelman English Essay Prize.

Posted 04/22/2014

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