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Pomp & Circumstance

Move over those tassels for Kejsi Shkreta, class of ‘18. The genius grad, who immigrated from Albania with her parents, was the Valedictorian at this year’s commencement ceremonies from St. Francis College on Jan. 16.

On coming to America, she said, “I wanted to be near those skyscrapers, to be immersed in a cultural melting pot, but to also be part of something that respected tradition and carried an air of respect.”

She did just that; her grades earned her a scholarship to attend the school where she earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Along with that 4.0 GPA, her other accomplishments included interning at Bank of America, and for the New York City Department of Education; induction to the Duns Scotus Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the National Honor Society. She was also president of the Information Technology Club, Treasurer of the Entrepreneur Club and a member of the Investment Club, the International Students Committee, and the Troupers.

Kejsi commented: “Although my journey is far from over, I want to directly thank the SFC alumni for their generosity. Without their altruism, students like me would be greatly strained to fully realize their dreams.”

Standing O wishes her good fortune in her future.

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights; www.sfc.edu]

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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