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Brooklyn Student Graduates with Mom

By: Astrid Schröder | June 26, 2017

A recent commencement in Brooklyn was especially meaningful for a young man from Crown Heights, and his mom. John Johnson is an alumnus of Global Citizenship Seminar 8 of the Global Citizenship Alliance that took place last April in Salzburg, Austria. John, a graduate of Kingsborough Community College, also is the recipient of the most prestigious transfer scholarship in the U.S., the Jack Kent Cooke, which will cover his education at the Tish School of Arts at New York University starting this fall.

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