Christian Rodriguez was the student speaker for the Graduate School of Social Work at the Division of Graduate Studies commencement. A first generation New Yorker, he hails from a family that emigrated from the Dominican Republic. Class valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, while earning his MSW he was part of the Military Social Work Education Fellowship program, which provided enrichment seminars that developed his clinical skills in helping veterans, as well as a prestigious field placement at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Health. Rodriguez was also the recipient of a scholarship for economically disadvantaged students, made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The scholarship gave him the support needed to build on his work helping populations grappling with substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. “The HRSA grant appeared at just the right time and provided me with the hope I needed to keep moving forward,” he said. Well done Christian!