Oscar Leon ’21, ’22 (M.S.), who will graduate with a master’s degree in organizational leadership from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, has been selected as the Graduate Commencement Valedictorian for the class of 2023. Leon will be the student speaker at the ceremony on May 17.
Leon initially began his Manhattan College career in 1999, but left for family reasons. Soon after, he went to work at Consolidated Edison of New York, where he currently serves as a department manager for the Gas Emergency Response Center. Among his duties are training emergency responders, regulatory notification, reporting, and response to reported gas leak emergencies within Con Ed’s gas service territory and coordinating dispatch operations for emergency response in Westchester County and parts of Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Leon returned to Manhattan in 2018 and earned his B.S. in organizational leadership in 2021 while working full time and was still determined to continue with his graduate education. He now plans to return to Manhattan this fall and pursue a part-time MBA program in finance. He believes that the M.S. and MBA programs will help him develop entrepreneurial skills and financial acumen that will be useful for his future professional goals.
Leon was raised in Washington Heights, New York, and attended Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers. He currently resides in Yonkers and is actively involved in the local St. Peter’s-St. Denis Church.