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Meet the Class of 2011: Michael Hintze

May 31, 2011

Michael Hintze

This is the sixth in a series of profiles of Lehman College 2011 graduates.

Michael Hintze was as surprised as anyone to learn he was selected as the student speaker for this year's Commencement ceremony. "I just handed in my essay thinking, well, they probably won't even read it," he says. So when he got the call from Vincent Zucchetto, executive assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs, he was shocked.

Hintze is somewhat used to high-profile events: he was part of the student contingent that met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and then-New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, during a visit to Lehman in 2009.

For his speech, he says he wants to avoid "the usual pithy quotes" and focus instead on "the most important things I learned while in college."

After graduation, Hintze—a member of the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman—is West Coast-bound. The double major in mathematics and computer science was accepted to the University of California at Berkeley's School of Information, where he will pursue a master's in information management and systems. He was also accepted to Cambridge University, the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.

The prestigious two-year program at Berkeley combines computer science with psychology and elements of law and business. "It's an interdisciplinary program," says Hintze, who lives in Queens and attended Francis Lewis High School. "You can tailor it in different ways. I think I will tailor my studies more toward the technical side."

Hintze, who works thirty hours a week at Nokia as a user experience specialist, wants to eventually go into product management for a software company.