Pioneering AIDS researcher Dr. David D. Ho; Dr. John Hope Franklin, Chairman of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race; former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro; FBI Director Louis J. Freeh; New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and Queens Borough President Claire Shulman will be among many distinguished speakers at City University of New York graduation ceremonies from May 22 through June 5. Close to 25,000 students will receive their graduate and undergraduate degrees.
Singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte; anthropologist Eric Wolf; photographer Gordon Parks; Dr. Clive Callender, director of Howard University Hospital’s Transplant Center; and Gregory Long, President and CEO of The New York Botanical Garden will be among many notables who will receive honorary degrees at the 22 college commencement ceremonies.
Following is a schedule of CUNY graduations:
CUNY Law School, May 22, 10:00 a.m., Queens College Colden Center, Kissena Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway, Flushing.
Speaker:Theodore M. Shaw — Associate Director and Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, current holder of the school’s Haywood Burns Chair in Civil Rights. Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees: Charles R. Halpern, President and CEO, The Nathan Cummings Foundation and founding Dean of The CUNY School of Law; Professor Harold Hongju Koh, Director, Orville Schell, Jr. Center for International Rights;Deborah Batts, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York; Juan A. Figueroa, President and General Counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. Dean’s Medal: Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.
CUNY Graduate School and University Center, May 30, 11 a.m., Town Hall, 123 W. 43 St. Manhattan.
Speaker: Dr. David Ho, AIDS researcher and Time Magazine 1996 Man of the Year. Honorary Degrees — Doctor of Humane Letters: Sally Goodgold, civic leader; Gregory Long, President and CEO of The New York Botanical Garden; Joan Nestle, author and documentarian of the experiences of gay women in the U.S.
York College, June 1, 10 a.m. on campus, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, Queens,
Speaker: John Hope Franklin, the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University and Chairman of the Advisory Board for One America: The President’s Initiative on Race.
City College, June 2, 10 a.m., Lewisohn Plaza, on campus, Convent Avenue & 138th Street, Manhattan.
Speaker and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree recipient: Rudolph F. Crew, Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools.
CUNY Baccalaurate Program, June 2 10:15 a.m., Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, Manhattan.
Speaker: Martin Segal, Chairman Emeritus of Lincoln Center.
Brooklyn College, June 2, 10:30 a.m. on campus, 2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
Speaker: President Vernon E. Lattin. Honorary Degrees — Doctor of Humane Letters: Harry Belafonte, singer, actor, and human rights activist; Claire and Leonard Tow, major philanthropists in the cause of higher education. Presidential medals — Sara E. Melendez, president of Independent Sector, the nation’s largest philanthropic coalition; Distinguished Professor Emeritus Hans L. Trefousse, whose most recent book is “The Radical Republicans: Lincoln’s Vanguard for Radical Justice,” and Joel Zwick, television director, actor and producer. Geologist Salvatore J. Mazzullo will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Lehman College, June 3, 10:30 a.m., campus, Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx
Speaker: H. Carl McCall, State Comptroller of New York. Honorary Degrees — Doctor of Humane Letters: Jose A. Cardenas, education expert, civil rights advocate, Director Emeritus and founder of the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA); Orin Lehman, former Chairman of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Doctor of Science: Ghilean T. Prance, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in England.
Baruch College June 2, 11:00 am, The Theater, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Speaker and honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree recipient: Bernard “Bernie” West, one of the writer/creators of the TV sitcom “All in the Family” and writer of “The Jeffersons.” Honorary Degree – Doctor of Science: Miguel Fuentes, President and CEO of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College June 3, 1:30 p.m. Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
Speaker: C. Virginia Fields, Manhattan Borough President
Hunter College, June 3, 3:00 p.m., campus, E. 69th between Park & Lexington Avenues. Commencement for Humanities, Arts, Education, Science and Math.
Speaker: former Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro. Honorary Degrees — Doctor of Science: Dr. Clive Callender, director of Howard University Hospital’s Transplant Center; Doctor of Humane Letters: Dr. Blanche D. Blank, former Acting President of Hunter College and longtime faculty member.
Baruch College June 3, 8:00 p.m. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Graduate Commencement. Speaker and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient: Jack Nash, formerly a general partner in Odyssey Partners, who recently endowed the Jack Nash Honors MBA program at the Ziklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Hunter College, June 4, 3 p.m., campus, E. 69th between Park & Lexington Avenues.
Commencement for Health, Social Work, and Nursing. Speaker: Professor Manning Marable, Professor of History and director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Honorary Degrees — Doctor of Fine Arts: Gordon Parks, acclaimed photographer and filmmaker; Doctor of Humane Letters: Floria V. Lasky, co-chair of the Hunter College foundation and specialist in entertainment law.
Queens College, June 4, 9 a.m., campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens
Speaker: President Allen Lee Sessoms. Honorary Degrees – Dr. Eric Wolf, author of seminal books on anthropology and former Distinguished Professor at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center; Lilo Leeds, cofounder of CMP Publications, a major media company, and the Institute for Community Development, which aids at-risk students.
College of Staten Island, June 4, 10 a.m., Great Lawn, on campus, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island
Speaker: Catharine R. Stimpson: Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University and former Director of the MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program. President’s Medal Recipients: Guy V. Molinari, Staten Island Borough President; Alfred B. Curtis, Jr., CSI alumnus and member of the CUNY Board of Trustees.
Hostos Community College June 4, 10 a.m. on campus, 475 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Commencement for Allied Health Programs: Dental Hygiene, Nursing; Business Programs: Data Processing, Business and Accounting. Speaker: David Gonzalez, New York Times columnist
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, June 4, 10:30 a.m. Madison Square Garden.
Speaker and honorary Doctor of Laws degree recipient: Louis J. Freeh, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Honorary Degree — Doctor of Laws: Thomas Grisso, Director of Forensic Training and Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Hostos Community College 4 p.m., on campus, 475 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Commencement for Liberal Arts And Gerontology Speaker: Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, founder and senior pastor of the Bronx Christian Fellowship, Executive Director of the Bronx-based Multi-Ethnic Center, Inc. and former White House Fellow.
New York City Technical College, June 4, 4:30 p.m. Carnegie Hall, 7th Ave. & 57th Street Manhattan
Speaker: Rafael Esparra, President and CEO of the New York City Housing Assistance Corporation. Honorary Degree — Doctor of Humane Letters: Lorraine Beitler, educator,human rights proponent and philanthropist.
Queensborough Community College, June 5, 9:30 am, on campus, 222-06 56th Avenue, Bayside, Queens.
Speaker: Queens Borough President Claire Schulman
Medgar Evers College, June 6, 10 a.m., on campus, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.
Speaker: Derrick Bell, lawyer, writer and educator, the first tenured African-American professor at Harvard Law School, currently a Dean at Oregon Law School.
Kingsborough Community College, June 15, 10:30 a.m., on campus 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn
Speaker: Joyce R. Coppin, Superintendent of Brooklyn High Schools for the New York City Board of Education.
Bronx Community College, June 5, 10 a.m. The Quadrangle, on campus, West 181 & University Avenue, Bronx
Speaker: New York City Councilman Adolfo Carrion