Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Charles Schumer, Pulitzer Prize Winners Among Speakers at CUNY Commencements

May 18, 1999 | The University

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; Senator Charles E. Schumer; Pulitzer Prize winners columnist Jimmy Breslin and historian Mike Wallace; Congressman Anthony Weiner; New York State Comptroller H. Call McCall; Manhattan Borough President C.Virginia Fields; and talk show host Larry King will be among the many distinguished speakers at City University of New York college commencements scheduled from May 23 through June 11.

Mrs. Clinton, who will speak at City College’s commencement, on June 2 at 10 a.m., will receive the City College President’s Medal for Distinguished Achievement. The ceremony will be held on the campus at Convent Avenue and 138th Street in Manhattan.

Senator Schumer will address the Hunter College undergraduate commencement ceremony on June 3 at 11 a.m. and Borough President C. Virginia Fields will be the keynote speaker at Hunter College’s graduate commencement on June 2 at 3 p.m. Both events will be held in Central Park’s Summer Stage Theater. They are the first commencements ever to be held in Central Park in the park’s 141-year history.

Mike Wallace, co-author of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Gotham: a History of New York City to 1898, will be the commencement speaker at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he is Professor of History. The event will be held on June 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Jimmy Breslin is the keynote speaker at the CUNY Baccalaureate Program commencement on June 7, at 10:15 a.m. at Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street.

New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall will speak and receive the President’s Medal at Baruch College’s graduate commencement on June 2 at 8 p.m. in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

Celebrated talk show host Larry King will be the speaker at Brooklyn College’s June 2 commencement at 10 a.m. on campus at 2900 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn where Yankees Manager Joe Torre will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Congressman Anthony Weiner will address the graduates at Kingsborough Community College on June 11, 11 a.m. at the campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Brooklyn.

1999 Commencement Schedule

CUNY Law School at Queens College, May 23, 1 p.m., on campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens. Speaker: David Hall, Provost of Northeastern University, former Dean of Northeastern Law School. Honorary Doctor of Law Degrees: Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive Vice President AFL-CIO, highest ranking woman in the American labor movement; Sheila V.M. Sisulu, South African Ambassador to the U.S.; Urvashi Vaid, Director, Policy Institute of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Public Interest Lawyers Award: Assemblyman Roberto Ramirez, Chairman, Social Services Committee of the New York State Assembly; Dean’s Medal: Hon. Seymour Boyers, Board of Visitors, CUNY School of Law

CUNY Graduate School and University Center, May 28, 11 a.m., Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, Manhattan. Speaker: President Frances Degen Horowitz. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters: Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, jr., Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities Emeritus at the CUNY Graduate School; Gerald Schoenfeld, Chairman of the Board, Shubert Organization; David R. Jones, Esq., President and CEO, Community Service Society of New York; Doctor of Music: Marian McPartland, jazz pianist, who will also perform.

Baruch College, June 1, 11 a.m., The Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan. Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Speaker and recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree: Stan Ross ’56, Vice Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP and Managing Partner of E&Y Kenneth Leventhal real estate group.

City College, June 2, 10 a.m., Lewisohn Plaza, on campus, Convent Avenue & 138th Street, Manhattan. Speaker and Recipient of City College President’s Medal for Distinguished Achievement: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters: Robert Geddes, architect, urban planner and educator; Josh S. Weston’50, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Automatic Data Processing Corporation; Doctor of Science: Commander Mario Runco ’74, NASA Astronaut.

Lehman College, June 3, 10 a.m., on campus, Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx. Speaker and recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree: Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York; Doctor of Humane Letters, Edward D. Miller, president and CEO of The Equitable Companies and chairman and CEO of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S.

York College, June 2, 10 a.m., Athletic Field, on campus, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens. Speaker: Hon.Cardell Cooper, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Brooklyn College, June 2, 10 a.m., Campus Quad, on campus, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Speaker: Talk show host Larry King. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees: Yankees Manager Joe Torre; and Real Estate Developer Bruce C. Ratner, who developed MetroTech and other underdeveloped Brooklyn areas. Presidential Medals: Larry King; Civil rights activists actress Miriam Colon Valle, and Hobart S. Jarrett, Brooklyn College Professor of English Emeritus.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, June 2, 10:30 a.m., The Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan. Speaker: John Jay College Professor of History Mike Wallace, co-author of 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. Honorary Doctor of Law Degrees: Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; James J. Fyfe, Senior Public Policy Research Fellow, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University; Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees: Bruce D. Sales, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, Sociology and Law, University of Arizona; Elaine R. Jones, President and Director-Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Funds; and John Edgar Wideman, novelist/essayist and Professor of English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

CUNY Medical School, June 2, 2 p.m., Aaron Davis Hall, City College campus, Convent Avenue & 138th Street, Manhattan. Speaker, June E. Osborne, M.D., President of the Josiah Macy Foundation.

Hunter College, June 2, 3 p.m., Central Park SummerStage, Manhattan Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Speaker: Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: Richard A. Cloward, professor of Social Work at Columbia University, founder of Human SERVE, advocate for voter registration reform. President’s Medal: Dean Evelynn Gioiella, Hunter College School of the Health Professions.

Hostos Community College, June 2, 7 p.m., Main Theatre, on campus, 475 Grand Concourse, Bronx. Speaker: Leonard Dunston, former Commissioner of New York State Division of Youth.

Baruch College, June 2, 8 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan. Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Speaker and President’s Medal Recipient: H. Carl McCall, New York State Comptroller. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: Larry Zicklin ’57, Managing Partner of Neuberger & Berman investment firm, donor of $18 million to Baruch School of Business, renamed the Zicklin School of Business.

Queens College, June 3, 9 a.m., Campus Quad, on campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens. Speaker: Queens College President Allen L. Sessoms. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees to three alumni, Albert Kapikian, M.D.’52, U.S. Public Health Service scientist who developed vaccine against virus that causes sometimes fatal childhood diarrhea; Professor Nicholas Rescher, ’49, University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, considered one of the most important living philosophers; and Doris L. Wethers, M.D.’48, one of first African Americans to graduate from Yale Medical School, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons who has pioneered in clinical treatment of sickle cell anemia.

College of Staten Island, June 3, 9 a.m., Great Lawn on Campus, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island. Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient: Dr. Edmond L. Volpe, founding president of CSI.

Hunter College, June 3, 11 a.m., Central Park SummerStage, Manhattan. Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Speaker: U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: Brian P. Lamb, Chairman and CEO of Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN).

Borough of Manhattan Community College, June 3, 1:30 p.m., The Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan. Speaker Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Queensborough Community College, June 4, 9:30 a.m., Campus Quad, 222-06 56th Ave., Bayside. Speaker: President Kurt R. Schmeller, who will retire in August.

Bronx Community College, June 4, 10 a.m., Campus Quad, West 181 & University Ave., Bronx. Speaker: Sandra Guzman, Editor in-Chief of Latina magazine, first bilingual lifestyle magazine for Hispanic women.

Medgar Evers College, June 5, 10 a.m., Amphitheater, on campus, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Speaker: Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Senior Minister, Riverside Church, Manhattan.

CUNY Baccalaureate Program, June 7, 10:15 a.m., Borough of Manhattan Community College Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, Manhattan. Speaker: Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Jimmy Breslin.

New York City Technical College, June 9, 10:30 a.m., The Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan. Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient: Eleanor Josaitis, co-founder and executive director of Detroit’s Focus: Hope, a renowned non-profit organization that offers job training in advanced and marketable skills to chronically underemployed.

Kingsborough Community College, June 11, 11 a.m., Tapestry Room, on campus, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn. Speaker: United States Congressman Anthony Weiner.