Civil Rights Activists Harry Belafonte and Ruben Blades, Pulitzer-Prize Winner David Halberstam Among Speakers at CUNY Commencements

May 11, 2000 | The University

Singers and civil rights activists Harry Belafonte and Ruben Blades; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam; Interim Schools Chancellor Harold O. Levy; and three United States Congressmen – Barney Frank, John Lewis and Charles E. Rangel – will be among the many distinguished speakers at City University of New York college commencements scheduled from May 26 through June 12.

Harry Belafonte will receive the President’s Medal at Baruch College’s undergraduate commencement on June 1. Ruben Blades will take his message to Lehman College, where he will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree on June 1. David Halberstam is City College’s commencement speaker on June 2, where he will receive a Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Rep. Frank will speak at the CUNY Law School commencement on May 25. Rep.Lewis will address John Jay College of Criminal Justice on May 31 and receive an Honorary degree. Rep. Rangel is the featured speaker at Medgar Evers College commencement on June 3.

2000 Commencement Schedule

CUNY Law School at Queens College, on campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens, May 26, 1 p.m. Speaker: Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who will receive the Dean’s Medal. Honorary degrees: Ida Ines Berrocal-Torres, Treasurer of the New York City Central Labor Council and International Vice President of merged unions of Retail Wholesale Department Store Union and United Food and Commercial Workers; Paul Igasaki, Esq., Vice Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision; Gay McDougall, Executive Director of the Washington-based International Human Rights Law Group.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Madison Square Garden, May 31, 10:30 a.m. Honorary Degree recipients (who will each speak briefly) Georgia Congressman John Lewis, award-winning civil rights activist, and Marcia Robinson Lowry, lawyer and advocate for children, founder and executive director of Children’s Rights, Inc., Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees; Martin Symonds, M.D., Brooklyn College’38, psychiatrist, Deputy Chief Surgeon for the New York City Police Department, educator, and consultant to government organizations and private corporations on terrorism and workplace violence, Honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Brooklyn College, on campus, Bedford Ave. & Ave. H, Brooklyn, June 1, 10:30 a.m. Speaker: Brooklyn College President Christoph M. Kimmich. Installation of President Kimmich by CUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., and Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree recipients: Constance Emmer Lieber ’45 and A.M. Rosenthal, City College ’49, prominent journalist and editorial columnist.

Lehman College, on campus, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, June 1, 10:30 a.m. Speaker: Ruben Blades, acclaimed singer, songwriter, actor and former candidate for President of Panama. Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees: Mr. Blades, and Serafin Mariel, principal founder, president and chief executive officer of New York National Bank in the Bronx.

Baruch College, Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, Madison Square Garden, June 1, 11 a.m. Speaker: Harry Belafonte, singer, song writer, civil rights activist, who will receive the President’s Medal. Honorary Doctor of Laws degree: Chung Mong Joon, member of Korean National Assembly and former chairman of Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Graduate School, Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street June 1, 11 a.m. Speaker: New York Public Library President Paul LeClerc. Honorary degree recipients: philanthropist Dr. A. Jess Shenson and economist Dr. Anna Jacobson Schwartz, Doctor of Humane Letters degrees; Dr Walter Turnbull, director of The Boys Choir of Harlem, Doctor of Music degree.

Hunter College, Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Central Park Summer Stage, June 1, 3 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Rose Dobruf, Professor of Gerontology at Hunter College and founding director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at the College. Honorary degrees: Dr. Dobrof; Arlene Eisenberg, co-author of best-selling books for mothers-to-be and graduate of Hunter College High School; and Dr. Harold Lewis, national leader in field of social work and former dean of the Hunter College School of Social Work; Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

The City College of New York, Herman Goldman Center, Convent Avenue & 138th Street, Manhattan, June 2, 9 a.m. Speaker: David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, political and social commentator. Honorary degree recipients Mr. Halberstam; Joyce R. Coppin, ’58, Superintendent of Brooklyn High Schools who has initiated programs to increase student achievement; Nathan Glazer ’44, educator, author, editor, member of Presidential Task Forces on urban affairs and education; and George Lamming, distinguished Caribbean writer and Visiting Scholar at CCNY, Doctor of Humane Letters degrees; Henry J. Stern ’54, Parks Commissioner appointed by two different Mayors, founder of Natural Resources Group, which has acquired and protected thousands of acres of parkland for the public trust, Doctor of Laws degree.

York College, on campus, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, N.Y. , June 2, 10 a.m. Speaker: New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall.

Baruch College, Graduate Commencement Ceremony, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, June 2, 11 a.m. Speaker : Michael Bloomberg, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Bloomberg L.P., who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Hunter College, Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, Central Park Summer Stage, June 2, 11 a.m. Speaker: New York City Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree: John Sepulveda, ’77, Deputy Director U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Borough of Manhattan Community College, Madison Square Garden, June 2, 11:30 a.m. Speaker: Rosana Rosada, Publisher of El Diario/La Prensa.

Medgar Evers College 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. June 3, 10 a.m. Speaker: New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel.

Hostos Community College, on campus, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, N.Y., June 6, 7 p.m. Speaker: Hugh J. Scott, educator, administrator, Dean of Programs in Education at Hunter College, and author and author of may publications including �Academic and Cultural Excellence for African American Students: Imperatives for Public Education.�

Queens College, on campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, N.Y. June 7, 9:00 a.m. Speaker: Queens College President Allen Lee Sessoms. Honorary degree recipients: Dr. Erika Bourguignon ’45, anthropologist, educator, writer, and Arnold Franco ’43, author and businessman, Doctor of Humane Letters degrees; Queens College Professor Emeritus of Music George Perle, prolific composer, winner of Pulitzer Prize in Music and MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, Doctor of Music degree.

New York City Technical College, Madison Square Garden, June 8, 10 a.m. Speaker: Julian E. Pate III, director of engineering, Gilreath Manufacturing, Inc., Detroit, former Ford Motor Company executive, founder of Ford Minority Engineering Scholarship. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree recipients: Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Angela’s Ashes,”and former New York City Technical College adjunct lecturer; and Martin Jaffe ’65, CFP, managing director and chief operating officer of DLJ Asset Management Group of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

College of Staten Island, on campus, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, N.Y. June 8, 10 a.m. Speaker: Interim Schools Chancellor Harold O. Levy, who will receive the President’s Medal, as will New York State Assemblywoman Elizabeth Connelly from Staten Island. .

Queensborough Community College, on campus, Springfield Blvd & 56 Ave., Bayside, N.Y. June 9, 9:30 a.m.

Bronx Community College, on campus, West 181st Street and University Ave., Bronx, N.Y. June 9, 10 a.m. Speaker: Maurice DuBois, news anchor for WNBC News4.

Kingsborough Community College, on campus, 2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, June 12, 11 a.m. Speaker: Kenneth Adams, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.