Senator Hillary Clinton, former President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez Reyna, and former Mayor David Dinkins will be among the distinguished speakers at City University of New York college commencements honoring the heroes of 9/11.
Frederick Curry will accept an award on behalf of his late wife Beverly, a student at the College of Staten Island who worked at Cantor FitzGerald and was killed on 9/11. Members of the uniformed services who responded to the 9/11 attack will be honored at City College with the President’s Medal. Accepting the awards will be Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Port Authority Police Deputy Chief Leonard Mackesy. Former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik will address graduates at Kingsborough Community College.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to recipients representing a wide array of accomplishments including world renowned opera star and human rights activist Jessye Norman; the Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives; Marion Cole, master dance teacher whose professional career as a chorus line and tap dancer started in the early 1930’s; actor-director Paul Mazursky; feminist and co-founder of Ms. magazine Gloria Steinem; internationally-renowned architect Frank Gehry; and Richard J. Sheirer, former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.
The schedule, speakers and honorary degree recipients at CUNY college commencements follows:
May 24, 12 noon CUNY School of Law, Queens College campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Speaker: Anthony D. Romero, Esq., Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Honorary Doctor of Laws recipients: Mr. Romero; Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives; Robert MacCrate, Esq., Senior Counsel to Sullivan and Cromwell, a leader for more than 50 years in legal education and on racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the legal profession; Helen Zia, award-winning journalist, author and former executive editor of Ms. Magazine, who has written widely on human rights and civil liberties.
May 29, 10:30 a.m. Baruch College undergraduate degrees, Madison Square Garden Theatre. Speaker: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Honorary Doctor of Laws: Richard J. Sheirer, former Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. Doctor of Humane Letters: Marvin C. Schwartz, Vice Chairman and Director of Neuberger Berman investment house, ’62. President’s Medal: Thomas P. McCarthy, long-time Registrar at Baruch College.
May 29, 4 p.m. Baruch College graduate degrees, Madison Square Garden Theatre. Speaker: New York State Commissioner of Health and former Surgeon General Antonia C.Novello. Honorary Doctor of Laws: Roy Goodman, President and CEO of the United Nations Development Corp., former New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader for Policy. President’s Medal: Commissioner Novello.
May 30, 9 a.m. Queens College, Campus Quad 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters: Former Queens Borough President Claire Schulman and Marion Coles, whose professional chorus line and tap dance career extended from the early 1930’s to the late 1980’s and teaching career currently includes Queens College master classes and workshops.
May 30, 10 a.m. Bronx Community College, Campus Quad, West 181st Street & University Ave., Bronx. Speaker: Dr. Lenworth Gunther, historian, author and director of the Africana Institute at Essex County College.
May 30, 10:30 a.m. Brooklyn College, Campus Quad, Bedford Ave. and Ave. H, Brooklyn. Speaker: President of the University of Maryland Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Honorary Degrees: Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters: President Hrabowski, and former Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden. Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts: Paul Mazursky actor, director, screenwriter, producer and Brooklyn College alumnus. Presidential medal: newspaper and television journalist and financial analyst Myron I. Kandel, ’52.
May 30 10:30 a.m. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Madison Square Garden Arena. Speaker: Jessye Norman, world renowned opera star and supporter of human rights. Honorary degrees: Honorary Doctor of Laws: Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Kay Redfield Jamison an international authority on mental illness, whose most recent book is Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters: writer Susan Brownmiller, whose most influential book was Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape; James McCloskey founder of Centurion Ministries, which is dedicated to freeing those wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison or death.
May 30, 2 p.m. The Graduate Center, Manhattan Center, 34th St. between 8th and 9th Ave. Speaker: Kenneth T. Jackson, President and CEO of the New York Historical Society, Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences at Columbia University, and editor of the Encyclopedia of New York. Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters: Dr. Jackson; internationally renowned psychologist Albert Bandura, David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University; Rachel Robinson, founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation which provides educational and leadership opportunities for minority students nationwide; and Gloria Steinem, feminist, writer, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, president of Voters for Choice, and founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
May 31, 9 a.m. York College 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica. Speaker: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.
May 31, 9:30 a.m. Queensborough Community College, Springfield Blvd. & 56th Ave., Bayside. Speaker: President Eduardo Marti
May 31, 10 a.m. City College, Convent Ave. & 133rd St. Goldman Center, South Campus. Speaker: Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and former Assistant Secretary for Health. Honorary degrees: Honorary Doctors of Science to: Dr. Satcher and Dr. Andreas Acrivos, New York State former Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering at City College and former Director of CCNY’s Benjamin Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics, and one of the leading contributors to the modern theory of fluid mechanics. Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts to: renowned architect Frank Gehry, a former CCNY student, whose most famous building is the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to: Dr. Irving Adler ’31, teacher, scholar, mathematician, author, and fighter against fascism and for fairness and civil rights. President’s Medal for 9/11 Heroism, Sacrifice and Service to: FDNY & EMS (Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta to accept), NYPD (Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to accept), Port Authority Police (Deputy Chief Leonard Mackesy to accept)
May 31, 10:30 a.m. Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, South Field, Bronx. Speaker: Dr. Leonel Fernández Reyna, former President of the Dominican Republic, author of two books, The United States in the Caribbean: From the Cold War to the Reagan Plan and The Roots of Usurped Power. Honorary degrees: Honorary Doctor of Laws: Dr. Fernández. Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters: June Bingham Birge, playwright, columnist, health activist, political campaigner, wife of the late Congressman Jonathan Bingham and great niece of Herbert H. Lehman; author of Courage to Change: An Introduction to the Life and Thought of Reinhold Niebuhr and U Thant: The Search for Peace; Fernando Ferrer, former Bronx Borough President and 2001 candidate for Mayor; President of Westchester Community College Dr. Joseph N. Hankin, former president of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
May 31, 11:30 a.m. Borough of Manhattan Community College, Madison Square Garden Theatre. Speaker: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; Community Service Award recipient New York State Assemblyman Ed Sullivan.
May 31, 2 p.m. CUNY Medical School, City College, Aaron Davis Hall, 138th St. & Convent Ave. Speaker: Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General.
June 1, 10 a.m. Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (posthumously): William “Willie” Jones, jazz drummer, research scholar of American Black history and music, catalyst for the Thelonious Monk Foundation , co-founder of the Andy Kirk Research Foundation, philosopher and humanitarian. The Willie Jones Jazz Archive at Medgar Evers College is named in his honor.
June 3, 10:30 a.m. New York City Technical College, Madison Square Garden Theatre. Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient: Dr. Muriel A. Howard, ’69, President of Buffalo State College/SUNY.
June 5, 7 p.m. Hostos Community College, C Building Theatre, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx. Speaker: Marisol Hernandez ’87, Commissioner of the Board of Education of Syracuse, N.Y. City School District.
June 6, 2 p.m. Hunter College, Radio City Music Hall. Honorary Doctor of Science Degree: Dr. Hattie Bessent, Ed.D Director , Ethnic/Racial Minority Fellowship Programs, American Nurses Association; Presidential medal: Cady Huffman, Tony-award winning singer in “The Producers.”
June 6. 10 a.m. College of Staten Island, Great Lawn, 2800 Victory Blvd. Staten Island. Speakers: Firefighter John B. Dunne ’02 and Police Officer Jeanette McKeon ’01. Frederick Curry, whose late wife Beverly Curry, a student at CSI, worked at Cantor FitzGerald and was killed on 9/11, will accept a special Dolphin Award in her memory. In addition, special President’s Medals will be awarded to those dear to the CSI community who were lost on 9/11. Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: Former Assemblywoman Elizabeth Connelly, longest serving woman in the history of the New York State Legislature, former Speaker Pro Tempore, the highest leadership post held by a woman in the New York State Assembly.
June 7, 10:15 a.m. CUNY Baccalaureate Program, Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street at Third Ave. Speaker: Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins.
June 10, 11 a.m. Kingsborough Community College, Rainbow Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn. Speaker: Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik