Congressman Charles B. Rangel, the first African American to chair the United States House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City, Richard Parsons, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark head an impressive list of distinguished public servants, award-winning authors, journalists, political commentators, jurists, historians of the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust, leading scientists, and physicians who are among the speakers and honorees for the 2007 commencement ceremonies at The City University of New York.
The 2007 commencement speakers include Congressman Rangel at Lehman College, and Mayor Bloomberg, who will also receive the President’s Medal, at the College of Staten Island. Mr. Parsons will address the City University Baccalaureate (CUNY’s University-wide Individualized Degree), Newark Mayor Cory Booker will speak at the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. The Macaulay Honors College is named in honor of Mr. Macaulay, a 1966 alumnus of CCNY who gave $30 million – the largest donation in CUNY’s history – for the purchase of a building that will become the permanent home for the Honors College, and to add support to its endowment. Mr. Macaulay, chairman and chief executive officer of First Reserve Corporation, one of the ten largest private equity firms in the world, will be a featured speaker at the Baruch College commencement.
“The graduates of The City University have compiled an extraordinary record of accomplishment,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. “The CUNY Class of 2007 is a source of tremendous pride for our University and the City, and most of these graduates will remain here, paying taxes and contributing enormously to our city, state and the nation.”
The University estimates than more than 34,000 students will graduate in the 2007 academic year.
Other commencement speakers include former New York Times Executive Editor Joseph Lelyveld, at the CUNY Graduate Center; novelist Susan Isaacs at Queens College; Taylor Branch, civil rights historian and author of the monumental 3-volume biography of Martin Luther King Jr., and Deborah E. Lipstadt, whose work has countered Holocaust denial, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and award-winning political analyst Jeff Greenfield, the CBS network’s senior political correspondent and a Time magazine columnist, at Hunter College.
Also, two former U.S. Surgeons General, Dr. Richard Carmona, who will speak at his alma mater, Bronx Community College, and Dr. David Satcher, at York College; Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer at Borough of Manhattan Community College; award-winning author and noted litigator of First Amendment cases David D. Cole, at CUNY School of Law; New York State Supreme Court Judge Theodore T. Jones Jr., at Medgar Evers College; and New York State Senator Eric L. Adams, former NYPD Captain and co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, at his alma mater, New York City College of Technology.
Among those who will be honored are Anna Diggs Taylor, Senior District Judge and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, at CUNY School of Law; Agnes Gund, president emerita, Museum of Modern Art, and Jean Kennedy Smith, former ambassador to Ireland, at the CUNY Graduate Center; legal scholar Richard Delgado, one of the founders of the critical race theory movement, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Shirley Fiterman, patron of the arts, education and medical science, at Borough of Manhattan Community College; Adam Guettel, Tony- and Drama Desk Award-winning composer of The Light in the Piazza, at Lehman College; and Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro, Alison R. Bernstein, VP of the Ford Foundation’s Education, Media, Arts and Culture Program, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, the award-winning news program, and Frances Hesselbein, former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, at the College of Staten Island.
Links to college commencement sites are available at www.cuny.edu/news. Visit the college sites for more details about outstanding graduates and their stories.
The CUNY Spring 2007 Commencement Schedule
May 18 through June 8, 2007
CUNY School of Law: May 18, 12:00 Noon, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, Queens.
Speaker: David D. Cole, award-winning author, noted litigator of First Amendment cases and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Laws: David D. Cole. Doctor of Laws: The Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor, Senior District Judge and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
Contact: Carol Kozo at (718) 340-4207
CUNY Graduate Center: May 24, 11 a.m., Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th St. (8th & 9th Ave.), Manhattan.
Speaker: Joseph Lelyveld, former executive editor, The New York Times. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters: Joseph Lelyveld. Doctor of Humane Letters: Agnes Gund, president emerita, Museum of Modern Art. Doctor of Humane Letters: Jean Kennedy Smith, former ambassador to Ireland and founder, Very Special Arts.
Contact: David Manning at (212) 817-7177
Baruch College: May 30, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave. at 32nd St., Manhattan.
Speaker: Rossana Rosado, publisher, El Diario La Prensa (morning commencement);
Speaker: William Macaulay, Chairman and CEO, First Reserve Corp. (afternoon commencement). Ms. Rosado and Mr. Macaulay will both receive the Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.
Contact: Zane Berzins at (646) 660-6113
Queens College: May 31, 9 a.m., 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens.
Speaker: Susan Isaacs, award-winning novelist, essayist, screenwriter, political columnist and book reviewer, whose fiction has been translated into 30 languages. All 10 of Isaacs’ novels have been New York Times bestsellers and main selections of the Literary Guild. Three of them, Compromising Positions, Hello Again and Shining Through, were turned into major feature films. Isaacs just published her 11th novel, Past Perfect. Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters: Max Kupferberg, Chairman of the Board of Kepco, Inc., philanthropist and distinguished alumnus.
Contact: Phyllis C. Stevens at (718) 997-5597 or Maria Matteo at (718) 997-5593
College of Staten Island: May 31, 10 a.m., 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island.
Speaker: New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. President’s Medals: Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro; Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters: Alison R. Bernstein, Vice President for Education, Media, Arts and Culture Program at the Ford Foundation; Doctor of Humane Letters: Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 450 stations in North America; Doctor of Humane Letters: Frances Hesselbein, chairman of the board of governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management), and former CEO, the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Contact: Bob Huber at (718) 982-2328
Brooklyn College: May 31, 10:30 a.m., Brooklyn College Quadrangle, 2900 Bedford Ave.
Speaker: Dr. Roberta S. Matthews, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Brooklyn College, was the first University director of the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, and prior to that, was acting president of LaGuardia Community College. From 1996 to 1999 Matthews was the acting provost and dean of faculty at Marymount College. She began her academic career on the English faculty of LaGuardia Community College in 1973, where she later served as associate dean of faculty (1980-1986) and associate dean for academic affairs (1989-1996). Honorary degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters, Branford M. Taitt, Brooklyn College alumnus with a distinguished career in politics in Barbados, and Morton Topfer, Brooklyn College alumnus and entrepreneur who developed technologies that are indispensable to the computer and cell phone.
Contact: John P. Hamill at (718) 951-5882 or (646) 734-8747
John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Thursday, May 31, 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan.
10:30 a.m.: Patricia Cornwell, best-selling crime writer who has brought the particulars of forensic practice to the public; Richard Delgado, legal scholar who recognized internationally as one of the founders of the critical race theory movement.
3:30 p.m.: Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University whose work has countered Holocaust denial with accurate historical scholarship;
Doctor of Humane Letters: Patricia Cornwell, Deborah E. Lipstadt;
Doctor of Laws: Richard Delgado;
Contact:Â Chris Godek at 212-237-8628Contact: Chris Godek at (212) 237-8628
Lehman College: May 31, 10:30 a.m., South Field, Lehman campus.
Speaker: Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the first African-American to hold that position. President’s Medal: Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr., Director of the Center for Urban Education Policy, University Professor at the CUNY Graduate School, past President of Bronx Community College, and former Tuskegee Airman. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Music: Adam Guettel, Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning composer of The Light in the Piazza. Doctor of Fine Arts: Judith Malina, actor, writer, director and cofounder of The Living Theater, the oldest experimental theatre group in the United States. Doctor of Humane Letters: Judith Ortiz Cofer, celebrated novelist, poet and essayist and Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. Doctor of Humane Letters: Peter D. Roos, a noted civil rights lawyer who won two landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases, establishing the right of students to a hearing before suspension or expulsion, and the right of undocumented children to an elementary and secondary education.
Contact: Marge Rice at (718) 960-4992
Hunter College: May 31, 2 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 260 Ave. of the Americas (bet. 50th & 51st ), Manhattan.
Speaker: Jeff Greenfield, award-winning political analyst, currently CBS network’s senior political correspondent and columnist for Time magazine. Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters: Lew Frankfort, Chairman and CEO of Coach, Inc. and Hunter College alumnus.
Contact: Meredith Halpern at (212) 772-4068
York College: June 1, 9 a.m., Health and Physical Education Field, 160th St. between Liberty Ave. and South Rd., Jamaica, Queens.
Speaker: Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States, now director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and also the first Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Science: Dr. David Satcher. Doctor of Science: Milton Bassin, former president, York College. Doctor of Science: Dr. Carl Urban, director, Infectious Disease Research Laboratories, New York Hospital, Queens.
Contact: Nate Moore at (718) 262-2354
Bronx Community College, June 1, 10 a.m., West 181st St. & University Ave., Bronx.
Speaker: former Surgeon General of the United States and Bronx Community College graduate, Dr. Richard Carmona M.D., M.P.H., FACS, who currently serves as vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, a health and wellness company, CEO of Canyon Ranch Health, and president of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Carmona is also the Distinguished Professor of Public Health at The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Contact: Bryant Mason at (718) 289-5208
The City College of New York: June 1, 10 a.m., 138th St. and Convent Ave., Manhattan.
Speaker: Dr. Gregory H. Williams, 11th president of The City College and award-winning author under whose leadership CCNY has gained increased national recognition. Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters: Larry Gralla ’51, retired publisher and philanthropist; Hon. Johann Matzenauer, former Member of the Austrian Parliament and educator. Doctor of Science: Dr. Mario José Molina, 1995 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry.
Contact: Jay Mwamba at (212) 650-7580
Queensborough Community College: June 1, 10 a.m., 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, Queens .
Speaker: Charlene Prounis, Co-President and Managing Partner of Flashpoint Medica, a full-service marketing and advertising agency that specializes in healthcare. Since graduating from Queensborough’s Nursing Program in 1976, Ms. Prounis has had a successful career as a nurse, and then continued to build two flourishing advertising agencies.
Contact: Millie Conte at (718) 631-6222
Borough of Manhattan Community College: June 1, 11:30 a.m., Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave. at 32nd St., Manhattan.
Speaker: Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan’s 26th Borough President. After serving 12 years in the New York Assembly, Scott M. Stringer was sworn in as Borough President in January 2006. The New York Times credited him as having “a sterling reputation as a catalyst for change.” Presidential Award: Shirley Fiterman, patron of the arts, education, medical science, and board member of the Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation.
Contact: Barry Rosen at (212) 220-1238
Medgar Evers College: June 2, 10 a.m., College Amphitheater at 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
Speaker: Judge Theodore T. Jones, Jr. elected to the New York State Supreme Court with a term beginning 1990. Among the more prominent cases Judge Jones has handled are those involving the three-day New York City transit strike in 2005. Defying an injunction issued by Jones, Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union shut down the city’s subways and buses for 60 hours. Jones fined the union $2.5 million for violating the Taylor Law, which prohibits public employees from striking.
Contact: Marge Battle at (718) 270-5025 or Christopher Hundley at (718) 270-6926
The William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY: June 5, 10 a.m., New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St., Manhattan.
Speaker: Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.
Contact: Michael Arena at (212) 794-5685
New York City College of Technology: June 5, 10:30 a.m., The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave. and 32nd St., Manhattan.
Speaker and President’s Award Recipient: Eric L. Adams ’84, New York State Senator, 20th Senatorial District, co-founder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, former New York City Police Department Captain and City Tech alumnus.
Contact: Michele Forsten at (718) 260-5979 or Dale Tarnowieski at (718) 260-5109
City University Baccalaureate, CUNY’s University-Wide Individualized Degree: June 6, 10 a.m., The Great Hall at The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St. at Third Ave. (the Foundation
Speaker: Richard D. Parsons, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner, Inc., whose businesses include filmed entertainment, interactive services, television networks, cable systems and publishing. He became CEO in May 2002 and Chairman of the Board in May 2003. In its January 2005 report on America’s Best CEOs, Institutional Investor magazine named Mr. Parsons the top CEO in the entertainment industry
Contact: Beth Kneller at (212) 817-8238
Hostos Community College: June 6, 7 p.m., Main Theater, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx.
Speaker: Dr. Hugh Scott, former dean, School of Education, Hunter College/CUNY.
Contact: Sandra Ruiz at (718) 518-4300
Kingsborough Community College: June 8, 11 a.m., 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn
Speaker: Andrew D. Weyman. Andrew D. Weyman began his career in New York City, directing many daytime dramas including “The Edge of Night,” “Search for Tomorrow,” “Another World,” and “As the World Turns.” He also spent several seasons at the O’Neill Theater Center working with playwrights to develop new projects for television. Mr. Weyman moved to Los Angeles in 1986 where he directed his first half-hour comedy, “Head of the Class.” Since then, he has directed many hit shows such as “Roseanne,” “Ellen,” “King of Queens” and “Two and a Half Men,” as well as many pilots that have been ordered to series. He has worked with such outstanding talents as Carol Burnett, Bette Midler, Tony Bennett, Bob Newhart, Phyllis Diller, Martin Short, Gregory Hines, Shelley Winters and Cloris Leachman. His credits include Executive Producer, Co-Executive Producer and Producer. He has won several industry awards including two Golden Globe® Awards for his work on “Roseanne” and “Cybill.” He is a graduate of Kingsborough Community College.
Contact: Ruby Ryles at (718) 368-5543
The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university with twenty three colleges and professional schools. These include eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 226,000 degree-credit students and 230,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 280 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. The University has launched an on-line baccalaureate degree through the School of Professional Studies, and a new Teacher Academy offering free tuition for highly motivated mathematics and science majors who seek teaching careers in the city.