Andrew Weyman, Television Director and Alumnus, to Deliver Kingsborough Commencement Address

Andrew Weyman, Television Director/Producer and Alumnus,
to Deliver Kingsborough Commencement Address

Weyman to receive the President’s Medal
Helianne Duke is Valedictorian

Brooklyn, NY June 4 — Kingsborough Community College president, Dr. Regina Peruggi, today announced that Andrew Weyman, television director/producer and alumnus, will deliver the address at the 42nd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Weyman will also receive the President’s Medal. The commencement ceremony will be held Friday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m., in the Kingsborough graduation tent, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. Brooklyn, N.Y.

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 including “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.”

“I am very pleased that Andrew Weyman, a 1971 graduate, will return to his alma mater to deliver our commencement address this year,” said Dr. Peruggi. “He is a powerful example for our graduates and students of the success that can be achieved with a Kingsborough degree and a determination to excel.”

The Class of 2007 Valedictorian is Helianne Duke, 34, wife and mother of six children. She came to the United States from the village of Charlotteville, on the island of Tobago, in 1989, at the age of 16. She will receive an A.S. in Education Studies and is graduating with a 4.00 Grade Point Average (GPA). She is an Honor student, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and has been on the Dean’s List for the past three semesters. Following graduation, she plans to attend the New York University Steinhardt School of Education.

In April, Ms. Duke was selected to attend the prestigious Salzburg Seminar’s Global Citizenship program in Salzburg, Austria and, during the past year, served as an intern in United States Senator Hillary Clinton’s New York City office. She was also chosen to participate in the CUNY Women’s Public Leadership Program. Due to her academic excellence, leadership and service, Ms. Duke was named a 2007 All-New York State Academic Team member and honored in an Award Ceremony in Albany in April 2007.

She is president of the Student Public and Health Council and vice president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. She is the recipient of the Student Activities Gold Key Award for out-standing leadership and service, Kingsborough’s Wave Scholarship and the CUNY’s Student Leadership Award.

About Kingsborough Community College President’s Medal:

The Kingsborough Community College President’s Medal is awarded for service to the college and the community as well as scholarly distinction. Among the past recipients are Jeff Koinange, CNN correspondent and alumnus, Otis Hill, former vice chancellor for CUNY, Bob Catell, chairman and CEO, Keyspan Corporation, Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, III, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church and president of SUNY College at Old Westbury.

About Kingsborough Community College:

Kingsborough Community College, one of the top ten community colleges in the country, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn. It was founded in 1963 and serves approximately thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts and career education, as well as a number of specialized programs. The breathtaking Kingsborough Community College campus overlooks three bodies of water: Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Kingsborough serves a widely diverse student population and ranks among the top community colleges in the country in associate degrees awarded to minority students.

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Contact: Ruby Ryles
Kingsborough Community College