Medgar Evers College to Celebrate Fortieth Commencement Ceremony on June 4, 2011; Thomas N. Todd to Provide Keynote Address

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York is proud to announce its Fortieth Commencement ceremony. The event will be held at the Bedford Building Amphitheatre (1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn) and begin at 10:00 a.m.

“This year marks forty years of Medgar Evers College providing educational opportunities to Central Brooklyn,” said Dr. William L. Pollard, President of Medgar Evers College. “And on our fortieth anniversary, it brings us a special joy and pride to graduate the next generation of leaders and decision makers.”

This academic capstone ceremony will feature a keynote address from noted activist, attorney and dynamic speaker Thomas N. Todd. Todd has served as a lawyer in the U.S. Army, was on staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois and established the first Civil Rights Office in a local U.S. Attorney’s Office. He also served as the first full-time African-American law professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and has been admitted to practice law before many courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. A powerful spokesman for civil rights, Todd was president of the Chicago chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1971 and president of Operation PUSH from 1983 to 1984. He is also the recipient of more than 500 awards and honorary degrees.

“Thomas Todd is a powerful speaker who will be able to provide our graduating students with considerable insight and advice,” said Dr. Howard C. Johnson, Senior Vice President and Provost of Medgar Evers College. “I greatly look forward to this year’s Commencement event, and know that our new graduates will go forth and make their parents, communities, and themselves proud.”

The event, a time of pomp and circumstance, is an important milestone that recognizes the dedication and hard work of the graduates as well as those friends and family members who supported them on their journey towards a degree.

More information will be available on the College’s website shortly.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.