Brooklyn, NY — New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 72nd Commencement Exercises on Monday, June 4, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at Jacob Javits Center North, 40th Street at 11th Avenue, Manhattan.
Delivering the commencement address is The Honorable Eric L. Adams, New York State Senator, 20th Senatorial District, and a 1984 graduate of the College.
Eric L. Adams, Commencement Speaker
On November 7, 2006, following a distinguished 22-year career in the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Eric L. Adams traded his blue uniform for a blue suit when the residents of the 20th Senatorial District elected him to the New York State Senate. He was re-elected in 2008. Senator Adams represents one of the most vibrantly diverse districts in all of New York, covering sections of Borough Park, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace.
As an NYPD captain, Senator Adams became well-known to New Yorkers as a tireless and thoughtful advocate for the people and communities he served, and he earned widespread praise for creating innovative programs on issues ranging from conflict resolution to child abuse prevention.
During the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions, he served as chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Finance, Judiciary, Banks, Consumer Protection, and Energy and Telecommunications committees.
Senator Adams is perhaps best known for his efforts to create a more symbiotic relationship between law enforcement and the city’s residents and visitors. His highly regarded instructional workshops, “What to Do When Stopped by the Police,” have helped thousands of young people throughout New York learn to interact with the police, using conflict resolution skills. These forums have been duplicated throughout the country.
Throughout his years in public service, Senator Adams has joined forces with hundreds of community groups and civic organizations to assist them on matters concerning public schools, urban economic development, fair and affordable housing, civil rights and political accountability.
In 1995, Senator Adams co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, a group comprised of law enforcement personnel and their supporters, to provide assistance and subsidies to community-based organizations in the city. He also is a former chairperson of the Grand Council for the Guardians and serves on the board of the Eastern District Counseling Service, an organization that assists former substance abusers to live productive lives without dependency on drugs or alcohol.
Senator Adams received his associate degree in data processing (now computer systems technology) from City Tech, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College. He is a proud product of New York City public schools and resides in Prospect Heights.
Technology teacher education major and Purple Heart Recipient Richard A. Fisher is the Class of 2012 Valedictorian. The Salutatorian (second in the class) is Keila Joann Jimenez, a hospitality management major.
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the College enrolls more than 16,000 students in 62 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs.