Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James will each deliver remarks to more than 2,500 graduating students, their families and friends at Kingsborough’s 52nd Commencement Exercises on Thursday, June 15, 2017. The program starts 11:00 AM at the College’s Manhattan Beach location.
Borough President Adams, has, for the past three decades, served the residents of Brooklyn as a police officer, state senator, and coalition builder. Elected in 2013, Borough President Adams has been an advocate for Brooklyn throughout his career, bringing people and communities together to create progressive change, and working with private and public sectors to invigorate the borough’s economy by encouraging job growth and investment in every neighborhood.
From 2006 to 2013, he represented the 20th Senate District, working on a broad range of issues from civil rights and public safety to transparency in government and quality of life. His legislative record in the New York State Senate underscored his strong commitment to the rights of every citizen, including protecting the right to privacy, supporting marriage equality, defending women’s right to choose, and fighting for the rights of students, workers, and animals.
As the second, highest-ranking elected official in the city, and the first woman of color to hold citywide office in New York City, Public Advocate Letitia James serves as a direct link between New Yorkers and their government, acts as a watchdog over city agencies, and investigates complaints about city services. Before becoming Public Advocate, she served from 2004 to 2013 as a member of the City Council fighting for paid sick leave and passage of the Safe Housing Act ensuring that families in rental buildings would receive prompt and full apartment repairs.
Public Advocate James is a strong advocate for criminal justice reform, led the push for police body cameras in the NYPD, and was among the first to call for special prosecutors in all cases of police misconduct.
About Kingsborough Community College
At Kingsborough, the community comes first, and as Brooklyn’s only community college, we promote student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving a highly diverse borough. Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into the workforce. Serving approximately 16,000 full- and part-time students annually in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education, Kingsborough also serves an additional 20,000 students in its expanding continuing education and workforce development programs on- and off-campus.
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