BROOKLYN AND LONG ISLAND, NY – May 8, 2012 – St. Joseph’s College is pleased to welcome two distinguished speakers to its 93rd annual commencement ceremonies:
• Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA will serve as the keynote speaker for the Brooklyn Campus exercises on Sunday, May 20 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge at 11 a.m. and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
• Theresa A. Regnante, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Long Island will serve as the keynote speaker for the Long Island Campus ceremonies on Tuesday, May 29, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 3 p.m. and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Suzanne Nossel assumed her role as executive director of Amnesty International USA in January 2012, after a successful career as deputy assistant secretary for international organizations at the U.S. Department of State, where she was responsible for multilateral human rights, humanitarian affairs, women’s issues, public diplomacy, press and congressional relations. She led the nation’s engagement in the United Nations Human Rights Council, resolving human rights issues on Iran, Syria, Libya, Cote d’Ivoire, freedom of association and freedom of expression, and led the first U.N. resolution on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Nossel is the author of “Smart Power,” an article in Foreign Affairs magazine that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a defining feature of U.S. foreign policy. She has also authored Presumed Equal: What America’s Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms and founded the blog DemocracyArsenal.org. Nossel received her J.D. degree and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School; she earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Theresa A. Regnante became the president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Long Island in May 2009. During her tenure, she has developed strong community partnerships throughout Long Island and has expanded the organization’s fundraising efforts with a revenue growth of over 43 percent. Regnante also secured $1.5 million in government, corporate and private grants to create a workforce training center for the unemployed and underemployed of Long Island. In 2011, she received the Long Island Federation of Labor’s Leadership Award for her efforts in advocating for Long Island families, and was honored by the Child Care Council of Suffolk County for her support of quality child care in society. Regnante was twice named as one of the “Top 50 Women in Business” by Long Island Business News.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.