SJC Announces Commencement Speakers

Commencement Ceremonies To Take Place May 26 and 29, 2009

BROOKLYN AND LONG ISLAND, N.Y – May 11, 2009 - St. Joseph’s College is pleased to welcome two distinguished speakers to its 93rd annual commencement ceremonies:

  • Congressman Tim Bishop, (D- Southampton) will be the keynote speaker at the Long Island Campus exercises on Tuesday, May 26 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m.

  • Dr. James Comer, M.D., M.P.H., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center, will be the keynote speaker for the Brooklyn Campus exercises on Friday, May 29 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music at 11 a.m.

In addition, St. Joseph's will present former New York State Senator Caesar Trunzo with an honorary Doctorate of Laws for his years of friendship and support to St. Joseph's at the Long Island ceremony.

Dr. James Comer, M.D., M.P.H., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center, will address the graduates from the Brooklyn Campus. A Yale faculty member since 1968, Dr. Comer has concentrated his career on promoting a focus in child development as a way of improving schools. He is best known for founding the Comer School Development Program in 1968, which promotes the collaboration of parents, educators, and community to improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes. Since its inception, his concept of teamwork has served to improve learning environments in more than 500 schools across America. In 2006, he received the John Hope Franklin Award, given to those who have demonstrated the highest commitment to access and excellence in American education.

Congressman Tim Bishop represents New York’s First Congressional District, which spans the eastern end of Long Island from Smithtown to Montauk Point. A lifelong Long Islander, he was first elected to Congress in 2002. Since then, Bishop’s focus has been to protect Long Island’s middle-class families, and his priorities in Congress include improving the economy, fighting for veterans, safeguarding the environment, strengthening access to education, and reforming health care. Congressman Bishop has built a solid reputation for leadership on issues related to education. He has been among the strongest advocates in Congress for college affordability, helping millions of students and families pay for college – and doing so at no new cost to taxpayers. For these efforts, Congressman Bishop was named the Times-Beacon newspapers’ “Man of the Year in Government,” citing his excellence in constituent service.

During his thirty-four years in the New York State Senate, Senator Caesar Trunzo provided strong leadership to his constituents and New York State. From the very beginning of his legislative career, Senator Trunzo was always one of St. Joseph’s most dedicated and loyal friends. He played a crucial role in the growth of the Long Island Campus by providing generous quantities of time and support for every major project undertaken. In his tenure as State Senator for the 3rd District, he obtained over $600,000 in funding from New York State for a wide range of projects at St. Joseph’s College.

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 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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