SJC Announces Commencement Speakers

BROOKLYN AND LONG ISLAND, NY – May 10, 2010 – St. Joseph’s College is pleased to welcome two distinguished speakers to its 91st annual commencement ceremonies:

  • Peter Barnett, community activist and professor will serve as the keynote speaker for the Long Island Campus ceremonies on Tuesday, June 1 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 3 p.m. Peter Barnett is the Executive Director of the Wyandanch Homes and Property Development Corporation as well as adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies. Mr. Barnett will also be receiving an honorary degree for all of his tireless work with the homeless of Long Island.

  • Dr. John Sexton, Ph.D., J.D., president of New York University will serve as the keynote speaker for the Brooklyn Campus exercises on Wednesday, June 2 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music at 11 a.m.

Peter J. Barnett joined St. Joseph’s College in 1983 as an adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies, and for over 25 years he has been incorporating community service into the religious studies curriculum. Before coming to St. Joseph’s, Mr. Barnett served as the director of religious education at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Shore, Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream and St. Margaret of Scotland in Selden. Along with his work in the classroom, Mr. Barnett has done extensive work with humanitarian organizations, particularly in helping the homeless on Long Island. He is also co-founder of the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless and appointee to the Suffolk County Legislature’s Welfare to Work Commission. His work has earned him significant accolades, including the Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, Newsday’s Everyday Hero Award and the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame.

Dr. John Sexton, Ph.D., J.D., the fifteenth president of New York University, is also the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and NYU Law School's dean emeritus. He joined the Law School's faculty in 1981, was named the School's dean in 1988, and was designated president in 2001. A highly respected legal scholar, President Sexton is author of the nation's leading casebook on Civil Procedure. He also is the author of Redefining the Supreme Court's Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court System (a treatment of the Supreme Court's case selection process) in addition to several other books, numerous chapters, articles and Supreme Court briefs. Dr. Sexton also serves as chair of the Independent Colleges and Universities of New York, chair of the New York Academy of Sciences, and vice chair of the American Council on Education.

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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