Manhattan College will award close to 700 degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its five schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science at its 167th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 17. Students who completed their studies in September 2008, February 2009 and May 2009 will participate in the ceremony in the College’s Draddy Gymnasium.
During the ceremony, Br. Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C., who will step down as president of Manhattan College later this year, will receive an honorary Doctor of Education. Ray Kelly ’63, commissioner of the New York City Police Department, will deliver the keynote address.
Scanlan, the College’s 18th and longest-tenured president, was inaugurated on October 29, 1987. Under his leadership, Manhattan College has undergone a transformation that has it currently recognized as one of the premier Catholic institutions of higher education in the nation. His presidency has allowed Manhattan to meet the increasing demands of education in the 21st century.
During his time in office, the College has seen a 120 percent increase in applications and a 100-point increase in SAT scores while achieving accreditations by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Five-year programs have been added in education and engineering, and a new major in computer engineering has been included in the curriculum.
Manhattan College has raised more than $225 million in two capital campaigns during the past two decades, and the endowment has increased tenfold. A second new residence hall will be completed later this year, with Horan and its new twin, East Hill Residence Hall, housing 1,250 students.
Kelly is the first person to hold the post of NYC police commissioner twice in his career. He was formerly senior managing director, global corporate security, at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Before that, he served as commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, where he managed the agency’s 20,000 employees and $20 billion in annual revenue.
From 1996-98, Kelly was Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he supervised the department’s enforcement bureaus, including the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and Office of Foreign Assets Control.
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