By the end of the commencement season, Touro College expects to have awarded over 6,000 doctor of philosophy, doctor of osteopathic medicine, juris doctor, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees in fields as wide-ranging as law, education, health sciences, and finance to the Class of 2005-2006.
Sunday, May 28 was the kick-off day for commencement ceremonies. At 6:30 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president of The George Washington University, addressed approximately 600 graduates and their families and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Dr. Trachtenberg, the 15th president of GW and a highly respected leader in higher education, spoke to students from five of Touro’s schools dedicated to enhancing Jewish heritage: Lander College for Men in Queens, Lander College for Women in Manhattan, Lander College for Arts & Sciences for Men and Women in Flatbush, the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and the School for Lifelong Education.
Dr. Trachtenberg, who is retiring as president to teach and write, said he will be paying back debts he owes by “paying forward” and urged graduates to do the same by helping others. He encouraged the students to act as “mentors, guides and friends without any expectation of recompense.” He also urged the graduates to “celebrate the exceptional opportunities available today and seize them.” Dr. Trachtenberg said Jews today are not being judged by their religion and ethnicity but by their character, talents and works. “No one…thinks it extraordinary or radical that GW has a president who happens to be Jewish,” he said, predicting that if his successor is a woman, she would be judged by her works, and not by her gender.
Also honored at the commencement was Mikhail Leibov, president of Corbina Telecom, Russia’s fifth largest independent telecommunications carrier and second largest broadband internet provider. Mr. Leibov, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, is chairman of the advisory board of Lander Institute Moscow, a branch campus of Touro College which, in 1991, became the first institution of American higher education to be accredited by the Russian Committee for Higher Education.
The celebration at Alice Tully followed closely on the heels of the commencement ceremony for the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, which began at 2 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Addressing over 200 students receiving juris doctor and master’s degrees was Nassau County District Attorney and alumna Kathleen Rice.
On Sunday, June 4, the School of General Studies of the New York School of Career and Applied Studies awarded 557 bachelor’s, associate and certificate degrees at a 2 p.m. ceremony at Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th Street, New York City. The guest speaker was Carla Harris, managing director, Global Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley. Ms. Harris recently was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America.” She is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.” As a result, Ms. Harris has funded the Carla Harris Scholarship Fund at Harvard University and at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The following day, June 5, at 6:30 p.m., NYSCAS’ Touro Computer Centers held its commencement at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., where 741 bachelor’s, associate and certificate degrees were awarded. The guest speaker was Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Also on June 4, in Vallejo, California, Touro University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine presented candidates for 109 doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees, and its College of Education awarded four master of arts degrees and 22 teaching credential certificates.
The School of Education and Psychology, Graduate Division held its commencement on Thursday, June 15th at 2 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. The guest speaker was Dr. Seymour Lachman, Distinguished Professor at Adelphi University. The School conferred 1,711 master’s degrees.
On Sunday, June 18 at 11 a.m., Machon L’Parnasa – Institute for Professional Studies held its commencement at The Renaissance, 5902 14th Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. The Institute awarded associate and certificate degrees to 55 students in accounting, human services, interdisciplinary studies, finance, management and marketing.
In July, Touro College Berlin expects to present candidates for 12 baccalaureate degrees in business and management, and in the fall, Lander Institute - Moscow expects to present candidates for 23 associate and baccalaureate degrees.
In the middle of the summer, on August 13, Touro University International in Cypress, California expects to present candidates for nearly 2,000 doctoral, master of arts, master of science, master of business administration, and baccalaureate degrees.
In the fall on September 14 at 4 p.m., the School of Health Sciences expects to confer doctorates, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees upon 324 students at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University.
Apologies to any programs holding ceremonies that were not included by deadline in the round-up above.
Congratulations to all the graduates and their families!