(New York, NY) New York State Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will address Marymount Manhattan graduates and their families at the College's 56th commencement ceremonies at 3 p.m. Friday, May 20th at Avery Fisher Hall. Senator Clinton will receive an honorary doctoral degree.
March 4, 2005
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton To Give MMC Commencement Address
"We are honored and thrilled that Senator Clinton will be addressing the Marymount Manhattan community," said President Judson R. Shaver. "Senator Clinton has worked diligently on behalf of New Yorkers and the nation, and with her record of service, I have no doubt that her message will inspire our graduates and their guests."
Also receiving honorary doctoral degrees will be Ron Chernow, political commentator and author of The New York Times bestseller, Alexander Hamilton, and James E. Buckman, Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Cendant Corporation.
Marymount Manhattan will grant approximately 430 Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees at the ceremony.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected U.S. Senator from New York in November of 2000. The only First Lady ever elected to the United States Senate, Senator Clinton has proven to be a strong advocate for New York, working in a bipartisan way to pass legislation, secure millions in appropriations and draw attention to issues that matter to people throughout New York State. Senator Clinton serves on the Senate Committees for Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and is the first New York Senator to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee. During the 108th Congress, Senator Clinton made homeland security, economic security, and national security her top priorities.
After the terrorist attacks of 2001, Senator Clinton worked hard to secure $21.4 billion in funding to assist clean up and recovery, to provide health tracking for first responders and volunteers at Ground Zero and to create grants for redevelopment. She has issued two studies that examined the disbursement of federal homeland security funds to local communities and first responders.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Senator Clinton is the daughter of Dorothy Rodham and the late Hugh Rodham. She grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois where she attended public school. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.
The Senator has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Claude Pepper Award of the National Association for Home Care, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Medal, the Servant of Justice Award of the New York City Legal Aid Society, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Public Spirit Award of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Shalom Chaver Award for International Leadership of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, and the Albert Shanker Award of the New York State United Teachers.
Senator Clinton's latest book, Living History, was released in June of 2003. Living History was an immediate best seller, selling more than 1.5 million copies in the United States and another 1.5 million copies abroad. She is also the author of It Takes a Village: and Other Lessons Children Teach Us, An Invitation to the White House, and Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids Letters to the First Pets.
An honors graduate of Yale and Cambridge, Ron Chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators on politics and business in America today. Fortune magazine has dubbed him "America's best business biographer."
His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award as the best non-fiction book of 1990. The Modern Library Board voted it one of the 100 best nonfiction books published in the 20th century. His second book, The Warburgs, won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for the best business book of 1993 and was cited by the American Library Association as one of the year's 10 best works.
In reviewing his 1997 collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, The New York Times called Chernow "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades." His 1998 biography of John D. Rockefeller, entitled Titan, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Both The New York Times and Time magazine voted it one of the ten best books of the year while The Times of London praised it as "one of the great American biographies."
A frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Chernow has appeared on Today, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, CBS Evening News, Charlie Rose, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, C-Span, CNN, Fox News Channel, CNBC, CNNfn, the History Channel, and National Public Radio, and has appeared in numerous documentaries.
His most recent book, Alexander Hamilton, is a New York Times bestseller and has received wide critical acclaim. The New York Times Book Review called it "moving and masterly" and "by far the best biography ever written about [Hamilton]."
James E. Buckman
James E. Buckman, vice chairman and general counsel of Cendant Corporation, oversees the company's legal activities. He was previously senior executive vice president and general counsel of Cendant's predecessor, HFS, Inc.
Before joining HFS in 1992, Buckman was a partner with the firm, Troutman, Sanders, Lockerman and Ashmore in Atlanta, where he focused on corporate finance matters. In addition, he has served as general counsel for Days Inns of America, Inc. and as assistant general counsel for Gable Industries, both of Atlanta. Prior to those roles, Buckman was an associate at Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Fordham University, Buckman attended Yale Law School where he received his LLB. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1969 and to the Georgia Bar in 1974. In addition, Buckman has served as a first lieutenant in the Connecticut Air National Guard, Georgia Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force Reserve.
Buckman is a member of the Cendant Corporation Board of Directors and of its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Fordham University and of Sheltering Arms Children's Services.