On May 18, 2012, 363 graduates participated in Marymount Manhattan College’s 63rd Commencement Exercises at the New York City Center.
Commencement featured the traditional procession of faculty, administrators and graduates. The ceremony was led by David Podell, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Remarks were presented by President Judson R. Shaver Ph.D., and Chairman of the Board of Trustees James E. Buckman. Chaplain Christine Vinciguerra, Ph.D., delivered the invocation and Rabbi Philip Hiat presented the benediction.
Rocco Landesman, Ph.D., the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), delivered the 2012 Commencement Speech. Valedictorian Jessica Summers ’12, communication arts major, and senior class speaker Robert Torres ’12, theatre arts major, addressed their classmates during the ceremony. Theatre arts major Emmy Raver-Lampman ’12 performed “I Was Here.”
Marymount Manhattan College presented an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to human rights advocate Sheila Barry Tacon ’56, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to photojournalist and humanitarian Ruth Gruber, Ph.D., and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to devoted faculty and staff member Peter H. Baker.
President Judson R. Shaver, Ph.D., addresses graduates and the audience at the 63rd Commencement Exercises.
Valedictorian Jessica Summers ’12
Honorary degree recipient Ruth Gruber, Ph.D.
Faith "Liz" Ball ’12 (center) received the Alumni Association Medal.
Cecilia Pérez-Homar ’12 received the Raymunde McKay Award.
Rocco Landesman, Ph.D., chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Carly Marie Schneider ’12 received the Trustees’ Award.
Senior class speaker Robert Torres ’12
Emmy Raver-Lampman ’12
President Shaver presented Peter H. Baker with an honorary degree.
Shawn Jenkins ’12 received the Rowley Founder’s Medal.
Jessica Zambrotta ’12 received the MMC Crest.
Honorary degree recipient Sheila Barry Tacon ’56