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Kingsborough Community College Commencement Speakers

Year

Keynote Speaker Valedictorian
1966
Albert H. Bowker, B.S., PH.d.,
Chanceller of the City University of New York
Angela Barconi
1967
The Honorable Gladys M. Dorman, B.A., M.A., LL.B.
Chairman, Kingsborough Community College In Mid Brooklyn
Martin Frimet
1968
 
Robert Stratton
1969
The Honorable Joseph Monserrat,
Member of the Interim Board of Education And National Director of the Migration Division of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor
Phyllis Jacobs
1970
Honorable Shirley Chisholm,
US Congresswoman
Sara Jahn
1971
None
Renata Bellu
1972
Timothy S. Healy,
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs City University of New York
Abby Bahl
1973
The Honorable Donald Halperi,
New York State Senator
Iris Silverman
1974
The Honorable Stephen J. Solar,
New York State Assemblyman
Florence V. Anderson
1975

Dale R. Corson,
President, Cornell University

Elena Kest
1976
Dr. Arthur Schlesinger,
Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities
The City University of New York
Adrienne Eisenberg
1977
Honorable Daniel P. Moynihan,
US Senator, New York
Margaret Pelkington
1978
Honorable Carol Bellamy,
President, City Council of New York
Maria Sclafani
1979
Dr. Frank J. Macchiarola
Chancellor, New York City Public Schools
Robert Midtlyng
1980
Dr. T. Edward Hollander,
Chancellor, Department of Higher Education State of New Jersey
Abe Squire
1981
Dr. Clifton R. Wharton,
Jr. Chancellor, State University of New York
Virginia Goodish
1982
Julius C.C. Edelstein,
Former Deputy Mayor Vice Chancellor for Urban Affairs The City University of New York
Melody A.Buonocore
1983
The Honorable Barbara Patton,
Kingsborough Graduate Member of the Assembly, 18th District
Estela Matta
1984
Joseph S. Murphy,
Chancellor The City University of New York
Loretta J. Belfiore
1985
Kitty Carlisle Hart,
Chairman, N.Y. State Council on the Arts
Donald Granger
1986
Sandra Feldman,
President, United Federation of Teachers
 Regina Walsh
1987
Dr. Edith Irby Jones,
Immediate-Past President National Medical Association
Jimmy Brandt
1988
Edward J. Cleary,
President, New York State AFL-CIO
Tracy Cloherty
1989
The Honorable Stan Lundine,
Lieutenant Governor, State of New York
Jeff M. Koinage
1990
Lee P. Brown,
Commissioner New York City Police Department
Mary Pagurelias
1991
Joseph R. Fernandez,
Chancellor New York City Public School System
Debra-Ann Serette
1992
The Honorable Peter F. Vallone,
Speaker and Majority Leader,
New York City Council
Helene Marker
1993
W. Haywood Burns,
Dean The City University of New York School of Law at Queens College
Janet Dibble
1994
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer,
Member of Congress, 10th District
Osborne K. Jack
1995
The Honorable William C. Thompson, Jr.,
Member, Board of Education of the
City of New York
Ning Gong
1996
Dr. Charles C. Edwards,
Class of 1975
Robert M. Levenson
1997
Priscilla Wooten,
Chair Higher Education Committee New York City Council
Russell Pearl
1998
Joyce Coppin,
Superintendent of Brooklyn High Schools
Sharon Daniel
1999
Honorable Anthony Weiner,
Member of the United States House of Representatives
Daisy Patrice Christian
2000
Mr. Kenneth Adams
Ms. President, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Tashi-Ann Coote
2001
John B. Manbeck,
The Brooklyn Borough Historian Professor Emeritus, Kingsborough Community College
Sharon Wiater
2002
Bernard B. Kerik,
Former Police Commissioner of the
City of New York
Patricia White
2003
Mr. Gaddi H. Vasquez,
Director of the Peace Corps
Iryna Onypchuk
2004
The Honorable Eliot Spitzer
Attorney General, State of New York
Eusi Skeete
2005 Calvin O. Butts, lll
President SUNY at Old Westbury
Michael Gaerman
2006 Jeff Koinange/ KCC Alumnus
CNN Correspondent, Africa
Kino Williams
2007 Andrew Weyman/ KCC Alumnus
Television Producer and Director
Helianne M. Duke
2008 Dr. Richard Maraia, KCC Alumnus Chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health Michael Blackman
2009 Dr. Jill Biden, Lifelong Educator and wife of the Vice President of the United States Raluca Toscano
2010 Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos Karen Stewart, Voiceover and Radio Personality, KCC Alum Sommer M. Goodman
2011 Rev. Alfonso Wyatt, VP, Fund for The City of New York Project Director, Jericho Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project for the Fund, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Twenty-First Century Foundation Carly Chin
2012 Matilda Cuomo, Founder, Mentoring USA and wife of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Nelli Sidorova

 

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