Access-A-Ride stop, CUNY keynote speakers

Access-A-Ride stop is here as S.O.F.E.D.U.P. (Student Organization For Every Disability United For Progress) the group that lobbied for it. On May 1, the New York City Transit and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) established a new stop for Access-A-Ride (AAR) vehicles directly in front of the Bedford Avenue entrance to Roosevelt Hall, located at 2946 Bedford Avenue. In the lobby at Roosevelt Hall is a closed-circuit television camera and monitor to see if the vehicle is there. There may be a shelter built. DOT plans to make improvements for more accessibility such installation of new signage, crosswalks, planters and roadway markings on Campus Road, widening of sidewalks between the east and west quads to make it easier for pedestrians to safely cross, while maintaining a travel lane and bike lane in each direction.

CUNY keynote speakers around CUNY: America’s first lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at City College; Chirlane McCray will address the graduating class of the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree; and Darren Walker will be the commencement speaker at Queens College. At Hunter College, Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group will speak. Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, who led the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup title in 1994, will receive an honorary degree at Lehman College.

At Brooklyn College’s master’s ceremony for its Murray Koppelman School of Business and School of Education, alumnus Howard Brandston, internationally renowned leader in theatrical, commercial, and artistic lighting design, will be the keynote speaker and receive an honorary doctorate; while Paul Beatty educator, humorist, and National Book Critics Circle fiction award winner for his novel, The Sellout, will speak and receive the Distinguished Alumnus award at Brooklyn’s master’s ceremony for its Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences; Natural and Behavioral Sciences; and Visual, Media and Performing Arts.

Meanwhile, alumna Deborah Poritz, former chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the first woman to hold that post, will be the main speaker and receive an honorary degree at Brooklyn’s baccalaureate ceremony; while Rhoda Jacobs of the Class of 1962, who was a New York State Assembly Member for 36 years, will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award; and alumnus Donald Kramer, former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn College Foundation, will receive the Presidential Medal of Honor. Medgar Evers College Keynote Speaker: Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator.  John Jay College of Criminal Justice Ceremony II: Speaker and Honorary Degree: Doctor of Letters:  Eve Ensler, the playwright of “The Vagina Monologues,” has used the fame from that award-winning work as a springboard for global activism in pursuit of gender justice and ending sexual violence. Ensler, whose literary output includes dozens of plays, books and films, used the experience of performing “The Vagina Monologues” to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day raises funds.

Lehman College: Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters: Mark Messier is one of the greatest National Hockey League players of all time. He won six Stanley Cups, including one with the New York Rangers in 1994, which ended a 54-year drought for the team. Messier, who played center, is second on the all-time career lists for regular season points, playoff points and regular season games played. After playing for 25 seasons (one of a handful of players to do so), Messier retired in 2005 and was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 2007. Hunter College: Speaker: Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of 15 books. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.


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