Suffolk University to Award Nine Honorary Degrees

5/17/2006

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BOSTON -- Former New York Mayor Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani, Chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners, and David Gergen, editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report, will be the speakers as Suffolk University awards nine honorary degrees at its commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2006, at the Bank of America Pavilion on Boston's waterfront. ( The Law School ceremonies will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School ceremonies will be held at 2:00 p.m.)

During his two terms as mayor of New York, Giuliani implemented law enforcement strategies that have become models for cities around the world, and New York's overall crime rate fell 65 percent and its murder rate was cut by 70 percent. Giuliani also is credited with moving 640,000 individuals from the city's welfare rolls through one of the country's most successful welfare-to-work programs and with enacting more than $2.5 billion in tax reductions. His leadership after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center led to his being named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2001. After leaving office in January 2002, he formed Giuliani Partners, a professional services firm that focuses on emergency preparedness, public safety, leadership during crisis, corporate governance and financial management. In 2005, he became a name partner in the international law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani. Giuliani will receive the honorary doctor of laws degree at the morning Law School ceremonies.

David Gergen has been a commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents for 30 years. He was communications director for President Reagan, held positions in the Nixon and Ford administrations, and served as an adviser on foreign policy and domestic affairs in the Clinton administration. Gergen is now editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and a regular television commentator. He also is a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of its Center for Public Leadership. In 2000 he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. From 1984 to 1993, Gergen worked mostly as a journalist. He saw record gains in circulation and advertising as editor of U.S. News and for five years teamed with Mark Shields for weekly political commentary on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He will receive the honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the afternoon ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

The following honorees will join Giuliani in receiving honorary degrees from the Law School:

  • Helaine M. Barnett, President of Legal Services Corporation, honorary doctor of laws degree.

  • The Honorable William Delahunt, United States Representative, Tenth Congressional District, honorary doctor of laws degree.

  • The Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpi, United States Magistrate Judge, District of Puerto Rico, honorary doctor of laws degree.

The following honorees will join David Gergen (honorary doctor of humane letters) in receiving honorary doctoral degrees at the afternoon commencement:

  • Dr. Donald Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., F.R.C.P, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, honorary doctor of science degree.

  • Edward F. DeGraan, vice chairman, Global Gillette, honorary doctor of commercial science degree.

  • Alan Khazei, chief executive officer and co-founder, City Year, honorary doctor of public service degree.

  • Linda Whitlock, Nicholas President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, honorary doctor of public service degree.

On Saturday, May 20, Suffolk University's Graduate Schools ( Sawyer Business School and the College of Arts and Sciences) ceremonies will take place. Mr. Alan Khazei will address the Sawyer School of Business graduate students at 10:00 a.m., Sheraton Boston, Grand Ballroom, 39 Dalton Street, Boston. Dr. Donald Berwick will address the College of Arts and Sciences graduate students at 1:00 p.m., Boston Park Plaza, 64 Arlington Street, Boston. Both Khazei and Berwick will be awarded honorary degrees at the afternoon undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21.

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal ( Africa ), is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 8,300 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

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