• Jeff Glor, Bill Bratton, and Rikki Klieman to Address Graduates

5/4/2011

CBS newsman Jeff Glor will speak to undergraduates, and William “Bill” Bratton, a security expert who has led the nation’s largest police departments, and his wife, television personality and trial attorney Rikki Klieman, will speak to Law School graduates as more than 2,400 students receive degrees at Suffolk University commencement exercises on May 21 and 22, 2011.

Bratton distinguished himself as a law enforcement leader as chief of the Los Angeles Police and commissioner of the New York and Boston police departments. He now is the chairman of Kroll, a division of the private international security firm Altegrity, Inc. Bratton began his law enforcement career as an officer on the Boston force after serving with the Army in Vietnam. He is the author of the critically acclaimed autobiography Turnaround.

Klieman’s broad range of experience has brought her to television journalism, the courtroom, academia and public speaking. She was an anchor at the Courtroom Television Network and a legal analyst for the CBS “Early Show,” the NBC “Today Show” and the E! Network. She remains of counsel to the law firm of Klieman & Lyons in Boston, where she specialized in criminal trial, appellate practice and civil litigation. Klieman’s autobiography, Fairy Tales Can Come True – How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny, reached the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List.

Klieman and Bratton will speak at the Law School ceremonies, which will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Boston Convention Center.

Glor, a onetime WHDH-Boston television reporter who now is news anchor for "The Early Show" on CBS, will speak at College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School undergraduate ceremonies. As a CBS News national correspondent, Glor has covered events ranging from the earthquake in Haiti to the Beijing Olympic Games. He was embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq and covered the 2008 presidential election. Glor will speak at the undergraduate commencement, which will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Boston Convention Center.

Peter H. Smyth, chairman and chief executive officer of Greater Media, Inc., will speak at the Sawyer Business School graduate student commencement at 9: 30 a.m. Saturday May 21, at the Westin Copley Hotel. Smyth oversees a leading broadcasting company that includes 23 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Radio Inc. magazine selected Smyth as “America’s Best Broadcaster” in 2005 and “Radio Executive of the Year” in 2007.

Economist and lawyer Joaquín Almunia of Spain, a vice president of the European Commission, the EU Executive branch, who is responsible for Competition Policy, will be the speaker at the College of Arts and Sciences graduate student commencement beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday May 21, at the Westin Copley Hotel. He is a former member of the Spanish Parliament who served as minister for Labor and Social Security and minister of Public Administration. Almunia ran for prime minister in 2000 as leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party.

Honorary Degrees

The Law School will award the following honorary degrees:

  • Bratton, honorary Doctor of Laws
  • Klieman, honorary Doctor of Laws 
  • David Z. Chesnoff, Esquire, Goodman and Chesnoff, honorary Doctor of Laws
  • The Honorable John E. Fenton, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law and former dean of Suffolk Law School, retired Chief Administrative Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court, honorary Doctor of Laws
  • The Honorable Therese Murray, president of the Senate of the Commonwealth, honorary Doctor of Laws

The College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School will award the following honorary degrees:

  • Glor, honorary Doctor of Journalism
  • Smyth, honorary Doctor of Commerce
  • Almunia, honorary Doctor of Economics
  • Joseph Corcoran, chairman, Corcoran Jennison Companies, honorary Doctor of Business Administration
  • Jeanette G. Clough, president and CEO, Mount Auburn Hospital, honorary Doctor of Business Administration
  • Marshall M. Sloane, chairman of the board, Century Bank, honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Statistics

  • College of Arts and Sciences bachelor’s degree candidates: 782
  • College master’s degree and doctoral candidates: 276
  • Sawyer Business School bachelor’s degree candidates: 521
  • Business School master’s degree candidates: 410
  • Law School to confer 455 juris doctor, 21 master of laws degrees

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