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Iona College Announces 2014 Keynote Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

New Rochelle, NY (April 23, 2014) – Iona College has announced the keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients for the 2014 undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies to be held at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 17.

This year’s undergraduate commencement keynote speaker will be the Archbishop of New York, His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, who will receive an honorary doctorate for public service.  Cardinal Dolan was named and installed as Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and appointed to the College of Cardinals in 2012.

The ceremony will also recognize Westchester Community College (WCC) President Joseph Hankin, Ph.D., who will receive an honorary doctorate in education. As the nation’s longest serving community college president, Dr. Hankin has lead WCC since 1971 and will retire after 42 years of leadership and service.  The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the graduate commencement will feature as speaker world-renowned poet and Iona alumnus Terence Winch ′67. Mr. Winch will be presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his numerous works that are included in more than 30 anthologies -- among them The Oxford Book of American Poetry and four Best American Poetry collections.

Students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the nomination process for commencement speakers and honorary degree candidates. Nominees must reflect the values and mission of Blessed Edmund Rice, the Irish Christian Brothers and Iona College. The committee, comprised of eight faculty members and two students, review the nominees to determine eligibility. Final recipients are selected by Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., and the Board of Trustees.

For more details on the nomination process, please visit: Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients nomination process.

For more about Iona’s commencement honorees biographies, please visit: Honorees Bios.

About Iona College:
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, NY.