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Two Iona College Alumni to Receive Honorary Degrees

New Rochelle, NY (March 31, 2015)  Iona College alumni Edward V. Filardi ’65 and Patrick J. Martin, Ph.D., ’62 will receive honorary degrees during Iona’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16, in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Edward V. Filardi '65 and Patrick J. Martin, Ph.D. '62
Filardi also will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 graduate commencement ceremony, which begins at 3:30 p.m. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Filardi is a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, one of the largest law firms in the world, which provides a broad range of legal services to the corporate, industrial and financial communities.  He serves as co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and has extensive experience in patent, trade secret, unfair competition and antitrust-related matters, specifically regarding litigation and dispute resolution.  Filardi is a registered U.S. patent attorney with extensive jury trial and appellate experience and has litigated patent and other technology-related cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Martin, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree, is a retired business executive, co-founder of the Patrick J. Martin Foundation and generous benefactor to Iona students studying math or science who have been selected as Pat Martin Scholars. The Patrick J. Martin Foundation, created in 2005 by Patrick and Donna Martin, is a charitable foundation primarily focused on encouraging the study of math, science, and engineering at the college undergraduate level. In addition to providing scholarships, the foundation supports efforts in the arts, the environment and humanitarian needs.   

Martin worked as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Storage Technology Corporation prior to its acquisition by Sun Microsystems Inc. in 2005. Prior to joining StorageTek, Martin spent 23 years with Xerox Corp., where he honed his leadership skills as a corporate senior vice president, and president of the North American Solutions Group, Xerox's largest marketing operation with $8 billion in annual revenue. 

As announced previously, Dorothy H. Wickenden, executive editor of The New Yorker, will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 undergraduate commencement ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. She also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

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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, N.Y.

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