Fordham Law

Chancellor of NYC Public Schools to Speak at Graduation

May 11, 2009

Joel Klein, chancellor of New York City public schools, will give the graduation address and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Fordham Law School's 102nd graduation ceremony. Dean William Michael Treanor and Fordham University President Joseph McShane, S.J., will confer the J.D. and LL.M. degrees at the ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at the Wamu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

A native of Astoria, Queens, Mr. Klein received his early education in the public schools that he now leads. Following his graduation from William Cullen Bryant High School, he enrolled in Columbia College, from which he received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1967. In 1971, he received his Juris Doctor degree (again magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School.

Klein became chancellor in July 2002 after serving in the highest levels of government and business. He oversees more than 1,500 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees, and a $21 million operating budget. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called Klein "a true leader who never shies away from the tough and sometimes controversial decisions that are necessary to implement change."

At the ceremony, the Law School will also give awards for service and achievement, including the Eugene J. Keefe Award to George Kottas '09, the Teacher of the Year Award to Professor Sean Griffith, the inaugural Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award to Hon. Mark Dillon, and the Dean's Medal of Achievement to Professor Matthew Diller.

On Thursday, May 14, the Law School will hold its annual Dean's Reception honoring the class of 2009.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger