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Fordham Announces Honorary Degree Recipients

Contact: Victor M. Inzunza
(212) 636-7576

Fordham University will confer honorary degrees to a television executive, an archbishop, the president of the New York Stock Exchange, a former justice on the South African Constitutional Court and the longtime general manager of the Metropolitan Opera at its 162nd Commencement on Saturday, May 19, on the Rose Hill campus. The University will also award an honorary degree to New York Mets manager Willie Randolph, who will deliver the keynote address to the Class of 2007.

In addition to Randolph, the other honorary degree recipients are: William F. Baker, chief executive officer of Educational Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of Thirteen/WNET New York and WLIW21 New York; John L. Damonti, M.S.W. (GSS ’85), president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and vice president of corporate philanthropy at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Richard Goldstone, LL.B., former justice of the South African Constitutional Court; Catherine R. Kinney, president and co-chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE); His Excellency Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; and Joseph Volpe, senior vice president of Giuliani Partners LLC and former general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

William F. Baker has been at the head of the Educational Broadcasting Company since 1987. Under his leadership, Thirteen created the The Charlie Rose Show discussion program, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, and the Peabody and Emmy award-winning local series City Arts and City Life. An author and lecturer, he is a well-known advocate for the educational potential of television.

John L. Damonti, GSS ’85, has more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of health policy, community relations and philanthropy. He has been at Bristol-Myers Squibb since 1999, where he leads a major initiative known as Secure the Future, which is the largest corporate commitment of its kinds to address issues related to HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Richard Goldstone served on the South African Constitutional Court from 1994 to 2003 and in the early 1990s chaired South Africa’s Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation, which helped undermine the system of apartheid. He also served as the first chief prosecutor of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Catherine R. Kinney
oversees the New York Stock Exchange’s relationship with member firms and institutions, as well as its listings business and market operations. Kinney joined the NYSE in 1974 and rose through the ranks, holding management positions in several divisions. She is a member of the boards of the NYSE Foundation, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Georgetown University, U.S. India Business Council and Catholic Charities.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore
was nominated Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations by Pope John Paul II in 2002. Since his ordination in 1977, he has served the Vatican in Africa, Europe and traveled widely throughout Asia, and has championed the global fight against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, advocated for workers’ rights and people with AIDS, and campaigned against poverty.

Willie Randolph was hired as manager of the Mets in 2004 after an accomplished playing and coaching career. In 2006, he guided the Mets to a league-best 97-65 record and the National League East Division title. As a player with the New York Yankees, he was part of teams that won two World Series championships and was on the coaching staff of teams that won four more. His daughter, Ciara, a Fordham College at Rose Hill senior, will be among the graduates in May.

Joseph Volpe spent 42 years at the Metropolitan Opera, the last 16 as its general manager. His tenure as general manager is the third longest in the Met’s 124-year history, and he has the distinction of being the only person to have risen through the company’s ranks to its highest executive post. Volpe greatly expanded the Met’s international touring activities and conceived “Met Titles,” a unique system that provides title screens for audience members. He is the author of a memoir, The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolitan Opera (Knopf, 2006).

The following colleges and schools will have featured speakers at their diploma ceremonies:

Marymount College of Fordham University
Speaker: Carolyn Dolan (MC ’68), founding principal at Samson Capital Advisors
Date: Sunday, May 20
Time: 10 a.m.
Place:  Kenny Field, Marymount College, Tarrytown, N.Y.

Graduate School of Business Administration
Speaker: Catherine R. Kinney, president and co-chief operating officer, New York Stock Exchange
Date:  Saturday, May 19
Time:  6 p.m.
Place: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y.

School of Law
Speaker: Richard Goldstone, LL.B., former justice of the South African Constitutional Court
Date:  Sunday, May 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y.

Graduate School of Social Service
Speaker: John L. Damonti, (GSS ’85), M.S.W., president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y.

Details are available on Fordham’s commencement website.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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