R5 Graduation!

Our handy guide to commencement ceremonies throughout the region

It’s mid-May and the April showers, true to the old saying, have brought May flowers.  And like lilacs, daisies, and daffodils that blossom throughout the county, so too are many of Westchester’s college seniors as they start their journey into adulthood (or, more likely, graduate school).  If you want to help send off some of the county’s best and brightest, or if you’re just interested in checking out some pretty cool commencement speeches, here’s the skinny on graduation celebrations around the area:


The College of Westchester

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Speaker: Harry Phillips III

Date: May 10th


The College of New Rochelle

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Speaker: Brother Rick Curry, founder and artistic director of the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped

Date: Thursday, May 24th 


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Location: Radio City Music Hall

Phone Number: (914) 654-5364


Concordia College

Speaker: Tommy John, former Major League Baseball pitcher

Date: Saturday, May 12th


Fordham University

Speaker: Willy Randolph, Manager of the New York Mets

Date: Saturday, May 19th


Location: O’Keefe Commons at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus

Phone Number: (718) 817-1000


Hudson Valley Community College

Speaker: Roberto M. Chiusano, former executive vice president and special assistant to the chief executive officer of the aviation and aeronautics company Rockwell Collins

Date: Saturday, May 19th


Location: Inside the college’s McDonough Sports Complex

Phone Number: (518) 629-HVCC


Iona College

Speaker: Bernie Williams, former outfielder for the New York Yankees

Date: Sunday, May 20th


Location: The Theatre at Madison Square Garden

Phone Number: (914) 633-2005


Manhattan College

Speaker: Jan Crawford Greenburg, legal correspondent for ABC News

Date: Sunday, May 20th


Location: Inside the school’s Draddy Gymnasium

Phone Number: (718) 862-7232


Manhattanville College

Speaker: Ted Turner

Date: May 12th


Marist College

Speaker: Kevin Klose

Date: Saturday, May 19th


Location: On the campus green

Phone Number: (845) 575-3250


Mercy College

Speaker: Francis Townsend, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and counter terrorism

Date: Wednesday, May 30th


Location: The Westchester County Center

Phone Number: 1-800-MERCY-NY


Monroe College

Speaker: New York State Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.

Date: Friday, June 8th


Location: The Westchester County Center

Phone Number: 1-800-55-MONROE


New York Medical College

Speaker: Jo Ivey Boufford, President of the New York Academy of Medicine

Date: Thursday, May 24th


Location: Carnegie Hall

Phone Number: (914) 594-4000


Pace University at Westchester

Speaker: Deirdre Imus, wife of Don Imus

Date: Monday, May 21st


Location:  The Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness, and Recreation Center on the Pleasantville campus

Phone Number: (914) 773-3111


Purchase College

Speaker: Joyce Randolph

Date: Friday, May 18th


Location: On campus on the West Lawn by the Performing Arts Center

Phone Number: (914) 251-6030


Sarah Lawrence College

Speaker: Alice M. Greenwald, director of the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum

Date: Friday, May 18th


Location: On the campus’s south lawn

Phone Number: (914) 337-0700


Westchester Community College

Speaker: Joyce Randolph

Date: Thursday, May 17th


Location: On the Westchester Community College Student Center Lawn.  In the event of Rain Westchester County Center at

Phone Number: (914) 606-6600


Vassar College

Speaker: Terry Gross, host of NPR’s weekday magazine program Fresh Air

Date: Sunday, May 27th


Location: On campus in the outdoor atrium

Phone Number: (845) 437-5370

Our Westchester Home Design Awards event is June 26!

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

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