Alumnus Bertrand Joseph, Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairsof Antigua and Barbuda, to Address Lehman Class of 2008


Alumnus Bertrand JosephCollege Celebrates its 40th Commencement Exercises

Antiguan Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Bertrand Joseph B.A. ’85, M.A. ’91 will address more than 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students in the Lehman College Class of 2008 at the College’s 40th Commencement exercises on Thursday, May 29. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the South Field of Lehman’s Bronx campus and will be attended by family and friends of the graduates, who represent 135 nations, including the United States.

Minister Joseph, who will also receive the Alumni Achievement Award at the ceremony, earned a B.A. in political science and M.A. in U.S. history from Lehman. Prior to entering political office, he was a teacher in New York City, teaching Caribbean history and mathematics at Christ the King High School and global studies and Advanced Placement History at Lehman and Walton high schools. He also was a lecturer in U.S. history at Antigua State College, University of the West Indies.

Honorary doctorates will be awarded to Margaret K. Bruce, who joined the United Nations Human Rights Division in 1946 as it was being formed on the Lehman campus during the UN sessions held at the College; and Woodie King, Jr., B.A. ’96, founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre in New York City.

Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández will preside at the Commencement and will be joined on the podium by Rita DiMartino, a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees, and Glorianna D. Walters, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Human Resource Management. Another Lehman graduate, Monsignor Leslie Ivers’72, will officiate at the Baccalaureate Mass this year, which will be held the evening before Commencement.

Political Science and Philosophy double major Elias Alcántara will deliver the address on behalf of the graduating class. A member of the Lehman Scholars Program and president of student government, he plans to attend law school in 2009. Dr. Evelyn Ackerman, a member of the History Department since 1973, will receive this year’s “Teacher of the Year Award.” Dr. Ackerman is a key faculty member of the Lehman Scholars Program and is recognized by her students as a committed and motivating professor. Jack Henning of biological sciences will receive the “Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award.”

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