COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE TO GRADUATE CLASS OF 2006
Approximately 1,500 degrees will be conferred on May 25 at 11 a.m.
Commencement Exercises of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) will take
place Thursday, May 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Radio City Music Hall.
Approximately 1,500 degrees will be conferred at the event. As a
central part of its Commencement celebration this year, CNR is
launching a fundraising effort to assist in rebuilding efforts at Xavier University
in New Orleans,
which sustained extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Xavier are in many ways sister institutions. Like CNR, Xavier started
as a small liberal arts college founded by Catholic nuns to provide
college degrees to a population excluded from higher education,” said
Stephen J. Sweeny, Ph.D., president of CNR.
are many ways for Americans to support individuals affected by
Hurricane Katrina. We cannot personally meet all the needs of the
people of New Orleans,
as much as we might yearn to do so. However, we can make a real
difference in the future of one important part of this hurting city by
supporting Xavier in its time of need. We encourage the entire CNR
community and members of the public to join with the Class of 2006 in
making a generous financial contribution to the rebuilding efforts of
Commencement Address will be given by Dr. Norman C. Francis,
president of Xavier
The College will confer honorary degrees on Dr. Francis, Linda E. Kelly, Superintendent of
the City School District of New Rochelle, and Thomas E. Hales, CEO and Chairman of
U.S.B. Holding Co., Inc.
"Since CNR was founded in 1904, our
graduates have made valuable contributions throughout all segments of
society,” added Dr. Sweeny. “As we embark on our next 100 years
of achievement, we are confident that this year's graduates will
continue the fine tradition of service, integrity, and faith that CNR
graduates are known for.”
Norman C. Francis
African-American lay president of Xavier University, and the longest
university president in the U.S., Dr. Francis is nationally recognized
for his unwavering commitment to educational and social freedom and
equality, spiritual enlightenment and community service. Since he
became Xavier’s president in 1968, the university has more than tripled
its enrollment, broadened its curriculum, expanded its campus and
received national attention for its award-winning academic initiatives
Francis started his five decade-long association with Xavier when he
enrolled in the class of 1952. After graduating with his baccalaureate,
he became the first African-American to receive a law degree from
Loyola University Law School. Dr. Francis returned to his alma mater in
1955 to begin an illustrious administrative career which began as dean
of men and culminated in his current position as university
president. An advisor to five U.S. presidents, Dr. Francis has
also served on many of the country’s leading civil rights, educational,
civic and religious organizations. He holds 31 honorary degrees from
institutions of higher education.
current Superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle,
Linda E. Kelly has spent her entire forty-one year career committed to
educating the children of this city. During her 14-year tenure as
Superintendent, Ms. Kelly’s innovative and hands-on approach to
learning has catapulted the city’s education to national recognition.
The district earned a Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education
and a Newsweek Magazine study ranked New Rochelle High School in the
top 2 percent of the country’s high schools.
has published articles in a number of scholarly journals and magazines,
drawing on her personal experience and research to further the dialogue
in education on pressing issues of our times.
addition to serving as Superintendent of the district, Ms. Kelly’s
career has included teaching in the New Rochelle High School Social
Studies Department, serving as assistant to the Principal, and then
Associate Principal of the district. She assumed her current
position in 1992.
received her baccalaureate degree from Wellesley College, Master’s
degree at Columbia University Teachers’ College, and a certificate in
Supervision & Administration from Hunter College.
began his banking career in 1981 when he joined Union State Bank as
chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S.B. Holding
Co., Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Union State Bank. Under his
leadership, Union State has become one of the fastest growing
independent banks in New York State, with 28 branches throughout the
metropolitan area, over $3 billion in assets and more than 325
Hales leadership, Union State Bank -– via the U.S.B. Foundation --
donates annually to various charitable organizations throughout the
Hudson Valley region. Beneficiaries have included the Children’s
Hospital and Trauma Center at Westchester Medical Center, the Cancer
Care Center at Nyack Hospital, the Birthing Center at Good Samaritan
Hospital in Suffern, and the Emergency Department at Sound Shore
Medical Center in New Rochelle.
A cum laude graduate of Iona College
with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Mr. Hales also
completed his Master of Business Administration at Pace University and
became a New York State Certified Public Accountant.