|The 171st Graduate Commencement Ceremony|
|Thursday, May 17, 2012|
Manhattanville celebrated its 171st Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2012.
There were 404 Masters candidates from the School of Education, School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Master of Arts in Writing Program.
Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, Inc. (HCZ), was the commencement speaker. The Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), Inc. strives to advocate for education reform and help children in need living in the lesser economically developed areas of New York City. The New York Times Magazine said the Zone Project "combines educational, social and medical services."
Canada and Manhattanville Board of Trustee member Mark C. Davis received honorary degrees from the College.
In October 2005, Mr. Canada was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report. The work of Mr. Canada and HCZ has become a national model and has been featured on "60 Minutes," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," "CBS This Morning," "The Charlie Rose Show," and National Public Radio's "On Point."
Davis was honored for his long-time service and dedication to the College. Since 2003, he has been a tireless and generous member of the Board of Manhattanville College, having served as Vice Chairman from 2004-2011, and Chair of the Finance and Building and Grounds Committees.
Davis is a private investor and Co-Chair of Lank Acquisition Corp. Prior to forming Lank, Davis spent 20 years in a variety of senior investment banking positions. He holds an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business and a Bachelor's degree from Darthmouth College.