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Manhattanville College Announces Commencement 2014 Speakers

Manhattanville College will welcome Tony Award winning producer Gregory Rae as the keynote speaker at the 173rd Undergraduate Commencement, IBM Vice President John C. Shaw ’80 as the Graduate Commencement Speaker and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Chief of Staff Laura G. Santucci ’03 Baccalaureate and Honors Convocation Speaker.

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Gregory Rae, Tony Award winning producerGregory Rae, a Tony Award winning producer, will be coming to Manhattanville College on Saturday, May 17 to speak at the 173rd Undergraduate Commencement.

Rae’s theatrical credits include, “A Time To Kill,” “Kinky Boots” (2013 Tony Award), “Clybourne Park” (2012 Tony Award), “The Normal Heart” (2011 Tony Award), “Bare” (off-Broadway), and the new musical “Allegiance.” He has also executively produced several films, “The Goldfish,” “Clutter,” “The Muslims Are Coming,” and “Family Remains,” and has co-executively produced “The Green.” He joined Carl White as a partner in Martian Entertainment LLC, a theatrical producing and general management company, in 2013.

He earned a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College in 2000 and went on to work at Google as a software engineer until 2006. After Google, Rae got involved in politics working as a national leader of Living Liberally, and has advised several campaigns for marriage equality.  In 2008, he was technical lead for the No On Proposition 8 campaign in California, and in 2010 he served as treasurer of Fight Back New York, a political action committee targeted at three state senators who had voted against marriage equality.

Rae also serves on the board of Harvey Mudd College and The Tank, is a member of the National Leadership Council of Lambda Legal, and is an associate member of the Broadway League.

GraduateJohn Shaw, IBM Vice President

John C. Shaw ’80, IBM Vice President of Finance for the Western United States, is serving as this year’s Graduate Commencement Speaker on Thursday, May 15.

In his current role with IBM he works with the sales and distribution field sales organization to drive the integration of IBM’s portfolio of hardware, software and services to meet clients’ needs. Shaw has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients in multiple industries to leverage IBM’s capabilities to deal with evolving trends in Information Technology (IT) around big data, analytics, and enterprise transformation.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Manhattanville, Shaw completed his MBA in International Finance and Economics from NYU, and began working at Deloitte and Touche in Stamford, Connecticut. From there he moved on to IBM in the International Operations of the Americas Far East Group with finance positions serving IBM Canada and IBM Japan.

Shaw is active in community organizations and served as President of Leadership Champlain, a combined corporate outreach program which helps small businesses and non-profit organizations develop to serve the community.

Baccalaureate and Honors Convocation

Laura Santucci, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Chief of StaffLaura G. Santucci ’03, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Chief of Staff, will speak to the 2014 Baccalaureate and Honors Convocation honorees on Friday, May 16, and receive an Honorary Doctorate at the Undergraduate Commencement the next day.

Prior to being named as de Blasio’s Chief of Staff she worked as the Executive Director of his Transition Team. Santucci has also worked as the Acting Executive Director for the Democratic National Committee, a Special Assistant to the White House, and as Associate Director for Politics and Legislation for the 1119 SEIU.

While working towards her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Manhattanville, Santucci was a student coordinator for the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action. She was very involved in the Center’s anti-war and anti-racism programs.