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Manhattanville College Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement and Baccalaureate 2012 Speakers
Thursday, 09 February 2012 11:54
Awarding-Winning Former CNN Journalist Kitty Pilgrim '76
Manhattanville College 2012 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

kitty pilgrim thumbPurchase, NY — Manhattanville College is pleased to announce Kitty Pilgrim, world-renowned, award-winning former CNN journalist and an author of popular fiction, as the keynote speaker for the College's 171th Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 11:00 am on the main campus quad.Kitty Pilgrim is a world-renowned, award-winning former CNN journalist and an author of popular fiction. She worked as a New York–based reporter and anchor at the CNN global network for 24 years reaching both domestic and international audiences. In addition Pilgrim hosted a variety of shows including her own morning show "Early Edition," and "Lou Dobbs Tonight."

She has had extensive experience reporting on terrorism and was part of the CNN team that worked to broadcast continuously from New York during the 9-11 attack. Also Pilgrim was the lead correspondent for domestic terrorism reporting in the Southeast Bureau of CNN during the Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic bombing in 1998, and subsequent hunt for fugitive Eric Rudolph.

In January 2000, Pilgrim was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations and was an active participant in the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Roundtable on Foreign Policy. She is a full member of the historic Explorer's Club of New York City, an organization dedicated to the advancement of field research. Using her reporting skills and knowledge of international affairs, Pilgrim writes romantic thrillers with an international flavor. In 2010, Pilgrim signed a two-book deal with New York publisher Charles Scribner's Sons.


Named as one of "America's Best Leaders" and Founder of the Harlem Children's Zone Project, Geoffrey Canada
Graduate Commencement Speaker


Geoffrey Canada thumbGeoffrey Canada founded the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) Project, which 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." 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."

Mr. Canada has written two books drawn from his own experience and the Harlem Children's Zone. Mr. Canada received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a Master's in Education from the Harvard School of Education. After graduating from Harvard, Mr. Canada decided to work to help children who, like himself, were disadvantaged by their lives in poor, embattled neighborhoods.

Trustee and Philanthropic Advisor to Rockefeller Family, Elizabeth McCormack '44

Baccalaureate and Honors Convocation Speaker

McCormack thumbAlumna and Trustee Elizabeth McCormack served as the College's academic dean from 1962 to 1966 and as president from 1966 to 1974, during which time the College transitioned from a Catholic women's institution to a nondenominational, coeducational institution.

McCormack is a PhilanthropicAdvisor to members of the Rockefeller family, having formerly directed the Rockefeller Philanthropy office. She currently serves on the boards of the Population Council, The Juilliard School, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Hamilton College. McCormack also is a member of the Council on Foreign relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Century Association.

The Elizabeth J. McCormack Scholarship Program at Manhattanville, established in her honor, is committed to empowering students to develop themselves as critical thinkers, compassionate citizens, and engaged participants in local and world affairs.




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