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Gretchen Johnson

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University's 61st Commencement on May 17

FDU Will Honor a Leader in Global Education, a New Jersey Supreme Court Justice, and the Contributions in Education and Business of an Alumnus

Teaneck, NJ (April 20, 2004) – Dr. John Brademas will address the more than 2,000 graduates at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 61st Commencement on May 17 at the Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, N.J.

At the 10 a.m. ceremonies, Brademas will receive the Global Education Achievement Award from University President J. Michael Adams. Dr. Brademas has been a powerful and persuasive voice in assuring educational access to students of every age, race and creed during his 22 years in the United States House of Representatives from Indiana.

In 1981, he took on the new challenge of the presidency of New York University and led the transition of NYU from a regional commuter institution to a national and international residential research university.

On the world stage, his influence and commitment to global education are as profound as his legacy in the United States. In awarding him an honorary degree last year, the University of Oxford described him as “a man of varied talents and extraordinary energy, the most practical of academics, the most scholarly of men of action.”

His international contributions range from membership in the U.S.-Japan Foundation, a Fellow of the National Academy of Education of Argentina, founder of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of NYU, trustee positions with the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and the International Council of the Central European University in Budapest. Dr. Brademas chaired the first Congressional delegation during the Carter Administration to visit the People’s Republic of China in 1977, and, in 1985 took part in the first Chinese-U.S. University Presidents’ Seminar in Beijing.

An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree will be conferred on The Honorable Marie L. Garibaldi, the first woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She also was the first woman to serve as President of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

In her honor, The American Inns of Court Foundation established the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Justice Garibaldi retired from the Court in 2000. Since her retirement she has been elected to the Board of Directors of Crown Holdings, Inc., the Board of Directors of The National Italian American Foundation, Assistant Secretary of the Board of Governors of Hackensack University Medical Center, Chair of the Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center, and a member of the New Jersey Council on Local Mandates.

Stephen C. Tumminello will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his commitment to excellence in his career, his personal life and his relationship with his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Tumminello was named to the Board of Trustees in 1990 and, from 1996-2003 served as chairman of the board.

In the business world, Tumminello was the first American to be appointed president and chief executive officer of Philips Electronics North America, the North American branch of Philips Electronics of The Netherlands. Philips’ units in the U.S., Canada and Mexico under his direct supervision employed more than 48,000 employees with annual sales of $7 billion and featured such brand products as Philips, Norelco and Magnavox. He retired as president and CEO in April, 1997.

Graduating seniors Elizabeth Ostenfeld, Pleasantville, N.J., and Adam Bandelli, Toms River, N.J., will address their classmates and receive Student Pinnacle Awards from the campus provosts. The Student Pinnacle Award is given to a student on each FDU campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the university. Ostenfeld represents the Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, N.J., and Bandelli the College at Florham, Madison, N.J.

Central to the ceremonies will be the awarding of 2,000 doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees. President Adams will preside.


For photographs and full background information on the three honorees, visit

Brademas Information Link

Garibaldi Information Link

Tumminello Information Link

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