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Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
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University Confers Degrees at 61st Commencement
Dr. John Brademas Addresses GraduatesTeaneck, NJ (May 17, 2004)—Today, more than 2,000 Fairleigh Dickinson University students received their degrees during Commencement ceremonies at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ. The graduates represent 46 countries, 23 states and every county in New Jersey.
New York University President Emeritus John Brademas received the first Global Education Achievement Award from Fairleigh Dickinson President J. Michael Adams. In presenting the award, Adams said, “The son of a Greek immigrant, you have long embraced your forbearers’ vision of a world without borders, advocating cultural exchange and discovery as an essential element of any education. During your 22 years as the U.S. Representative to Congress from Indiana’s Third district, you became known as one of the nation’s leading voices for the advancement of education. As the 13th president of New York University from 1981-1992, you created models of global education that are emulated still today. They include the establishment of several world-renowned centers dedicated to international teaching and research on countries, cultures and concerns abroad.”
In addressing the graduates, Dr. Brademas praised the leadership of Fairleigh Dickinson University and President Adams in advancing education about other countries in the world: “Fairleigh Dickinson’s commitment to global education is showing the way for other American colleges and universities.”
Said Dr. Brademas, “At a time when our world is freighted with conflict and turmoil, war and the threat of war, there is an indispensable role for institutions of learning and culture in forging the structures and processes of peace and stability.”
He added, “Among the reasons—not, of course, the only one—the United States has suffered so many serious setbacks in places like Vietnam, Iran and now Iraq, has been ignorance—ignorance of the cultures, languages and societies of these countries."
Dr. Brademas urged increased investment in international cultural and educational exchanges as well as in the study, on American college and university campuses, of other countries and cultures.
Honorary doctorates were conferred upon The Honorable Marie L. Garibaldi and Stephen Tumminello.
Garibaldi—the first woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court and as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association— received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. She retired from the court in 2000 and since has been elected to the boards of directors of Crown Holdings Inc. and the National Italian American Foundation. She also has served as 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.
Tuminello—who retired as president and chief executive officer of Philips Electronics North America Corp. in 1997—received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his commitment to excellence in his career, personal life, and relationship with his alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson. He worked on the task force that rebuilt the Alumni Association in the mid-1980s and was a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, as well as the Presidential Alumni Advisory Board and the President’s Council. In 1990, in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and his devotion to the university, he was awarded the Pinnacle, the highest award the university bestows on its alumni. In the same year, he was named to the board of trustees, and in 1996 he was appointed chairman of the board.
Graduating seniors Adam Bandelli of Toms River, N.J., and Elizabeth Ostenfield of Pleasantville, N.J., received Student Pinnacle Awards, which are given to a student on each FDU campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service, and commitment to the university. Ostenfield represents the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J., and Bandelli represents the College at Florham in Madison, N.J.