In Memoriam: Derrick Griffith (Ph.D. 2015, Urban Education)

The Graduate Center - Office of the President

May 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Derrick GriffithI was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Derrick Griffith, a 2015 graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, who was among those killed Tuesday in the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. Derrick was to walk in the Graduate Center's Commencement ceremony in two weeks. He was 42 years old.

Few embodied so emphatically a commitment to education. As Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management for Medgar Evers College, Derrick played a major role in the lives of many hundreds of students. It was a responsibility he embraced throughout his career, from serving as a school principal to founding the CUNY Preparatory Transitional High School in 2003. Today, the program continues to create paths to college for out-of-school youth.

To his colleagues at the Graduate Center, Derrick was an outstanding scholar known for his easy smile and demeanor. We will be honoring him and his accomplishments at Commencement on Wednesday, May 27.

On behalf of our entire community, especially the Urban Education program, I offer heartfelt sympathy to Derrick's family, friends, and his colleagues and students at Medgar Evers. Please join me in remembering him and acknowledging our loss.


Chase F. Robinson Signature

Chase F. Robinson

Submitted on: MAY 14, 2015

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