Press Release: The Graduate Center of The City University of New York Celebrates 38th Commencement Kenneth T. Jackson to Deliver Address NYC Police Officer to Receive Ph.D., Speak for Students

Thursday, May 30, 2002, 2 pm

Manhattan Center

311 West 34th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Speaker: Kenneth T. Jackson: President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences at Columbia University, and editor of the Encyclopedia of New York.

Graduates: 271 doctorates and 32 master's degrees to be awarded

Honorary doctorates:

Kenneth T. Jackson (see above)

Albert Bandura --- President of the American Psychological Association, David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University

Gloria Steinem --- feminist activist, co-founder of Ms. Magazine

Rachel Robinson--- wife of legendary baseball superstar Jackie Robinson and chairperson of the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation.

Student Speaker (see following for further background):

Vincent Henry is a New York City Police Officer who, well before September 11, wrote his dissertation on: "The Police Officer as Survivor: The Psychological Impact of Exposure to Death in Contemporary Urban Policing." He will be receiving his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.

Photo Op:

Mildred and Lynn and Schaefer, a mother and daughter, will both be receiving their doctorates. (see following for further background)


Vincent Henry...

is a police officer whose Ph.D. dissertation is titled "The Police Officer as Survivor: The Psychological Impact of Exposure to Death in Contemporary Urban Policing." Little realizing how relevant his topic would become, he actually completed it before 9/11, but soon he was watching his theories play out in reality. Oxford University Press will be publishing his dissertation, he has another book in the works, and back in 1989 he was the first American police officer to be awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He jokes that he is probably the first published author-Fulbright Fellow-Ph.D. to direct New York City traffic (a duty he has recently had to perform). A 19-year NYPD veteran, his father was on the police force, as were some of his cousins, uncles, and the parents of friends as he grew up. Now that he has his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, he intends to turn to a career in academia.

Mildred and Lynn Schaefer...

are a mother and daughter who both will be receiving their doctorates at the May 30 commencement. The mother, Mildred, will be receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology. A former prison teacher, her dissertation is titled "Factors Related to Outcomes of Drug Abuser Participation in a Prison Therapeutic Community." In addition to the normal daunting challenges of getting a Ph.D., daughter Lynn managed to complete her dissertation while coping with newly born twins. Her Ph.D. is in Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology, and her dissertation is titled: "Visual Selective Attention in Alzheimer's Disease: Effects of Physical Similarity, Density, and Target-to-Distractor Ratio in a Cancellation Task."

The Graduate Center...

is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,500 students in 31 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 30 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

According to a recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2002

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