Business leaders, educators, authors, actors, and government officials this month are coming to New York City’s public schools to congratulate and offer words of wisdom to the graduates of 2012.
Here is a list that highlights some of the graduation keynote speakers by date of the graduation and school:
Mekbib Gemeda, the Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs and Community Health and the Director of the Center for the Health of the African Diaspora at New York University School of Medicine – The Salk School of Science.
Dr. Pedro Noguera, urban sociologist at New York University – West Brooklyn Community High School.
Salvatore Cassano, FDNY Commissioner – FDNY High School.
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of Eighth Grade Superzero – Wagner Middle School in Manhattan.
Jeannette Bayardelle, Broadway actress – MS 296 in the Bronx.
Telly Leung, Broadway actor and alumnus – Stuyvesant High School.
Johanna Sambucini, Miss New York State – Fort Hamilton High School.
Brooklyn Congressman Ed Towns – Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School
Dr. Christopher Emdin, Teachers College of Columbia University – The Bushwick School for Social Justice.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony award-winner for In the Heights – Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School.
Dr. Umar Abdulla-Johnson, psychologist and radio personality – George Westinghouse High School.
Anita Sabatino, IBM managing director – Port Richmond High School.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium – Manhattan Night + Day School.
Steve Madden, shoe designer – Harry S. Truman High School.
State Sen. Eric Adams – ACORN Community High School.
Keynote addresses by Department of Education officials:
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott – P176 in the Bronx, June 19; PS 35 on Staten Island, June 20, Young Women’s Leadership School in Manhattan, June 20; PS 216 in Brooklyn and MS 302 in the Bronx, both on June 21; Harlem Children’s Zone/Promise Academy, June 22; Brooklyn Latin, June 22; Preparatory Academy for Writers, June 23; Ralph McKee Career and Technical Education High School, June 25; Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, June 25; Newcomers High School, June 25; Academy of Innovative Technology, June 25; East River Academy in Queens, June 26; GED Plus, June 26; Truman High School, June 27; and Pathways Preparatory School in Queens, June 28.
Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky – Mark Twain for the Gifted and Talented, June 19; Wildcat Academy and English Language Learners and International Support (ELLIS) Preparatory Academy, both on June 26.
Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm – Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, June 22; World Academy for Total Community Health High School, June 26.
Deputy Chancellor Dr. Dorita P. Gibson – Mark Twain for the Gifted and Talented, June 19; Bell Academy in Queens, June 22; Passages Academy in the Bronx, June 25; Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School on Staten Island, June 25; and East River Academy in Queens, June 26.
For the Class of 2012, there are approximately 350 valedictorians. Of these students, 67 percent are female, 48 percent speak a language other than English at home and 65 percent are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.