April 18, 2014
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Jeh Charles Johnson, J.D. to Deliver Commencement Address

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Jeh Charles Johnson, J.D.

Adelphi University will confirm graduates at the associate, bachelor, master and doctoral levels during its 118th Commencement on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY.

Jeh Charles Johnson will deliver the Commencement address and be recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Jeh Charles Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013, as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the Department. As General Counsel of the Defense Department, Secretary Johnson oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of our nation’s counterterrorism policies, spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in 2009, and co-authored the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010.

DHS Secretary Jeh C. Johnson, visits tornado-torn Mayflower, Arkansas with former President Bill Clinton.

DHS Secretary Jeh C. Johnson, visits tornado-torn Mayflower, Arkansas.

Secretary Johnson’s career has included extensive service in national security, law enforcement and as an attorney in private corporate law practice. Secretary Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force from 1998 to 2001, and he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989 to 1991.

In private law practice, Secretary Johnson was a partner with the New York City-based law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. In 2004, Secretary Johnson was elected a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Secretary Johnson graduated from Morehouse College in 1979 and received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1982. He served on the Board of Trustees at Adelphi University from 2001 to 2005.

Former President, Bill Clinton and DHS Sec. Johnson discuss Arkansas disaster relief.

Former President, Bill Clinton and DHS Sec. Johnson discuss Arkansas disaster relief.

Additionally, Fabiola Milford, D.D.S., a dentist and clinical instructor in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and Edward Villella, a renowned ballet dancer, founder of the Miami City Ballet and currently a board member of the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. Ruth (Bronfman) Marcus ’64 will receive the Ruth S. Harley Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award at the Commencement ceremony.

For more information and the full day’s program, please contact Adelphi’s Commencement Office at (516) 877-4695 or visit

About Adelphi: A modern university with deep roots 

Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—AU Arts and Humanities, AU STEM and Social Sciences, AU Professions, and AU Health and Wellness.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi was one of the first coeducational institutions of higher education in New York State and is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 7,500 students from 38 states and 46 countries at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs around the state (New York City, the Hudson Valley and across Long Island) and online.

More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society, making their mark on the University and the world beyond.

Our history, location and commitment to student success and academic excellence define the Adelphi Advantage.

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