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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 University

New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 38 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of EducationUniversity College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.

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