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NEW YORK - Actor and comedian Bill Cosby will offer the commencement address to Fordham University graduates and their families, and will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts at Fordham's 156th Commencement, Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m., Rose Hill Campus. Cosby's acclaim as an actor and comedian is well known. What is not as well reported is his commitment to education and his ties to Fordham. In the 1970s, after enjoying great success as a television star, Cosby returned to school to earn a doctorate in education (Ed.D.). Later, turning even personal tragedy into an opportunity to educate, Cosby created the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation to honor the memory of his son who was killed in a roadside shooting in 1997. The Foundation trains kindergarten through second grade schoolteachers to effectively work with students who have reading difficulties. Fordham's Graduate School of Education was the first to receive a grant from the Foundation. The recipients of the 20 scholarships resulting from this grant will be recognized at Commencement. Also being awarded honorary degrees are Yankee announcer Bob Sheppard, honorary doctorate of rhetoric; Susan Taylor (FCLC'91), the senior vice president of Essence Communications Partners and the publication director of ESSENCE magazine, honorary doctorate of humane letters; Nicholas Scoppetta, New York City commissioner for the Administration for Children Services, honorary doctorate of laws; and Sister Ann Veronica Bivona, R.S.M., principal of St. Margaret Mary in the Bronx, honorary doctorate of humane letters. DATE: MAY 19, 2001 TIME: 1PM PLACE: FORDHAM UNIVERSITY ROSE HILL CAMPUS BRONX, N.Y. Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City’s Jesuit university. It has residential campuses in the north Bronx and Manhattan, a graduate center in Tarrytown and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y. 4/01

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