WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY TO HOLD COMMENCEMENT
ON MAY 20
— Eileen Scott, CEO of Pathmark Stores, Inc. and a 1976 graduate
of William Paterson, to give commencement address
—Sr. Patricia Daly, social justice activist, and George Tice,
internationally acclaimed photographer, to receive honorary degrees
William Paterson University in Wayne will hold its 177th commencement
on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. on Wightman Field on campus.
The rain date is Wednesday, May 21, also at 10:30 a.m.
A total of 1,015 students are scheduled to receive degrees. Bachelor’s
degrees will be conferred upon 821 undergraduates; 194 students
will receive master’s degrees. All graduates will have completed
their degree requirements as of May, 2003.
Eileen Scott, the chief executive officer of Pathmark Stores, Inc.
and a 1976 graduate of William Paterson, will be awarded the President’s
Medal. Scott, who joined Pathmark in 1969 as a cashier and was named
CEO last October, will deliver the commencement address. George
Tice, an internationally known photographer, will receive an honorary
doctor of humane letters degree. Sr. Patricia A. Daly, executive
director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment,
will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree.
President Arnold Speert will address the graduating class along
with Mary Antoine, senior class president, who will deliver the
statement for the Class of 2003.
Alumni from the class of 1953, who graduated when William Paterson
was called New Jersey State Teachers College at Paterson, will be
present at the ceremony and attend a 50th reunion luncheon sponsored
by the Alumni Relations Office. The Alumni Association’s Young
Alumni Chapter will host a Senior Send-Off reception on Monday,
May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Caldwell Plaza on campus.
Graduates will be recognized by college and will proceed to the
platform to be congratulated by their college dean. Receptions for
students, faculty and guests will be held in Caldwell Plaza following
Scott was named CEO of Pathmark, one of the nation’s leading
supermarket retailers, in October 2002. The company, which operates
144 stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware and
employs more than 27,000 associates, is particularly noted for its
historical commitment to opening stores within the inner-cities
of its trading area. Scott, who joined Pathmark in 1969 as a cashier
and part-time bookkeeper at the Paulison Avenue store in Clifton,
has held a variety of positions within the company, including assistant
store manager, buyer, sales manager, vice president of sales and
advertising, senior vice president and executive vice president
for store operations. She is a 1976 graduate of William Paterson
with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Daly has been an activist for corporate responsibility and socially
responsible investing for more than 25 years. A member of the Dominican
Sisters of Caldwell, she serves as executive director of the Tri-State
Coalition for Responsible Investment, which invests on behalf of
35 Roman Catholic dioceses and organizations in the New York metropolitan
area. Over the years, Daly has used her shareholder status to negotiate
with hundreds of companies on issues including human rights, labor,
and the ecology; she is perhaps most widely known for her leadership
of Campaign ExxonMobil, a shareholder effort to urge the oil company
to take a responsible position on global warming. In 2002, she was
named Environmentalist of the Year by Environmental Advocates of
New York for her role in forcing General Electric to pay for a clean-up
of the Hudson River.
Tice, a native of Newark, has been a photographer for more than
four decades, beginning as a darkroom assistant for a Newark portrait
studio at age 16. Throughout his career, Tice has focused on the
American urban landscape, including a 1972 solo show, "Paterson,"
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and continues to focus on New
Jersey in this work. He has published 13 books and six limited edition
portfolios, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation,
the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Jersey State Council
on the Arts. His photographs have been widely collected and are
included in major public collections such as the International Center
for Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern
Art, the Library of Congress, and others.
William Paterson University, one of the nine state colleges and
universities in New Jersey, offers 30 undergraduate and 19 graduate
programs through five colleges: Arts and Communication, the Christos
M. Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social
Sciences, and Science and Health. Located on 370 hilltop acres in
Wayne, the university enrolls nearly 11,000 students and provides
housing for nearly 2,300 students. The institution’s 366 full-time
faculty are highly distinguished and diverse scholars and teachers,
many of whom are recipients of prestigious awards and grants from
the Fulbright Program (25 scholars), the Guggenheim Foundation,
the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes
of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Philosophical
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