Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to Speak at The Cooper Union's 154th Graduation Ceremony

Feb 25, 2013, 11:00 ET from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- We are delighted that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will deliver the commencement address at The Cooper Union's 154th graduation ceremony, said Jamshed Bharucha, President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.  At the May 29th commencement, Mayor Bloomberg will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary).

"Mayor Bloomberg's transformational leadership to improve education, the cityscape and the built environment, as well as public health, while encouraging smart and sustainable economic growth distinguishes his administration.  His persuasive advocacy for gun control and immigration reform resonates across the country.  His determination for New York to thrive as a world class applied science center will draw the best and the brightest for decades to come.  His record and vision provide an example for our graduates and we are honored he will deliver the keynote address at this year's commencement," said President Bharucha.

"The Cooper Union, a center of innovation, has long led the way in the disciplines of architecture, art and engineering," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Many of the professionals who designed and built New York City's most important infrastructure, buildings and transportation systems graduated from its outstanding programs, and their impact can be felt in every neighborhood of the five boroughs. I am delighted to accept President Bharucha's invitation to give this year's commencement address at this great institution of higher education."

Michael R. Bloomberg is the 108th Mayor of the City of New York.  First elected in November 2001, he has made New York City safer, stronger, and greener than ever.

Commencement takes place in The Cooper Union's historic Great Hall—a bastion of free speech and forum for the genesis of major social reform movements of the 19th and 20th centuries—where Abraham Lincoln delivered his "Right Makes Might" speech, widely credited with winning him the presidency.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished private college of art, architecture and engineering founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.

SOURCE The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art