PRESIDENT OF CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES WILL ADDRESS MEDICAL COLLEGE GRADUATES
VALHALLA, N.Y., May 11, 2005 – Kenneth Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will address graduates of New York Medical College at the university’s 146th Commencement, May 23 at 5:00 p.m., in Carnegie Hall, New York City. The university will award 194 doctor of medicine (M.D.) degrees, 66 master of science (M.S.) degrees, 50 master of public health (M.P.H.) degrees, 11 doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degrees and 7 doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.
Mr. Hackett, who will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, graduated from Boston College in 1968 and immediately entered the Peace Corps in Ghana, where he began a lifetime of advocacy for peace and social justice. He joined CRS in 1972 and today is responsible for a global staff of more than 4,000 operating in more than 90 countries on five continents. CRS was founded in 1943 to aid the world’s poor and disadvantaged with direct assistance and self development. Today it is recognized as one of the most effective relief agencies in the world.
Graduates of the School of Medicine learned in March where they will conduct their residencies. Forty-two percent of the medical school graduating class will go to hospitals in New York, 33 percent will do their residencies in California. The remainder plan to enter residencies at prestigious hospitals throughout the country. The 11 students receiving D.P.T. degrees comprise the first class to graduate from the doctoral program in physical therapy, which the School of Public Health established in 2002.