NEW YORK ABC news anchor Ted Koppel and his wife, Grace Anne Dorney, will deliver the keynote address at Fordham University’s 158th Commencement, the final graduation ceremony for the Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., as University president, on Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Rose Hill campus, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y. Ted Koppel, a 39-year veteran of ABC News and the principal interviewer for “Nightline,” has won every major broadcasting award, including 37 Emmy Awards and seven Peabody Awards. Koppel recently returned from covering the war in Iraq. Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, graduated from Fordham with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1960 and later earned her J.D. from Georgetown Law School.
Since 1989, she has been counsel to Koppel Communications, Inc., where she also serves as vice president and treasurer. The Koppels will receive honorary doctorates of humane letters. Honorary doctorates will also be awarded to actor Liam Neeson, an Academy Award-nominee; William J. Small, National Television Academy vice chairman for news and documentaries; William D. Walsh, a founder and general partner of Sequoia Associates; Arthur Taylor, former president of Muhlenberg College; Mary M. Lai, Long Island University’s chief financial officer; and Father O’Hare, who will retire on June 30th after concluding a historic 19-year tenure.
DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 17 TIME: 1 P.M. PLACE: FORDHAM UNIVERSITY 441 E. FORDHAM ROAD BRONX, N.Y. The diploma ceremonies and speakers for the individual colleges and graduate schools are as follows: Graduate School of Business Administration Speaker: Louis D. Boccardi, president and chief executive officer, Associated Press Date: Sunday, May 18 Time: 2 p.m. Place: City Center, 131 W. 55th St., New York, N.Y. School of Law Speaker: Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General Date: Sunday, May 18 Time: 7 p.m. Place: City Center, 131 W. 55th St., New York, N.Y. Graduate School of Social Service Speaker: The Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., University president Date: Tuesday, May 20 Time: 2 p.m. Place: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y.