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College of New Rochelle Chooses TV's Robin Roberts For Commencement Speech

Robin Roberts, center, poses with her "Good Morning America."
Robin Roberts, center, poses with her "Good Morning America." Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Robin Roberts, of ABC news, will deliver the commencement address at The College of New Rochelle's 109th Commencement on Tuesday, May ­­­24.

During the ceremony at the Beacon Theatre, approximately 1,000 baccalaureate and master’s degrees will be conferred on students from its four schools.

Honorary degrees will be conferred on Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s "Good Morning America," and Elizabeth LeVaca, chair of the college's board of trustees.

LeVaca has served as a trustee of The College of New Rochelle for more than14 years and as chair since 2013. She will step down as chair after the commencement.

"The College of New Rochelle is truly blessed that Elizabeth Bell LeVaca chose to continue the enduring history initiated by her mother, alumna Mary Fischer Bell class of 1934, nearly 83 years ago. The college is considerably stronger today as a result of Elizabeth’s extraordinary leadership, generosity, and guidance,” noted Judith Huntington, president of the college.

During Roberts' time as co-anchor of "Good Morning America," the program has won four Emmy awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

“Robin Roberts is an accomplished woman who has excelled in her profession, while also demonstrating tremendous strength, perseverance, and courage when faced with personal health challenges. She has used these experiences to help others in significant ways, and we are honored to recognize her as a role model who reflects the college’s values of both professional achievement and service to others,” said Huntington.

In 2014, Roberts received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. Her public battle with a blood and bone marrow disease and subsequent bone marrow transplant, inspired her to create programming that led to an increase in bone marrow donor registration.

For this endeavor, she received awards and honors from many organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, and Gilda’s Club.

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