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Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to be the Commencement Speaker at Dominican College's 59th Commencement Exercises


Dominican College is pleased to announce that New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will speak at the College’s commencement exercises at the Westchester County Center on May 19 at 2 p.m.

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly was appointed Police Commissioner of New York City in January 2002 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. This appointment is actually the second time Commissioner Kelly has served in the role. The first was under Mayor David N. Dinkins from 1992-1994.

In 2002, Commissioner Kelly created the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the country. He designed a global intelligence program which included sending New York City detectives to eleven foreign cities. Under his leadership, the crime rate in the city is down 40% from 2001 levels. Commissioner Kelly also established a Real Time Crime Center that uses data mining to search millions of computer records and put investigative leads into the hands of detectives in the field.

Commissioner Kelly was formerly Senior Managing Director of Global Corporate Security at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Before that, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service for which he was awarded awarded the Alexander Hamilton Medal for Exceptional Service. From 1996-98, Commissioner Kelly was Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department. There, he supervised the Department’s enforcement bureaus including the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

In addition, Mr. Kelly served on the executive committee and was elected Vice President for the Americas of Interpol, the international police organization, from 1996-2000. In 1994, he was appointed to serve as Director of the International Police Monitors in Haiti, a U.S. led force responsible for ending human rights abuses and establishing an interim police force there. For his service, Commissioner Kelly was awarded the Exceptionally Meritorious Service Commendation by the President of the United States.

A 43-year veteran of the NYPD, Commissioner Kelly served in 25 different commands before being named Police Commissioner. He was appointed to the New York City Police Department in 1963.  Shortly thereafter he accepted a commission to the United States Marine Corps Officer Program. He served on active military duty for three years including a combat tour in Vietnam. He returned to the Police Department in 1966 and entered the New York City Police Academy, graduating with the highest combined average for academics, physical achievement and marksmanship. He was also a member of the inaugural class of the New York City Police Cadet Corps for three years while a student at Manhattan College.

Commissioner Kelly holds a BBA from Manhattan College, a JD from St. John's University School of Law, an LLM from New York University Graduate School of Law and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In September 2006, Commissioner Kelly was awarded France’s highest decoration, the Legion D’Honneur, by then French Minister of the Interior Nicholas Sarkozy.

Commissioner Kelly retired as a Colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves after 30 years of service.

The College will award Commissioner Kelly an honorary degree. In addition the College will award an honorary degree to Dr. Joan H. Facelle, former Health Commissioner for Rockland County. The Veritas Medal will be awarded posthumously to Fr. Ronald A. Stanley, O.P. and Matthew L. Robertson will be recognized with the Badami Outstanding Alumni Award.

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