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College of Mount Saint Vincent Hosts 103rd Commencement on May 23, 2015


Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent will hold its 103rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on the River Lawn of the College’s Riverdale campus. Nearly 400 students will receive their undergraduate and graduate degrees, accompanied by pomp, ceremony, and celebration that will continue throughout the weekend.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, May 22, with a Baccalaureate Awards and Hooding Ceremony, Baccalaureate Mass, and a reception to be held on campus. The Awards and Hooding Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium, Grace Center. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 5 p.m. on the same day in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Founders Hall, for all graduates and their guests. Following the Mass, a reception will take place in Smith Hall, located in The Academy (South Wing) of Founders Hall, second floor.

Deryck A. Palmer, a celebrated attorney and internationally recognized authority on financial and corporate restructuring, will address graduates, their families, and friends as the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s 2015 Commencement speaker.

Deryck A. Palmer is a partner in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice of the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Bankruptcy Committee and the New York State Bar Association Committee on Bankruptcy and Committee on Courts and the Community.

For more than a decade, Mr. Palmer served as a foreign advisor on U.S. bankruptcy law to the Chinese government and was instrumental in drafting the PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law, adopted in 2006. Mr. Palmer is a co-author of multiple articles and three books, The PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: The People’s Work in Progress, History of Bankruptcy Law in the Second Circuit, and Restructuring: The Search for Value in a Troubled Enterprise.

Mr. Palmer is a Trustee of the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Syracuse University, and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a member of the Bureau of National Affairs Advisory Board for the Bankruptcy Law Reporter and serves on the board of Greater New York Councils-Boy Scouts of America. He is a former Trustee of the Borough of Manhattan Community College and a former Trustee of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.