Albert P. Carey, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, will address more than 2,600 graduate and undergraduate students in the Lehman College Class of 2012 at the College’s 44th Commencement exercises on Thursday, May 31. He also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the South Field.
Also receiving honorary degrees will be Shirley Rodríguez-Remeneski, chairperson of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center’s Board of Trustees and president of 100 Hispanic Women, and Dr. Karen Musalo, professor of law at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law and a trailblazer and innovator on refugee and asylum law.
Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández, who is concluding his 22nd year as president, will preside and be joined on the podium by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and CUNY Trustee Dr. Hugo M. Morales.
Mr. Carey, a graduate of the University of Maryland, began his career with PepsiCo in 1981 and has served in a variety of roles, including chief operating officer of PepsiCo Beverages & Foods North America, president of PepsiCo Sales, and president and CEO of Frito-Lay North America. He was named to his current position last September and is responsible for all aspects of PepsiCo’s beverage business in the Americas. An acknowledged developer of talent at the company, he instituted and continues to champion its largest recognition program, which annually salutes the firm’s top frontline salespeople around the world. At Lehman, which several of his family members attended, he has been instrumental in building both scholarship funds and internship opportunities for its students. In 2008, he received the Lehman Leadership Award at the College’s annual awards gala.
Speaking for the Class of 2012 will be Oluwole Onemola, a political science major and current president of student government. After graduation, he will head home to Nigeria for service in its National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and then return to the US for law school.
Other highlights include:
- Dr. David L. Spector, Robert B. Gardner Jr. Professor and director of research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who earned his master’s degree in biology from Lehman in 1977, will receive the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award.
- Professor Mardi Valgemae of the English Department will receive the “Teacher of the Year Award,” and Professor Judith Duncker of the Political Science Department the “Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award.”
- Professors Mario DiGangi (English) and Susan Markens (Sociology) will receive awards for their research, and Professor Diana Mittler-Battipaglia (Music) for her service.