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U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO to Speak at Bowie State University Commencement

May 4, 2012

(Bowie, Md.) - Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will be the keynote speaker for Bowie State University's 2012 spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at Bulldog Stadium. This year commemorates Bowie State University's 147th anniversary as Maryland's oldest Historically Black College and University and one of the oldest in the nation.

Approximately 600 graduates will receive degrees in more than 40 academic programs administered by the University's Colleges of Education, Business, Professional Studies and Arts and Sciences. The graduates include 13 doctoral candidates, 145 master degree candidates, and over 400 bachelor degree candidates. The commencement will mark Stern's first visit to the campus.

"The Bowie State University community is honored to have Ms. Stern as the keynote speaker for the spring commencement. Her leadership, passion, and service in humanitarian aid at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will be a notable example for our graduates," said Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim, Ph.D.

UNICEF is a global humanitarian relief organization providing children with health care and immunizations, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's humanitarian relief work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

As president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Stern's passion for the betterment of community, especially regarding the needs of children, are evident. Stern joined UNICEF in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer and served as acting president for a short time before assuming her current position in May 2007. She was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anit-Defamation League before her appointment at UNICEF. As well, she is no stranger to the college and university setting having worked in higher education, most recently as a Dean at Polytechnic University in New York, for 10 years.

Stern holds numerous awards and honors. She was named one of "25 Mothers We Love" by Working Mother Magazine, received the "Empowering Woman Award" from the General Federation of Women's Clubs and the "Women of Influence" award by the Jewish Women's Foundation. She holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York Oneonta, a master's degree from Western Illinois University, and has completed the course work towards a Ph.D. in higher education at Loyola University in Chicago.

For more information on Bowie State University's 2012 spring commencement, please visit the commencement website.


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