Molloy College To Honor Civil Rights Activist, Long Island Philanthropist at Commencement

Joseph A. McNeil Dr. Nancy Douzinas

Joseph A. McNeil

Dr. Nancy Douzinas

Molloy College announced today that it will bestow honorary degrees on a noted civil rights activist and one of Long Island's leading philanthropists at the College's 2015 commencement ceremony slated for Monday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Molloy will award honorary Doctor of Laws degrees (LL.D.) to Joseph A. McNeil and Dr. Nancy Douzinas during the commencement exercises. Mr. McNeil, a resident of Hempstead, was one of the "Greensboro Four" who sat at a segregated lunch counter at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960, inspiring a nationwide fight against segregation. 

After 20 years as a psychologist and family therapist, Dr. Douzinas became president of the Rauch Foundation in 1990. The Rauch Foundation is a Long Island-based family foundation that invests in ideas and organizations that spark and sustain systemic change in our communities.

"Mr. McNeil and Ms. Douzinas are truth seekers and truth tellers, and they both work for the good of others and their communities," said Dr. Drew Bogner, President of Molloy. "They are true role models for our graduating students, who we hope will be inspired to leave Molloy and transform their own communities."

Dr. Bogner will give the commencement speech at this year's graduation event. He came to Molloy in July of 2000, after serving as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Under Dr. Bogner's leadership, Molloy has reframed itself from a predominantly Baccalaureate undergraduate institution into a comprehensive, graduate-granting institution, adding more than 25 new Master's programs and the College's first three doctoral programs.

Molloy's enrollment has doubled during his tenure, from approximately 2,200 students to approximately 4,500 for Fall 2014. The College has also added new facilities, including the first two residence halls, and a new student center/performing arts center. A new academic building, the Barbara H. Hagan Nursing Center, will open later this year.

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