Dominican College has announced that New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly will deliver the commencement address at the College’s 59th commencement exercises. Commissioner Kelly will speak to over 500 students, parents, family, and friends who will attend the ceremony at the Westchester County Center on May 19 at 2 p.m.
Kelly was appointed police commissioner of New York City in January 2002 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. This appointment actually is the second time Commissioner Kelly has served in the role; the first was under Mayor David N. Dinkins from 1992-1994.
Under his leadership, the crime rate in the city is down 40 percent from 2001 levels.
Commissioner Kelly, a retired colonel in the US Marines, 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.
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.