The Class of 2012 Convocation Committee has selected current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Speaker.
After leaving the Democratic Party to become a registered Republican, Michael Bloomberg won the 2001 New York City Mayoral election. He was reelected in 2005. In 2009, Bloomberg successfully amended New York City's term-limit laws to allow him to run for -- and ultimately win -- a third term.
His presence in Ithaca comes at a pivotal moment for the University, which has just secured its bid to build a Tech Campus for graduate students on Roosevelt Island. The project, dubbed CornellNYCTech, is expected to intertwine New York City and Cornell very closely over its 30-year duration. Surely, this satellite institution will be a major point of discussion in Bloomberg's speech.
Bloomberg’s selection marks the second straight year a New York City mayor was chosen to speak at convocation. Rudolph Giuliani delivered the address to the Class of 2011.
The 2012 Graduation Ceremony will take place on May 26 and is open to all members of the Cornell and Ithaca communities.
Further details to come soon.