A handful of New York City public schools have netted some famous keynote speakers for their graduation ceremonies, including Steve Madden, the shoe designer, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights,” the Department of Education announced Wednesday.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the former host of “Nova ScienceNow” on PBS, will give the keynote address at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School next Wednesday. The full list of graduation speakers is below:
Mekbib Gemeda, the assistant dean for diversity affairs and community health and the director of the Center for the Health of the African Diaspora at New York University School of Medicine, will speak at Middle School 255, the Salk School of Science in Manhattan.
Pedro Noguera, an urban sociologist at New York University, will speak at West Brooklyn Community High School.
Salvatore Cassano, the Fire Department of New York commissioner, will speak at FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety in Brooklyn.
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, the author of “Eighth-Grade Superzero,” a children’s book set in Brooklyn, will speak at Junior High School 167, Robert F. Wagner, in Manhattan.
Jeannette Bayardelle, a Broadway actress, will speak at the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media.
Telly Leung, a Broadway actor and an alumnus, will speak at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.
Johanna Sambucini, Miss New York State, will speak at Fort Hamilton High School, in Brooklyn.
Congressman Edolphus Towns, who represents Brooklyn’s 10th Congressional District, will speak at Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn.
Christopher Emdin, a professor at Teachers College at Columbia University, will speak at the Bushwick School for Social Justice in Brooklyn.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose musical “In the Heights” won several Tony Awards in 2008, will speak at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in Manhattan.
Umar Abdulla-Johnson, a psychologist and radio personality, will speak at George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn.
Anita Sabatino, managing director at IBM, will speak at Port Richmond High School on Staten Island.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium and former host of NOVA ScienceNow, will speak at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School.
Steve Madden, the shoe designer, will speak at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx.
State Senator Eric Adams will speak at ACORN Community High School in Brooklyn.
Keynote addresses by Department of Education officials:
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott: P.S. 176 in the Bronx, June 19; P.S. 35 The Clove Valley School on Staten Island, June 20; Young Women’s Leadership School in Manhattan, June 20; P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini in Brooklyn, June 21; M.S. 302 Luisa Dessus Cruz in the Bronx, June 21; Harlem Children’s Zone/Promise Academy in Manhattan, June 22; The Brooklyn Latin School, June 22; Preparatory Academy for Writers in Queens, June 23; Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School on Staten Island, June 25; Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, June 25; Newcomers High School in Queens, June 25; Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn, June 25; East River Academy in Queens, June 26; GED Plus, June 26; Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, June 27; and Pathways College Preparatory School in Queens, June 28.
Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky: Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted & Talented in Brooklyn, June 19; John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School in Manhattan, June 26; and English Language Learners and International Support Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, June 26.
Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm: Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design in Brooklyn, June 22; World Academy for Total Community Health High School in Brooklyn, June 26.
Deputy Chancellor Dr. Dorita P. Gibson: Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted & Talented in Brooklyn, June 19; BELL Academy in Queens, June 22; Passages Academy in the Bronx, June 25; Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School on Staten Island, June 25; and East River Academy in Queens, June 26.