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Manhattanville College Announces 2016 Commencement Speakers

James Badge Dale
James Badge Dale Photo Credit: Contributed
Jean Strauss
Jean Strauss Photo Credit: Contributed
The Rev. Edward Mulraine
The Rev. Edward Mulraine Photo Credit: Contributed

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Manhattanville College will get a taste of Hollywood when it welcomes back actor and alumnus James Badge Dale as the keynote speaker for the 175th Undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 14.

Other speakers include Jean Strauss for the graduate and doctoral ceremony on Thursday, May 12, and the Rev. Edward Mulraine as the baccalaureate and honors convocation speaker on Friday, May 13.

Dale’s acting career got an early start when he was cast in the role of Simon in the 1990 version of “Lord of the Flies.” Since then, he has gone on to star in movies and television in “The Departed,” “Iron Man 3,” “World War Z” and most recently “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” In addition to being involved with the college’s theater program, he was also a member of the men’s ice hockey team, where he was a goalie during the 1999-2000 season.

Strauss, wife of college president Jon Calvert Strauss, is also a documentary filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author and legislative activist on post-adoption issues. While at Manhattanville, Strauss has helped beautify the campus and honor the college’s past, including Heritage Hall, and the Elizabeth Reid Room and Lady Chapel renovations. In the spring of 2014, she was named the college’s director of special projects.

Mulraine has been the pastor at Unity Baptist Tabernacle Church in Mount Vernon since 2003.His gift for preaching began when he was 18, leading him to serve as minister of community uplift and outreach at Mount Vernon’s Grace Baptist Church under his mentor, Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson. He serves as president of the Bronx Williamsbridge NAACP and vice president of the New York State Conference of NAACP Branches. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Manhattanville.

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