Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Leader in Higher Education and President of George Washington University, to Speak at Touro College Commencement Sunday, May 28, at Lincoln Center

Date: May 18, 2006
Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President of George Washington University
Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President of George Washington University
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Over 6,000 Degrees Expected to be Awarded to Class of 2005-06.

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 18, 2006 – Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, the 15th president of The George Washington University, will deliver the keynote address at the 32nd annual commencement of Touro College on Sunday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, in New York City.

By the end of the commencement season, Touro College expects to have awarded over 6,000 doctor of philosophy, doctor of osteopathic medicine, juris doctor, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees in fields as wide-ranging as law, education, health sciences, and finance to the Class of 2005-2006.

Sunday evening’s ceremonies will confer baccalaureate, master’s and associate’s degrees upon over 600 students from five of Touro’s schools dedicated to enhancing Jewish heritage: Lander College for Men in Queens, Lander College for Women in Manhattan, Lander College for Arts & Sciences for Men and Women in Flatbush, the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and the School for Lifelong Education.

Dr. Trachtenberg, who has served as president of GW for almost two decades and is a well-respected leader in higher education, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

"Dr. Trachtenberg is a beloved friend of over 40 years who has brought extraordinary creativity and leadership to higher education and also to the community at large," said Dr. Bernard Lander, Founder and President of Touro College. "We are very fortunate that he will be joining us to help celebrate the achievements of our graduates and their families, and propel them towards even greater accomplishments."

A professor of public administration known for his understanding and examination of higher education systems, Dr. Trachtenberg has written three books and numerous articles that have received wide acclaim. Recognition for his contributions include numerous honorary degrees and awards, including several from Jewish organizations including the Jewish National Fund, the American Friends of Lubavitch, B’nai Brith, the American Jewish Congress, the National Council of Jewish Women, the National Conference of Christians and Jews and Hebrew University. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and holds degrees from Columbia, Yale and Harvard universities.

Receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the commencement will be Mikhail Leibov, president of Corbina Telecom, Russia’s fifth largest independent telecommunications carrier and second largest broadband internet provider. Mr. Leibov is chairman of the advisory board of Lander Institute Moscow, a branch campus of Touro College which, in 1991, became the first institution of American higher education to be accredited by the Russian Committee for Higher Education.

Founded in 1971, Touro College is currently educating more than 22,000 students at locations in New York, California, Nevada, Jerusalem, Moscow and Berlin. Other commencement ceremonies scheduled include the following:

New York:

  • Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center: Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m., at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Speaker: Nassau County District Attorney and alumna Kathleen Rice. Over 200 students are expected to receive juris doctor and master’s degrees.
  • New York School of Career and Applied Studies: School of General Studies, Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m., at Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th Street, New York City. Speaker: Carla Harris, managing director, Global Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley. Expected awarding of 550 bachelor’s, associate and certificate degrees. Touro Computer Centers, Monday, June 5, 6:30 p.m., Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Expected awarding of 700 bachelor’s, associate and certificate degrees expected.
  • School of Education and Psychology, Graduate Division: Thurs., June 15, 2 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Speaker: Dr. Seymour Lachman, Distinguished Professor at Adelphi University. Awarding of 1,711 Master’s degrees expected.
  • Machon L’Parnasa – Institute for Professional Studies: Sunday, June 18, 11 a.m., The Renaissance, 5902 14th Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Anticipated awarding of 65 Associate and Certificate degrees to 55 students in accounting, human services, interdisciplinary studies, finance, management and marketing.
  • School of Health Sciences: Thursday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. Doctorates, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees expected to be conferred upon 324 students.


  • Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA, on June 4, is expected to present candidates for 110 doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees.
  • Touro University International in Cypress, CA, on August 13, is expecting to present candidates for nearly 2,000 doctoral, master’s of arts, master’s of science, master’s of business administration, and baccalaureate degrees.
  • Touro College Berlin: in June, is expected to present candidates for 12 baccalaureate degrees in business and management.
  • Lander Institute - Moscow in June is expected to present candidates for 23 associate and baccalaureate degrees.