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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2004
CONTACT: Tom McLaughlin
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)
E-mail: tmclaugh@kean.edu

Kean University to Hold Graduate Commencement Ceremony at NJPAC

UNION, N.J. – –The Kean University Nathan Weiss Graduate College will hold its Commencement ceremonies on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located at One Center Street in Newark, N.J. Nearly 650 graduate students are expected to receive their degrees.

For the second consecutive year, Kean will hold a separate ceremony off campus for those earning graduate degrees. “Highlighting this level of study as a unique entity of the University certainly showcases Kean's growth in higher education across so many disciplines,” said Dr. Kristie Reilly, dean of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College.

Laura Lee Mall, Esq., will be this year’s featured Commencement speaker. The very embodiment of the value of higher education, Mall had already achieved a high measure of success in her own right during her 10 years as a director of TV programming and promotion in public television, when she began feeling that she had only begun to realize her potential. For even as she negotiated broadcast rights, executed programming contracts and produced programs for local and national PBS distribution, she enrolled in college for the first time as an adult and excelled, propelling her career to new heights on the wings of her three degrees – a bachelor’s degree with honors from Florida Atlantic University, a doctor of jurisprudence degree (J.D.), graduating magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University Law School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a master of laws, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center’s prestigious Media Law individualized program. Mall’s climb through the academic and legal worlds should serve notice to those who believe they can do more with their lives.

Today, fortified by her decision to fulfill her personal promise, Mall is a successful attorney specializing in commercial litigation as a member of the dispute-resolution team at the law firm of Berger Singerman. In spite of her professional ascent, Mall has also remained true to her roots, serving as a volunteer advisor to the Educational Network, operated by the Palm Beach County School Board on Adelphia Cable and is the founding officer of the Women’s Studies Institute of South Florida.