Bowman to deliver commencement


Much of his congressional district might be concentrated in the Bronx, but U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman represents a slice of Westchester as well. And one of its colleges will welcome him — virtually — for its commencement exercises this May.

Sarah Lawrence College is a small liberal arts college in Bronxville, a village within Bowman’s hometown of Yonkers. Originally a women’s college, it became co-ed in 1968.  And Bowman says he’s thrilled to speak to the Class of 2021.

“Our students are graduating in an unprecedented time, in a world that faces incredible challenges,” Bowman said, in a release. “The next generation of leaders has immense potential to create a more just society for all of us. As an educator and former principal, I’m humbled to be sending Sarah Lawrence’s graduates off on the next phase of their journeys.”

Bowman has certainly used his teaching background to his advantage in his congressional career thus far. He’s now the vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, a title Sarah Lawrence president Cristle Collins Judd hopes he will wear with pride when addressing the college’s graduates.

“I am delighted that Congressman Bowman has accepted our invitation,” Judd said, in a release. “We look forward to welcoming him to address our graduates, recognizing the priority he places on issues of justice and education allied with his intimate knowledge of and desire to strengthen the area that Sarah Lawrence calls home.”