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Commencement 2022


Keynote Commencement Speaker

Anta Cissé-GreenAnta Cissé-Green is currently General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at IEEE, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.  She has in-depth legal and compliance expertise gained from her experience in multi-tiered organizations. Prior to serving in her current role at IEEE, Cissé-Green was General Counsel at the State University of New York (SUNY), based in Albany. She served as the chief legal officer to the 18-member Board of Trustees, SUNY’s Chancellor, and various members of institution leadership across 64 campuses; while managing a team of 100 people, including attorneys, legal support staff, professional staff, and risk and compliance staff. 

She also provided legal support to each of the Presidents of the 29-state-operated SUNY campuses and their respective college councils, which serve as the advisory body for each campus; the SUNY University Faculty Senate, a governance body created by the SUNY Board and the official agency through which the university faculty engage in the governance of SUNY; along with many other key areas. 

Cissé-Green also has life-long experiences of supporting and giving to communities in addition to building and leading teams by establishing cultures of accountability, fun, integrity, and diversity of thought. This was taught to her very early in her life through her family who immigrated to the U.S. from Senegal, West Africa. Her family taught her the Senegalese concept of “teranga,” which means hospitality steeped in the foundation of kindness, respect, charity, and generosity.  

Cissé-Green’s broad-based background in grant agreements, tax law, commercial agreements, various international private foundations, charitable organizations, and life-long experiences enables her to bring a wealth of experience to her current role, as she collaborates with the IEEE’s Board of Directors, volunteer leaders, Executor Director, Management Council, and staff. 

Cissé-Green is a 2022 inductee in the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Hall of Fame and has spent time on campus presenting to students, alumnae, and the community on leadership and networking skills. 

She is a mother to three teenage children (two boys and a girl) and enjoys spending time with her husband in Montclair, NJ, binging their favorite shows, and traveling around the world. 

Past Commencement Speakers

  • Second Lieutenant Reilly Rudolph, Brigade Commander of the United States Army Corps of Cadets
  • Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science, and Publisher of its award-winning magazine, Science News
  • Marie C. Wilson, founder and president emeritus of the White House Project and co-creator of “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”
  • Abigail Disney, renowned American filmmaker and scholar known for her documentary films focused on social themes
  • Caryl Stern, president & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • Molly Barker, founder of “Girls on the Run”
  • Shabana Basij-Rasikh, president and founder of SOLA

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science, and Publisher of its award-winning magazine, Science News
  • Jessye Norman, world renowned opera singer
  • Billie Jean King, tennis legend
  • Judith McGrath, chairman and CEO of MTV Networks and a Cedar Crest College alumna
  • Judge Marjorie Rendell, federal judge and First Lady of Pennsylvania
  • Dr.  Shirley Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Abigail Disney, renowned American filmmaker and scholar
  • Shabana Basij-Rasikh, president and founder of SOLA