Wilkes University


Wilkes University Holds Summer Commencement Ceremony on Sept. 10, 2017

Wilkes University will hold its summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center. More than 403 graduates will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the event.

 Wilkes alumnus and trustee emeritus William A. Perlmuth of New York, N.Y., will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree from the University.

 Perlmuth is a 1951 Wilkes graduate with bachelor of arts degree in political science. He obtained his jurist doctorate from Columbia University School of Law. Perlmuth was an editor of the Columbia Law Review as well as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for three years. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore Law Firm. For 35 years, Perlmuth was a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, focusing on corporate financing law, with a specific expertise in mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.

 Perlmuth is receiving the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters in recognition of his strategic vision and commitment to support dance creation, dance presentation, dance education and dance medicine through the Harkness Foundation’s Partner Program. Harkness is a private grant-making foundation dedicated to invigorating and supporting the dance art form, predominantly in New York City. His honorary degree recognizes his efforts to preserve the highest level of artistry for generations to come as well as his distinguished career as an attorney, serving his clients with uncompromised loyalty, exceptional integrity and a keen understanding of the operation of law.

 He remains the president as well as a trustee of the foundation. During his 30 years of service, the foundation has contributed more than $30 million to over 100 dance organizations, mainly in the New York City metropolitan area, who are new or struggling to thrive. It also supports the largest venues with famous dance companies. Perlmuth is currently an active trustee of the New York City Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the School of American Ballet and the Aeroflex and Weininger foundations.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 42 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.