October 04, 2017


Women’s Health Advocate Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D. to Deliver Keynote Address 
Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., a double board-certified specialist in obstetrics, gynecology, and maternal-fetal medicine who is an outspoken advocate on women’s health issues, will deliver the keynote address at New Jersey City University’s 36th Annual Academic Convocation on Wednesday, October 5, 2017.
NJCU’s Academic Convocation, which celebrates the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year, will be held in Margaret Williams Theatre of Hepburn Hall, on the University campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. 
The academic procession, led by 50 students bearing flags representing the home nations of NJCU students, will step off at 1:50 p.m.; the ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the community.  For further information call (201) 200-3426.
Dr. Sue Henderson, NJCU president, will welcome the University community.  Dr. Daniel J. Julius, NJCU provost and senior academic vice president, will then deliver remarks and join President Henderson in presenting three distinguished retired professors upon whom the title of professor emeritus/emerita has been conferred. The professors emeriti to be honored are: Dr. Raymond Clyde Coreil (English as a Second Language), Dr. Mihri Napoliello (Multicultural Studies), and Dr. Tsung (Bill) Soo Hoo (Professional Security Studies).
Mr. Collin Officer, president of the Student Government Organization, will address the University community on behalf of the student body. 
The keynote address will then be delivered by Dr. Thornton.
About Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D.
Dr. Thornton is the first black woman in the United States to be board-certified in high-risk obstetrics and to be accepted into the New York Obstetrical Society. She has been listed in New York Magazine as one of the top 10 maternal-fetal medicine specialists in New York City.
Dr. Thornton is the author of the national best-selling memoir, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, which was published in 1995. Featured on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the book is a tribute to Dr. Thornton’s parents and was translated into 19 languages, adapted for a World Premiere Movie, and nominated for the Peabody Award and the Cable ACE Award for Best Picture. She also authored the medical text, Primary Care for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist.
As senior perinatologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Thornton established and developed the program for a new form of early, prenatal diagnostic testing known as CVS, or, chorionic villus sampling.
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