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Broadway Composer Robert Lopez to Speak at Hunter Graduation

Emmy Award-winning composer and lyricist Robert Lopez will be the Commencement speaker at Hunter's 203rd Commencement Exercises, which will take place on June 2 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Among the guests joining Lopez onstage will be philanthropist Lois Silberman, who will receive the Chancellor's Medal.

Lopez (pictured above) co-created and co-wrote the smash-hit comic Broadway musicals The Book Of Mormon (2011) and Avenue Q (2003). Mormon is nominated this year for 14 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical - the same three awards Avenue Q (which has been running for eight years) won in 2004. Lopez shared two Emmy awards for his music for Nickelodeon’s The Wonder Pets. He co-wrote the songs for Winnie The Pooh, the upcoming release from Disney Feature Animation, along with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Lois V. Silberman has a rich history of support and leadership at Hunter College. She and her late husband Samuel J. Silberman, known as ‘Buddy,’ established the Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund, whose mission is to provide grants for the development of knowledge and skills for service delivery in the social work profession. In 1964, The Silberman Fund provided a major gift to support the construction of the building on the north side of East 79th Street to house the Hunter College School of Social Work. Building upon this major gift, in 2008 the Silberman Fund extended a gift to Hunter College of $40 million, the largest in the college’s and CUNY’s history, to construct a new building in East Harlem to house the Lois V. and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

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