President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to Speak at Cedar Crest College’s 144th Commencement

The President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl M. Stern, will deliver the commencement address to more than 250 bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients during Cedar Crest College’s 144th Commencement on Saturday, May 10, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Crest College quad.

“I can’t think of a better individual to speak to our graduating students than Ms. Stern,” said Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar. “Cedar Crest is deeply committed to women’s leadership and civic engagement, so to have someone on campus who is such a positive example of both is very exciting.”

Caryl M. Stern joined the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer before assuming her current position in May 2007. Previously, Ms. Stern served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Ms. Stern is a member of the boards of Mercy College, the United Nations International School, WE ARE FAMILY Foundation, and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation, as well as a charter member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Kiwanis Club and an advisory board member of the WNBA. She is the author of Believe in Zero: Learning from the World’s Children (St. Martin’s Press, 2013) and the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987).

Ms. Stern has received numerous honors and recognition for her work. Most recently, she was acknowledged with the 2012 Leading Lights Award from The National Multicultural Institute and The FutureWork Institute. Ms. Stern holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oneonta, and has a master's degree from Western Illinois University. She completed the course work towards a Ph.D. in higher education at Loyola University in Chicago and was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Mercy College in 2012. She is married, has three sons and two grandchildren.