April / May 2017




Educating for Justice Gala to Honor "Fierce Advocates" Deavere Smith, the acclaimed actress, playwright, educator and activist, will lead a group of distinguished honorees at John Jay College's annual Educating for Justice Gala on May 8 at the Plaza hotel. The festive fundraiser - a highlight of the academic year - will also honor the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation for its advocacy and support of quality education in New York City, and President Jeremy Travis for his 13 years of outstanding leadership.  Read More 

Study-Abroad to Get a Boost with New Travis Scholarship Fund honor of President Jeremy Travis, who will step down on August 1, 2017, John Jay College has launched the Jeremy Travis Scholarship for Study Abroad to increase opportunities for student study abroad. The scholarship will help undergraduate and graduate students participate in immersive cultural and academic experiences that they otherwise could not financial afford.   Read More


Alumni Reunion Celebrates the Then and Now of John Jay College alumni returned to their alma mater on April 21 and 22 for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which included a special Founding Generation symposium to celebrate the 13-year tenure of President Jeremy Travis, who is stepping down on Aug. 1.  Read More  

Two Teams, Two Championships winningest sports team at John Jay College, hands-down, is the coed rifle team, which in March brought home its 12th and 13th Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships in air rifle and small-bore - more titles than any other team in Bloodhound history.  Read More 


Study: Fewer Are Detained, But They're Held Longer 5, 2017, New York, NY - As counties and cities around the country look for ways to reduce the levels of pretrial detention, a new report from the Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice examines trends in custody status including bail amount set, length of stay, and discharge status for individuals admitted to the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) from 2000 to 2015. According to the study, the average pretrial length of stay increased significantly over a fifteen year period, 2000 to 2015, even as the admissions for pretrial detention decreased by almost half.  Read More

Hitting His Stride on the John Jay Stage Smith, a sophomore Law and Society major, has only been in the United States for about eight months, yet earlier this month he took to the stage in a lead role in a new theatrical production at John Jay, "The African Company Presents Richard III." Smith moved to New York City from the island of Jamaica last summer and enrolled in John Jay, where he says he had a tough time adjusting to the new pace of life. That no longer seems to be the case - this international student has hit his stride.  Read More


Read 'Em and Celebrate! faculty members representing 14 different academic departments were honored at a presidential reception on March 23 for the books they had published in 2016. The published works included the third and final volume of Distinguished Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook's three-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, a Spanish-language edition of Professors David Brotherton and Luis Barrios's seminal work on the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, and two works on electoral politics by Professor Heath Brown. A broad range of topics was represented, including voting rights, mass incarceration, criminal justice ethics, Frankenstein, Dr. Joyce Brothers, cybercriminology, art crime, homeland security, and Latinos and criminal justice.  Read More

In the Name of the Law annual Law Day event at John Jay, held this year on March 24, provides John Jay students with an opportunity to learn about the law school application process, strategies for succeeding in law school, and financial aid options. Law Day, presented by the College's Pre-Law Institute, this year also served as a homecoming for keynote speaker Muhammad U. Faridi, a 2004 alumnus of John Jay, who delivered the Samuel and Anna Jacobs Foundation Lecture on the Law and the Legal Profession.  Read More






May 1-5, 2017

Research & Creativity Week

Events, times and locations vary

Please visit the main John Jay calendar  for details.


May 15, 2017 - 

Time: 5 PM - 8 PM

Commencement Students Awards 2017

Celebrating the academic excellence and commitment 

to service displayed by John Jay's finest graduates


Room L.63, New Building



May 9, 2017 - Time: 10 AM - 2 PM

Gun Violence in NYC Neighborhoods:
Complementary Solutions from Law Enforcement and Public Health

Presented by John Jay College and the John A. Reisenbach Foundation

Moot Court, 6th Floor, New Building


May 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM

Commencement 2017

Click here  for details.

Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, N.Y.



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