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Duffy to deliver grad speech at Roberts

Robert J. Duffy, president and CEO of Rochester Business Alliance, will deliver the keynote address at Roberts Wesleyan College’s spring commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. May 9 in the Voller Athletic Center, 2301 Westside Drive.

Nearly 500 students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees — as well as their family members, friends, faculty and staff — will be on hand to celebrate.

“Roberts is a place where students, who are dedicated to service and spiritual formation, emerge as leaders, transformed and ready to impact the world,” said Roberts President Deana Porterfield. “Bob Duffy is an incredible leader in our community and it’s an honor to have him share his experiences, values and advice with our graduates.”

A Rochester native, Duffy began his new role with the Rochester Business Alliance in January. He previously served as lieutenant governor, chairing the regional economic development councils and the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission. He also played a major role in the Mandate Relief Council.

Duffy served as Rochester mayor from January 2006 to January 2011 and as Rochester police chief from March 1998 to April 2005. He joined the Rochester Police Department in November 1976.

Duffy holds two degrees from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In April 2013, he was listed as one of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by City and State newspaper.

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