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Celebrated Filmmaker J.J. Abrams to Deliver May Commencement Address at Sarah Lawrence College PDF Print Email


By Judith Schwartzstein, Vice President for Publicity, Sarah Lawrence College 

Feb. 22, 2017:   Sarah Lawrence College has announced that the renowned film and television writer, director, and producer J.J. Abrams will be its 89th commencement speaker. The 1988 alumnus of the college will address the graduates on May 19.  

Abrams's career as an innovative writer, director, and producer began in his final year at Sarah Lawrence, when he collaborated with a friend to write a feature film treatment that was purchased by Disney Studios. 

In addition to writing, producing, and directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams's long list of credits includes producing and directing Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and writing and directing the films Super 8 and Mission: Impossible III. 

He produced the CloverfieldStar Trek, and Mission: Impossible series of films and created or co-created and produced the TV series FelicityAlias, Fringe, and Lost. He has written or co-written such films as Regarding HenryForever YoungArmageddon, and Joy Ride and has composed theme songs and music for many of his productions. 

Currently, Abrams produces the hit HBO series Westworld. 

Among his numerous awards are two Primetime Emmys, a Producers Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Television, and awards from the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and the Academy of Cinema Editors. 

Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, Abrams planned to go to film school after high school but ultimately enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College following his father's advice that "it's more important that you go off and learn what to make movies about than how to make movies." 

Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, are well known for their support of causes that work to level the playing field and advance justice in Los Angeles and across the country.  

President of Sarah Lawrence College Karen R. Lawrence said: “J.J. has been on the ‘wish list’ of Sarah Lawrence students for almost a decade. We are all delighted that this year he will return to his alma mater to deliver the commencement address.” 
Pictured here:  Film and television writer, director, and producer J. J. Abrams.

Photo courtesy Judith Schwartzstein, Vice President for Publicity, Sarah Lawrence College


Presentation on History of Bronxville at Bronxville Library Monday, July 16

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By Christine Utchel, Head of Reference, Bronxville Public Library Jul. 11, 2018: Join us in the Bronxville Public Library at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 16, for a slideshow presentation depicting...


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Bronxville Adult School

About the Bronxville Adult School & Contacts

The Bronxville Adult School is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1957 and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The School "offers all adults of Bronxville and surrounding communities the opportunity for personal growth through life enhancing skills and provides cultural, intellectual and recreational stimulation at a nominal cost."

The Bronxville Adult School
(914) 793-4435
P.O. Box 334, Bronxville NY 10708


Bronxville Public Library

Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Concordia College

Concordia College Adult Education

Concordia College was founded in 1881. It is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Bronxville. Concordia's Accelerated Degree Programs are designed to give you the skills to be competitive in your chosen career or in graduate school. 

Concordia College - New York
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College 

1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708

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