Ray Kelly Essay

La-100-21 Professor Grant                                                                 Jessica Cedeno-Jimenez  

On September 4th 1941, in Manhattans Upper West side, Elizabeth O’Brien gave birth to Francis
Kelly’s last of five children, Raymond Walter Kelly. In 1959 Kelly graduated from Archbishop
Molloy High School. He then went on to graduate with honors and a B.B.A. from Manhattan
College in 1963. That same year Raymond Kelly joined the New York City Police Department.
Shortly thereafter he accepted a commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine
Corps Officer Program where he served on active military duty for three years, including a
combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines. For most of his 12
months in country, Kelly led troops in battle, including participation in Operation Harvest Moon.
Upon returning to the U.S. in 1966, three years later, Raymond Kelly joined the Marine Corps
Reserves also returning   to the Police Department. Ray entered the New York City Police
Academy, graduating with the highest combined average for academics, physical achievement
and marksmanship. He also Passed the sergeants testKelly also retired from the Marine Corp
Reserves after 30 years with the rank of Colonel.Being the first member in his family to join the
police department, Commissioner Kelly had no one to open doors for him so he relied on his
own abilities and took advantage of department scholarship programs to advance his career.
While working as a uniformed officer and rising through the ranks, he earned a(J.D. Juris
Doctor) law degree from St. John’s University, a (LL.M.master of laws) from New York
University School of Law, and a(M.P.A.master of public administration) from Harvard
University’s Kennedy School of Government. Kelly has also been the recipient of honorary
degrees from Marist College, Manhattan College, the College of St. Rose, St. John's University,
the State University of New...