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May 06 2008

NYIT Announces 2008 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 2, 2008)- New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) celebrates its 47th annual commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2008 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Before an audience of more than 10,000, NYIT President Edward Guiliano will confer associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as professional diplomas and certificates, to more than 4,400 graduates, representing all 50 states and 98 countries, from its Manhattan, Long Island, global and online campuses. The ceremony will take place, rain or shine, at NYIT's Old Westbury, N.Y., campus.

Media admission is by press pass.

Schedule and Honorary Degree Recipients:

NYIT will award honorary doctorate degrees to: Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (Doctor of Humane Letters), and Stanford Ovshinsky, Co-Founder, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. and Founder of Ovshinsky Innovation LLC (Doctor of Science).

The NYIT Choir will open the program with a singing of the National Anthem. Student speaker Nigel Chiwaya has been selected to address the Class of 2008.

About NYIT's Honorary Degree Recipients:

Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Mullan is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and a professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is also a member of the medical staff at the Upper Cardozo Community Health Center in Washington, D.C. He served on both the President's Task Force on Health Care Reform and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. His current research and policy work focuses on U.S. and international health workforce issues. Dr. Mullan graduated from Harvard University in 1964 with a degree in history and from the University of Chicago Medical School in 1968. He is the founding president of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the recipient of the American Cancer Society's 1988 Courage Award. Dr. Mullan will deliver the keynote address at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) of NYIT hooding ceremony on May 17 at Lincoln Center.

Stanford Ovshinsky, Doctor of Science Ovshinsky founded Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) with his late wife Iris Ovshinsky. A pioneer in sustainable energy technology and information, he is the primary inventor of ECD's technology, including the Ovonic thin-film photovoltaics and the nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery that is used in cell phones, computers, and hydrogen storage systems. His research in amorphous semiconductors revolutionized the materials used in solar cells, computers, optical memories, and electric cars, as well as those used in photocopy and fax machines and LCD displays. Ovshinsky Innovation LLC was formed in 2007 to accelerate his work in alternative energy and in the information field. Ovshinsky holds 360 U.S. patents. He serves on various scientific, educational, and civic boards, and has received numerous international accolades, including Time magazine's "Hero for the Planet" designation; the American Chemical Society's Heroes of Chemistry 2000 (with his late wife); The Economist's Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment. Ovshinsky will speak at the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences commencement ceremony, immediately following the main ceremony.

The main commencement ceremony will be webcast live on NYIT's Web site,, beginning at 9:30 (click on the "Commencement Ceremony" link).

About NYIT

NYIT is the college of choice for more than 15,000 students enrolled in more than 100 specialized courses of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in academic areas such as architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions, behavioral, and life sciences; management; and osteopathic medicine. As a private, nonprofit, independent institution of higher learning, NYIT embraces an educational philosophy of career-oriented professional education for all qualified students and supports applications-oriented research to benefit the greater global community. Students attend classes at NYIT's campuses in Manhattan and Long Island, as well as online and in a number of programs throughout the world. To date, more than 73,000 alumni have earned degrees at NYIT. For more information, visit


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