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May 24 2010

NYIT Celebrates 49th Annual Commencement for the Class of 2010


Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 24, 2010) – New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) 49th annual commencement, held on Sunday, May 23, 2010, was a global event celebrating the university’s 4,000 graduates. More than 12,000 guests – some traveling from as far as 7,000 miles away – gathered at NYIT’s Old Westbury, N.Y., campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2010, which comprised undergraduate, graduate, professional, and doctoral degree candidates.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., conferred degrees and, in his keynote speech, told the graduates, that the world is “a work in progress,” constantly changing through “collaborative hubs that span the world. In order to empower innovation, we must become conversant with the concept of Living in Beta. What we know today is not constant. Some things we know remain true, but many will be edited, added, footnoted, paraphrased, or simply deleted.” He called for students to “go out and explore. Create. Lead. Remake the world.”

Students from NYIT campuses in Old Westbury, Manhattan, China, Jordan, Bahrain, Canada, and online attended the ceremony, which was webcast live to viewers around the world. Honorary degrees were conferred upon inventor Raymond Kurzweil, founder, chairman, and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies Inc., and Dr. Richard Cooper, professor of medicine and senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Student marshals Evgeniya Sokolovskaya and Iris Benn assisted in the hooding of the honorary degree recipients.

Stephanie Langdon, Class of 2010 student orator, received her bachelor’s degree of professional studies in hospitality management (summa cum laude) and challenged her classmates to “despite what obstacles you face, look back at your time at NYIT for inspiration, know that you have the tools to make your dreams come true, work hard, and you will accomplish great things.”

Alumnus Paul Mastrella, Class of 1976, opened the ceremony by singing the national anthem. Following the main commencement ceremony, students were individually recognized at school ceremonies, where many received outstanding achievement awards.

Dr. Cooper also delivered the keynote address to more than 250 medical students at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT’s 29th annual hooding ceremony on May 24 at the Tilles Center in Old Brookville, N.Y.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), founded in 1955, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and interior design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 85,000 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit


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