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May 20 2012

NYIT Salutes the Class of 2012 at its 51st Annual Commencement


Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 20, 2012) - Before an audience of more than 12,000 guests gathered at its campus here, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) today celebrated its 51st annual commencement, a global event saluting 3,325 graduates from 41 states and 84 countries around the world. Fifty-four percent of students earned undergraduate degrees; 46 percent earned graduate, medical, professional, or post-graduate degrees.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., conferred degrees and, in his keynote speech, stressed the importance of human connectivity and the need for graduates to cultivate an interconnected mentality to succeed in today’s complex, rapidly changing economy.  Reflecting that none of history’s great innovators worked entirely by themselves, he issued a call to action to: “Critique, clash, conflict, collaborate, connect, and create spaces of innovation where you can openly share your ideas for the betterment of all.”

Students from NYIT campuses in Old Westbury, Manhattan, China, Jordan, Bahrain, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and online attended the ceremony, which was webcast live to viewers around the world. Honorary degrees were conferred upon Dean Kamen, president, DEKA Research & Development Corp. and founder of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Stephen A. Orlins, president, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, focused on helping to shape American foreign policy toward China; and Jordan J. Cohen, M.D., professor of medicine and public health at The George Washington University. Student marshals Ami Patel, Shannon Pearce, and Elizabeth Varadian assisted in the hooding of the honorary degree recipients.

On May 21, Dr. Cohen also will deliver the keynote address to 291 medical students at the 31st annual hooding ceremony of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) at the Tilles Center in Old Brookville, N.Y.

James Marsanico, the Class of 2012 student orator who received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, told his fellow graduates that they are a product of their own hard work, which resulted in the gift they earned for themselves  a college education. He challenged his classmates not to sacrifice that gift as, “We are the ones who will shape the world for the coming generations because we are the catalysts of the future.”

Following the main commencement ceremony, students were individually recognized at school ceremonies for the School of Architecture and Design; School of Education; School of Engineering and Computing Sciences ; School of Health Professions; School of Management; and College of Arts and Sciences.

President Guiliano

About NYIT

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and 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 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

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, 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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