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May 19 2013

NYIT Salutes the Class of 2013 at its 52nd Commencement


Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 19, 2013) – Before an audience of 7,500 gathered at its campus here, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) celebrated its 52nd Commencement, a global event saluting 3,215 graduates from throughout America and more than 75 countries. Fifty-two percent of students earned undergraduate degrees; 48 percent earned graduate, medical, professional, or post-graduate degrees.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., conferred degrees. In his keynote speech, he stressed that graduates’ investment in higher education would lead to prosperity on many fronts, both personally and professionally, and emphasized the value of connectedness in the networked 21st century. “No one moves in a straight line in a network; you move from one node to the next. You turn corners and often find surprises. Wrong turns can lead to the right endings. The more connections you have, the more paths open up and the richer your life becomes. NYIT has given you a wealth of these connections,” he stated.

Students from NYIT campuses in Old Westbury, Manhattan, Bahrain, Canada, China, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and online attended the ceremony, which was webcast live around the world.

Honorary degrees were conferred upon WNYW FOX 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos, who has an extraordinary record of achievement, including more than 30 Emmy awards and nominations; Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., the chief medical/scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society and professor at Emory University who will deliver the keynote address on May 20 to 284 medical students at the 32nd hooding ceremony of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine; Peter A. Ferentinos, an entrepreneur, CEO of Qualco Inc. and several other national companies, and the longest-standing member of NYIT’s board of trustees; and Yang Zhen, Ph.D., president of an NYIT partner institution in China, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, who has been instrumental in the success of the NYIT-Nanjing global campus since it opened in 2007.

NYIT student marshals Shanice Doyle (B.S. in biomedical engineering) and Iro Pantazi-Mytarelli (M.S. in computer science) assisted in the hooding of the honorary degree recipients.

Thulani Ngazimbi, Class of 2013 student orator (M.S. in energy management), urged his fellow graduates to "have the vision to see beyond what is right before you, and have the willingness to engage in what you see every day.” Originally from Zimbabwe, Ngazimbi served as graduate director of the Community Service Center at NYIT-Old Westbury and was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. He transferred to NYIT from Idaho State University and completed his B.S. in business administration in 2011 and an advanced certificate in environmental management in December 2012. He concluded by noting, “NYIT has helped us to think critically and to engage and learn. NYIT has helped us to view the world through eyes willing to accept difference and change.”

Following the main commencement ceremony, students were individually recognized at 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.

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, 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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