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Apr 29 2014

NYIT Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipients

Old Westbury N.Y. (April 29, 2014) – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will award honorary degrees to a respected leader in the banking financial sector and the award-winning Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. Both honorary degrees will be conferred during NYIT’s Commencement on Sunday, May 18, at its Old Westbury campus.

The recipients, who will be honored before an expected audience of 7,500, are Chairman and CEO of First Data Corporation (FDC), Frank J. Bisignano (above, right); and United States Army Lieutenant General, Patricia D. Horoho, Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command and Surgeon General of the U.S. Army (above, left).

Bisignano was appointed FDC’s chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors in April 2013. In his first year, he began effectively transforming the company from a traditional payments processing company to a full-service product and technology solutions provider. Prior to FDC, Bisignano served as co-chief operating officer for JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) and the CEO of JPMC Mortgage Banking.  

Prior to JPMC, he was CEO of Citigroup's Global Transactions Services and also chief administrative officer of Citigroup's Corporate and Investment Bank, a senior executive VP, and deputy head of technology and operations. During 9/11, he created and executed Citigroup's business continuity plan, relocating 16,000 employees who were displaced when 7 World Trade Center was destroyed.  

He serves on the board of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, the Mount Sinai Health System, the Battery Conservancy, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Read more.

LTG Horoho assumed command of the U.S. Army Medical Command and was sworn in as the 43rd Army Surgeon General in December 2011; she has held every level of leadership in Army medicine. LTG Horoho’s military awards and citations include the Superior Unit Citation, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and France's National Order of Legion of Honor, Chevalier (Knight) Award.

Her recognitions are numerous. She was honored by the American Red Cross with the 2013 Women Who Care Humanitarian Award and currently serves as a member of the Uniformed Services University Board of Regents. In April 2009, she was selected as the USO’s “Woman of the Year” and, in September 2002, was among 15 nurses selected by the American Red Cross and Nursing Spectrum to receive national recognition as a “Nurse Hero.”  In 2001, she was honored by Time Life Publications for her actions at the Pentagon on 9/11. Read more.

This year marks the university’s 53rd Commencement. NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. will preside and salute graduates, as well as acknowledge relatives and friends during his address to the Class of 2014. “We are honored to recognize these leading professionals who have contributed so much to their respective fields and who embody the values and attributes for which NYIT stands as a global university,” noted Guiliano.

For more information about NYIT Commencement 2014, visit

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 13,000 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, more than 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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