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May 18 2014

NYIT Salutes the Class of 2014 at its 53rd Commencement


Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 18, 2014) – Before an audience of 7,500 gathered at its campus here, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) celebrated its 53rd Commencement, a global event saluting 3,114 graduates from throughout the United States and nearly 70 countries. Fifty-eight percent of students earned undergraduate degrees; 42 percent earned graduate, medical, professional, or post-graduate degrees.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., conferred the degrees. In his commencement address, he spoke of the importance of cultural fluency in allowing people around the world to communicate with one another, recognizing the value of both their differences and commonalities. “During your years at NYIT, I am confident that you have learned the skills for both connectivity and connection,” he told the graduates. 

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

Honorary degrees were conferred upon Frank J. Bisignano, chairman and CEO, First Data Corporation, a company that he is transforming from a traditional payments processer to a full-service product and technology solutions provider; and Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command and the Surgeon General, United States Army, who has held every level of leadership in Army medicine and will deliver the keynote address on May 19 to 276 medical students at the 33rd hooding ceremony of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.     

NYIT student marshals Marisa Deliso (West Palm Beach, Fla.; B.S. in Biology) and Caprica A. Stanley (Queens, N.Y., B.F.A. in Communication Arts) assisted in the hooding of the honorary degree recipients.

Anthony L. Ungaro, the Class of 2014 student orator (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who earned a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies, urged his fellow graduates to “think about what you want to gain in the future. Interpret the world for what it is to you, not how someone told you it has to be. Make your own inferences according to how you want your life to develop, and act to make those changes happen.” A veteran who spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps, Ungaro is also a clinical medical assistant in interventional pain management. He worked part-time in this field while at NYIT, and will pursue it full time as he completes the application process for medical school for 2015. 

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 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, nearly 100,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


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