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May 18 2011

Senior Michael Cavalli Will Send off Classmates at Commencement

Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 18, 2011) – Computer science senior Michael Cavalli will be the student orator at NYIT’s Commencement this Sunday, May 22. He won NYIT’s Student Speaker Contest, where he was selected among other seniors who submitted applications, speeches, and statements of interest.

Cavalli has been an active voice in student activities during his four years at the Old Westbury campus. Cavalli, who grew up in West Babylon, has been the president of the Campus Programming Board, leading educational and social programming for the NYIT community. He has also been a student ambassador and mentor, helping students adjust to college life.

A trip to Atlanta for a conference on student life inspired Cavalli to change his career path from computers to work in higher education and student affairs. He will pursue a master’s degree in social work at Stony Brook University starting this fall.

Students Erica Ayisi, Luke Ferland, and Peter Pitzer won recognition in the contest, and will serve as student marshals and hooders for this year’s honorary degree recipients.

Learn more about Michael Cavalli, and hear his inspirational remarks at NYIT Commencement on May 22. 

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