Jun 12 2013
Before an audience of 7,500 gathered at the Old Westbury campus, NYIT saluted 3,215 graduates of the Class of 2013 at its 52nd annual commencement on May 19. The university’s latest alumni include degree holders from throughout the United States and more than 75 countries. Fifty-two percent of students earned undergraduate degrees; 48 percent earned graduate, medical, professional, or post-graduate degrees.
In his keynote speech, President Guiliano stressed that an investment in higher education leads to prosperity on many fronts, and emphasized the value of connectedness in the networked 21st century. “No one moves in a straight line in a network,” he said. “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.”
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.
In New York, honorary degrees were conferred upon WNYW FOX 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos; Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., the chief medical/scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society and professor at Emory University; Peter A. Ferentinos, CEO of Qualco 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, which has been instrumental in the success of the NYIT-Nanjing campus since it opened in 2007.
Thulani Ngazimbi (B.S. ’11, M.S. ’13), Class of 2013 student orator, 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 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 held by each of NYIT’s schools and colleges. On May 20, 284 medical students were honored at the 32nd hooding ceremony of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
With the Class of 2013, NYIT’s alumni network includes 95,000 graduates around the world.
Visit our Commencement page for additional photos and videos from our global campuses, in addition to President Guiliano’s keynote address.