Updates for Faculty & Staff

NYIT Celebrates 52nd Commencement

May 19 2013

NYIT Class of 2013

The achievements of NYIT's 3,215 graduates from throughout America and more than 75 countries were celebrated at the 52nd annual commencement ceremony on May 19 in Old Westbury, N.Y.

President Guiliano

In his speech to the Class of 2013, President Guiliano said: "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."

Ernie Anastos

During the ceremony, President Guiliano awarded honorary degrees to Ernie Anastos (pictured top left), WNYW FOX 5 News anchor; Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., chief medical/scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society; Peter A. Ferentinos (pictured top right), 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.

Thulani Ngazimbi

Student orator Thulani Ngazimbi encouraged 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." View his speech.

After the main commencement event, students attended ceremonies hosted by their schools.

College of Osteopathic Medicine Hooding

On May 20, 284 students of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated during a ceremony where they were hooded by faculty mentors, family members, or friends. The event culminated a week of celebrations for students in the medical field, including:

  • Valedictory ceremony for occupational therapists on May 14, view photos.
  • White coat ceremony for physician assistants on May 16, view photos.
  • Pinning ceremony for nurses on May 16, view photos.

VIP students

In addition, 21 students of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program were recognized at a graduation ceremony on May 16 in Central Islip, N.Y. Read more.

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