A Class Act

Above: NYIT's global network includes more than 81,500 alumni working in industries such as technology, health care, architecture and design, engineering and computer science, education, and communications.

NYIT celebrated the accomplishments of more than 4,450 graduates in Old Westbury, N.Y., on May 17 at its 48th annual commencement. Attendees included 15,000 family and friends from all over the world. In addition to conferring degrees and certificates, Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., president of NYIT, awarded an honorary doctorate to world-renowned architect Richard Meier. He also spoke to graduates about the need to make the most of the knowledge they earned at NYIT and embrace technology as it continues to revolutionize the world.

Planning is already underway for next year’s commencement, which will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2010. NYIT alumni are encouraged to return to their alma mater to participate. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@nyit.edu or call 516.686.7800 for more information.

Jacklin Guerrier (B.S. '09) awaits the start of NYYIT's 48th annual commencement.

Graduate Marissa Ferrazzo (D.O. '09) sings the national anthem to open the May 17 event.

Mark Flynn (B.F.A. '09) speaks to his fellow graduates about the need to exceed expectations and harness the opportunities of the 21st century.

The Class of 2009 is truly a global group, representing all 50 U.S. states and nearly 100 countries.

In addition to the main commencement at NYIT-Old Westbury, graduates celebrated at individual ceremonies in June at campuses in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (pictured), as well as Jordan, Bahrain, and China.

Honorary degree recipient and internationally acclaimed architect Richard Meier (left) and President Guiliano.

In his commencement address, President Guiliano discusses how the "globalization of ideas touches us and the rest of our six and a half billion neighbors on Earth."

Fall 2009 Table of Contents