Congratulatory Messages to Graduates

The entire New York Tech community congratulates the Class of 2021 on their achievements!

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Brian Beatty
Associate Professor
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Congratulations to you all!

This is a huge step toward your future, and I can’t wait to see what becomes of it. I hope you’ll all come back and tell us, visit campus, and share your news and hard-won wisdom with the students yet to start here.

I wish I could be with you for graduation, but I hope you know that I’m thinking of you and wish you the best.

Brian Beatty

Jonathan Goldman
College of Arts & Sciences

Dear Students,

Congratulations on your success, overcoming 15 tremendously challenging months! Look out for one another in the future, and best of luck!

Dr. Jonathan Goldman


Carol Lane
Associate Director
Strategic Communications & External Affairs

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Best wishes for a rewarding and successful career!


Lisa Sparacino
Chairperson, Department of Nursing
School of Health Professions

Congratulations to all the New York Tech Nursing Graduates!

I wish you health and happiness in your career as a registered nurse.

I have confidence that with continued hard work, you be able to pass NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.

Remember, I am always here to help.
Dr. Sparacino


Hallie Zwibel
Associate Professor
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2021, you completed school in the midst of a global pandemic. No doubt your life was disrupted. No doubt there was added stress. No doubt there was uncertainty. Despite these challenges, or more accurately because of them, you are stronger. You are a stronger student having tested yourself. You are a stronger job applicant as you have overcome the unexpected and persevered. You are a stronger person finding the ingenuity and resolution you did not know you had.

Marie Aldridge
Senior Career Advisor
Student Services

Congratulations Class of 2021! I wish you continued success and happiness in all you do. I know how hard you have worked throughout your time at NYITCOM, and I am so proud of you. Your accomplishments are even more impressive as you carried them out during a worldwide pandemic! Believe in yourselves as I believe in you—you will make competent, empathetic, and trusting resident physicians, and I look forward to working with many of you again when you pursue your fellowship! Best of luck, Class of 2021!


Susan Sternberg
Admin. Asst.
School of Architecture and Design

Dear Interior Design Seniors,

Congratulations on your graduation! It has been my absolute pleasure to watch you develop as people and designers. I wish you well and look forward to hearing about your future endeavors.

All the best, Sue


Patricia Brustman
Senior Specialist
School of Management

Hello: Best wishes to all graduates! The future is approaching! Enjoy what is ahead of you and best of luck!

Samantha Mon
Assistant Director
Career Services

Congratulations, Class of 2021! As you cherish the fruits of your hard work, I wish that success keeps following you in everything that you do. Dream new dreams, embark on who you are, embrace life with passion, and keep reaching for the stars. Shine on and go for it!

Lucy Gironda
Director of Student Accounts

Congratulations. You did it!

Good luck and best wishes on all your future endeavors.

Eftihia Christoforatos
Administrative Assistant
Digital Art & Design-NYC Campus

To the Class of 2021, you all are all awesome! Congratulations! The transitions you have made, your resiliency, the effort you have put to be at the top of your game!…Go change the world and please keep in touch!!


Donna Darcy
Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing
School of Health Professions

Congratulations, graduates! You have come far, worked hard, and achieved your goal. Now go out there and make your mark on the world. Nurses, take good care of your patients… their lives depend on you!!


Patthara Chandaragga
Student Advisement Specialist
School of Management

It has been an honor to see you grow personally and professionally while pursuing your college career here at New York Tech. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your journey. I am really proud of our Class of 2021, and I cannot wait to see all your accomplishments in the next chapter.


Susan Heim
Director of Residence Life
Office of Residence Life

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on your graduation. All of your hard work and perseverance have led you to this proud moment in your lives. Best wishes on your next adventure!


Lynn Rogoff
Arts & Sciences

To All My Students,

With immense pride, I congratulate my dear students on a job well done. Having gotten to know you over the last few years has enriched my life. I know you will go out into the world with confidence in your abilities to communicate and analyze the world you encounter. Remember, you can always reach out to me for counsel. With faith that you will affect great change in the world, I wish you the best of luck.

Stay in Touch,
Professor Rogoff

Lucille Notaro
Administrative Assistant
College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Admissions

Dear Students,

Congratulations Class of 2021!

You are healers and will improve your patients' quality of life. What a wonderful career as Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

All the best!

Robert DiGangi
Assistant Director
Residence Life

Congratulations Class of 2021!!! It has been a pleasure working with you, and I wish you the best of luck on your next journey. Go Bears!!!


Maria Plummer
Associate Professor
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2021 - you are a special class. You have had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact and you have shown great fortitude, resilience, and perserverance. I have been blessed to know you and to have seen your remarkable growth. I know you will all be superb physicians with great knowledge, compassion, and empathy. In the words of William Osler, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease". You are all great physicians. Be well.


Christopher Olagunju
Assistant Director - International Education

I am wishing the best for all graduates during this pivotal time in your lives. Take time to celebrate as your hard work and determination has lead you to this point. Now is the time for seize the future as you venture in a new normal as there are a number of opportunities available to you all. We all look forward to hearing of your future successes and accomplishments.


Alexandra LaMagna
Assistant Director
Office of Admissions

You all should feel so proud of your accomplishments and perseverance in the most uncertain of times. Now it's time to take that same determination and apply it to your next chapter! Congratulations!!!!

Fritz Petit-Frere
Doctor of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions

Congratulations! All your hard work matters and today you get to celebrate it! I sat in your seat not that long ago, and all I can say is: keep working hard to achieve what you want, it’s not that far away !

Corinne Greene
Budget Auditor
Financial Affairs

A quote by one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln:

"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years."

May God bless you all.

Nelson Eng
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education
College of Osteopathic Medicine

To the Class of 2021,

FDR once said "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

What a tumultuous 4 years it has been as you faced the challenges of medical school, family and a global pandemic.

You are joining a noble profession. People will look to you for reassurance, for help in times of need.They literally will entrust their health and lives to you.

Congratulations on your graduation! I wish that your careers are rewarding both professionally and personally


Jamel Vanderburg
Adjunct Professor
College Of Arts and Science- Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Science

To the Class of 2021: Despite a global pandemic, uncertainty in the job market, and the transition to a virtual reality, despite the shifts in your academic and personal lives, you all have made it. I truly wish you the best in your future endeavors, and remember to never accept the status quo, always ask questions, be critical in your thinking, and always bring your true authentic self to every room and conversation. Change the world, but never be changed by the world.

Mary Bachmann
Associate Registrar
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Good luck in your future careers.


David Oroza
Assistant Director, Admissions
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dear Class of 2021,

Congratulations! Here's to an exciting new future ahead of you. Wishing you happiness as you celebrate your achievements. Well done!


Jerry Balentine

Congratulations and Good Luck to all the great New York Tech graduates!


Adrienne McNally
Director, Experiential Education

Congratulations Class of 2021! Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Michael Landsman
Director, Client Services and Engagement


I know this past year hasn't been easy, but I wanted to offer my congratulations and well wishes for the future! Your hard work and perseverance should be applauded, and you should be very proud of yourself for reaching this monumental accomplishment.

All the best for a happy, healthy, and prosperous future wherever your career takes you.

Michael Landsman


Briana Bronchick
Director, Student Communications
Enrollment Management

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Best wishes for your future!


Rosemary Gallagher
PY, D.P.T., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions

Congratulations DPT Class of 2021! We are so proud of you! Go out and make a difference!

Paul Ferrante
Assistant Director for Student Engagement
Student Engagement and College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations Graduates! You have accomplished some amazing things at Tech, and I know you will bring your innovation and drive for everyone else to see!

To the graduating Fraternity & Sorority Life members, thank you for being such amazing students and being so incredible. You inspire me everyday and remind me to always wear my letters. You’ll always have a place here.

To my School Counseling cohort, it won’t be the same but you’re all amazing counselors! Good luck and congratulations!!


Suzana Rebecca
Senior Specialist
School of Health Profession/Physician Assistant Studies

Congratulations, M.S. Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2021 - YOU DID IT! Your perseverance, hard work, and strength of character have taken you to this moment, ready to use your training and knowledge to make the world a better place for the rest of us. It has truly been a privilege and an honor for me to have had my small role in your 3-year journey. Onwards to the PANCE. Wishing you the best for all that follows in your life and career, and please stay in touch!

Love, Suzana

Scott Friedberg
Arts & Sciences

To my students - I wish you the greatest success. I wish you continued growth, continued insight, and to find every path possible for you to reach your goals and your potential. I wish you growth both as a person and as a professional.

It was my great honor to teach you and it is my hope that you found something valuable in our time together. Never forget the importance of decency and integrity. Mix purpose with a sense of humility as you strive to become the great person inside you.

Advising & Enrichment Center (LI & NYC)

To the Class of 2021, on behalf of the Advising & Enrichment Center (AEC), we CONGRATULATE you on one of your greatest achievements to date! While we know this is just the beginning of many great things to come, this accomplishment shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your dedication to the successful completion of your degree is proof you can achieve anything. We are grateful that you allowed us to be a part of your academic journey and wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

-The AEC


Bobbie Dell'Aquilo
Executive Director, Strategic Messaging

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 and thanks for inspiring us every day…best of luck!!!!


Daniel Cinotti
Director of Counseling Programs
College of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to all of our School Counseling graduates! We are so proud of the work that you have done and so excited about the work you will do. We wish you the best, and do not forget you always have a home at New York Tech!!!

Dr. Eleni Nikitopoulos
Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences/Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences

Congratulations, grads! This year was unprecedented—tough and you made it! Best wishes and much success!


Felipe Henao
Dean of Students
Student Development & Engagement

Felicidades to the Class of 2021!

Best wishes as you embark on the next chapter of your life. Thank you for allowing New York Tech to be part of your academic journey! We can't wait to welcome you back to campus some day. Your perseverance and determination will only propel you to new heights.

Para Adelante/Forward with joy & pride!


Robert Gallagher
Clinical Associate Professor
School of Health Professions

Tribute to the OT Class of 2021!

Three years ago, you had a vision to pursue a career to become an Occupational Therapist. Each of you should be proud of your accomplishment. Dream big and go far. Let not fear sway you from your passion. Dream a dream of greatness and then pursue it. Let wisdom, faith, and your heart guide you. Have faith in yourself, and you can be whatever you want to be and go wherever you want to go. Think it, pursue it, and you will be able to live it.


Kate E. O'Hara
Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Wishing you all the best!
Be sure to keep in touch!


Cheryl Hall
Chair, Program in Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions

Dear DPT Class of 2021

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been part of your journey over the past three years, but your greatest, most fulfilling work lies ahead. Go into the world & leave your mark on peoples' hearts & in their lives.

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden said it best, "‚Make each day your masterpiece."

On behalf of the faculty & staff of the New York Tech DPT Program, we wish you success & happiness always.

With love & best wishes,

Dr. Hall

Jason Van Nest
Associate Professor or Architecture
School of Architecture & Design

Congrats to all this year's School of Architecture graduates! Know that you make all the architecture professors very proud, and we can't wait to see what new ideas you bring into the world. Where ever you go, what ever you do, remember to work smart (not hard), and please keep in touch!


Rachel Morrison

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! You have succeeded in completing your degrees in a very unusual environment, and now you are ready to go out there and face whatever the world has to offer. Remember that those of us who supported you as students are still very much rooting for you to find success in your future. To my HEOP students especially, I expect updates and random visits once the office is open again!

Ghulam Mehmood
DMSc, PA-C Adjunct Professor NYIT-PA Studies
NYIT School of Health Sciences - Physical Assistant Studies

Congratulations! You guys came this far and soon you will be the first point of patient care. Keep your head up and enjoy the journey ahead. Stay focused and best of luck in representing the future of the profession.

Dr. Mehmood


Colleen Kirk
Associate Professor of Marketing
School of Management

Many congratulations, graduates! You have worked hard to achieve this milestone. It's been made more challenging during the pandemic, but think about the stories you will have to tell in the future about studying and graduating during the great pandemic of 2020-21! Warmest wishes for personal and professional happiness and success.

Lori Jirousek-Falls
Associate Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to the New York Tech Class of 2021! The faculty are so proud of you! Stay lifelong learners. We know that you will accomplish wonderful things!


Sebastien Marion
Librarian III
New York Tech Libraries

Once your librarian, always your librarian. It’s been a tremendously difficult year and we are so very proud of you. As you move forward remember that you do so as a member of our family. Ask yourself what you want and then work backwards. Have enough self-confidence to try new things and enough self doubt to question. I hope that each day will be magic for you.


To Shan Li
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication to achieve this important milestone! May your minds, hearts, and hands lead you to deliver the best care possible for your patients.


Cecilia Dong
Associate Professor

College of Engineering and Computing Sciences
Congratulations Class of 2021! You did it. We are proud of your accomplishments and resilience. I wish you the best as you take on new challenges in life and may all your dreams be fulfilled.


Joanne West
Director, Student Engagement and Development Administration and Operations
Student Engagement and Development

Congratulations Class of 2021! I am excited to have you share the title of "Proud New York Tech Alumni" with me. During the difficult times that we have experiences these 14+ months, you have persevered. Bring that level of perseverance into the next chapter of your life and you will thrive. I wish you continued success and best wishes!

Harsh Mehta

Harsh Mehta
Assistant Director of Admissions

These past few semesters have been tough, but you have made it, and it deserves a celebration! Every individual of you has carried the mantra of New York Tech! Because of you, I am proud to be part of the New York Tech family made up of self-starters, doers, markers, healers, and innovators!

Good Luck on all your future endeavors CLASS OF 2021!


Steven Shapiro
Professor Finance
School of Management

Savor this moment! We gone through some tough times, but you have persevered. All the best in your future pursuits.


Xun Yu
Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Congratulations, class of 2021! So proud of your achievements, especially under the pandemic situation in the past year and half!

Best wishes to your future career!!! Hope you will come back and we will be excited to hear your success!


Swapna Gantasala
Assistant Professor
School of Management

Dear Class of 2021,


You did it…
Such tough times around the world, but nothing stopped you from achieving what you desired for…
You are an inspiration for everyone around and wish you all the best in all your future endeavors…
You fought the worst, so, there is no challenge out there that you cannot win over…

Have an amazing time with your loved ones…
Blessings and prayers for each of you…



Karen Vahey
Dean, Admissions & Financial Aid
Enrollment Management

Make us proud!


Deborah Y. Cohn
Professor, Senior Lead
School of Management

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!!! You persevered through these difficult times in order to reach this momentous day. I am proud of your achievements. Now is the time to celebrate!!

The class of 2021 is strong and resilient. You are career-ready to take on the new normal of the business world. With much respect and admiration for all of you. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!!!!


Niharika Nath
College of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to all graduating students! You achieved so much through your motivation and energy. You stayed focused in coursework and volunteer- or course research whether in-person, online or remote. You contributed to the college community by your engagement in clubs and career service activities, and in various committees, SGA and Senate participation; the pandemic didn’t stop you. You are New York Tech! I wish you a bright career and many successes!


Tanya Patterson-Stanley
Assistant Director
College of Osteopathic Medicine Financial Aid

My how these years went by so quickly. Many of you had so many concerns on day one but look at you now. Remember what you were taught and remember that you not only represent NYITCOM, you represent your families and friends who supported you along the way. Remember to always keep learning and listening and sharing. Congratulations and best wishes in this new chapter of your lives. You are always able to contact us if should anything or just to say hi.


Victoria Pfeiffer
Executive Director, Operations and Planning
Academic Affairs

CONGRATULATIONS and BEST of LUCK to the Class of 2021 for all your great accomplishments and a bright future ahead!


Edward Guiliano
President Emeritus and Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Felicitations. Earning an NYIT degree is an important signpost and benchmark on a life-long journey to academic, practical, personal and emotional growth. Keep learning and benefiting. I wish you the best of luck on this journey.


Rosemary Burgos-Mira
Director of Library Services

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! You did it! Wishing you the best in all your future endeavors.

Deitra Diggins
Administrative Specialist
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Congratulations Class of 2021. Wishing you the very best as you enter the next chapter of your lives!


Thomas Shea
Associate Director - Undergraduate Admissions
Enrollment Services - Admissions

To all of our graduating Student Ambassadors from the admissions office,

Congratulations on this excellent achievement and all the hard work you have accomplished to get to this point!

You will all always have a special place in the New York Tech family. We look forward to keeping in touch with you and seeing all of the great things you go on to do.

Best of luck with all future endeavors!


Michael Terzella
Associate Professor
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dear Class of 2021,

Congratulations on your graduation! You met all the challenges - academic, personal, and pandemic - and overcame them all. Whether you are moving on to a residency program, a graduate program, or a getting a job related to your course of study, I wish you all well.

To the COM graduates:
Yoda said, "DO or DO not. There is no try."
Go out there and DO what you were trained to DO. Your patients will reap the benefits of your labors.

Nicole Klein
Manager, Events & Conferences
Strategic Communications & External Affairs

With much respect, admiration, and awe, I congratulate you all on your graduation for New York Tech! Best wishes for happiness and success!


Nicole Sheehan
Advising and Enrichment Center

Congratulations Class of 2021! You should be proud of the accomplishments you have achieved in such a unique time. Your hard work has paid off! Wishing you all success in your future!


Anthony Normil
Lab Academic Technician
Information Technology

You all should be proud of not only graduating but for also following your instincts during this journey into the future you. It brings me great pleasure to be able to witness a outstanding group of successful people. We all are watching and wishing you all the best as you live out your truths while enjoying life.


Jane Polizzi
Assistant Dean Administration and Operations
College of Engineering & Computing Sciences

Congratulations to all of the wonderful students of New York Tech as we celebrate your graduation and accomplishments!

Special congratulations to Jessica Polizzi on her BS in Life Sciences.

Wishing all much future success and happiness.


Diamando Afxentiou
school of Management

Congratulations to all graduates and especially to the ones from the School of Management!!!

Best wishes for personal and professional success!!!

Ingrid Russo
Associate Bursar

You have so much to be proud of - sending wishes of good luck, success and happy landings!


Jeffrey Ting
Adjunct Prof
Electrical Engineering

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve worked hard and should be very proud of yourselves. Please stay in touch and let me know how you’re doing!

Peter Goldsmith
Adjunct Assist. Professor
College of Engineering & Computing Sciences

May all your startups be successful, and keep trying if first you don’t succeed.


Todd Cohen
Chief of Cardiology
College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am so proud of this graduating class of 2021! May your exciting medical education journey continue, and your passion reignite as you enter this new phase of your life. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and remember that you will always have a special place in my heart (no pun intended).

Sincerely, Todd Cohen MD

Thomas Zimmerman
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dear Class of 2021,

This year has presented numerous challenges above and beyond those that medical school typically provides. Despite it all, you have all persevered and proven yourselves through hours of hard work, dedication to your own education, and support of your family & loved ones. Remember that medicine is a career of lifelong learning and that there is always an opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills. Reach for the stars and you will achieve your goals. Congratulations!


Venugopal Prabhakar Gantasala
Program Director MBA
School of Management

What a momentous occasion for you to celebrate and be proud of. Many congratulations on your well-deserved graduation. On this day you are setting out to work in ways that positively influence the Planet, its People and towards your own Self-actualization. Never Forget your family and teachers who have Undeniably made you the Complete and Knowledgeable person that you are today, go out to Find your dreams with Open hearts, be Leaders of Example, and Yours is the earth and all that is in it.


Eve Armstrong
Assistant Professor
College of Arts & Sciences, Physics

Dear Grads,

I pulled off crazy stuff as an undergrad, like living off twizzlers and peanut butter and pulling three all-nighters in a row. But I can’t imagine having done it over zoom. It is beyond me, how you mustered the will, focus, and drive to persevere in an environment designed for a robot rather than a creative mind. I bow to you. And so now I can only conclude that you are going to be able to do *anything*.

Evidently, our world’s future is in good hands. Thank you.


Reem Abu-Sbaih
College of Osteopathic Medicine

I’m so proud. Look how far you’ve come. From when you didn’t t would ever end… To now on the precipice of what lies ahead. Be the best physician you can be for you and your pts. You. Veve chosen an enriching path. ASwgsearch for truth. Be patient and kind. Physician to thine own self be true. And heal thyself.. You will be helping others when you model self-care. Lifes short. Do the things you want to do. Remember we are here as a resource. Keep in touch. You’ll be missed.


Robert Sherwin
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Science

Congratulations and very best wishes in all future endeavors to graduating Communication Arts students. May the force be with you!

Stella Leandrou
Administrative Assistant
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Dear Health Graduates,
We are so proud of you, congratulations on your determination and dedication. The health care professions are fortunate to have you on their side!

Good luck in your future.


Mindy Haar
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Affairs/Chair, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
School of Health Professions

Congratulation to all of our graduates! We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you much luck and satisfaction in your next chapter. Best, Dr. Haar


Thomas Troisi
Adjunct Assistant Professor of School Leadership and Technology
Liberal Arts

My best wishes to the Class of 2021!  You have worked diligently through some difficult times and achieved your academic goals. Best wishes for continued success!


James Fauvell
Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to all of the Comm Arts students graduating today. In this time of covid, you have distinguished yourselves by adapting with honor and creativity, I am in aw of all of you!

Always remember the responsibility you carry with you as media experts. Remember the role you play in the world as an artist and communicator and most important, remember that life is all about the journey you chose and the people you take along with you.

Be kind, remain accepting and change our world.


Patrick Minson
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Office of Development and Alumni Relations

Congratulations to each and every one of you on this remarkable achievement. It gives me great pleasure to celebrate your graduation with you and welcome you to a global network of over 100,000 alumni. I hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are of you. I cannot wait to see you back on campus and hear about your professional and personal accomplishments.


Sabrina Polidoro
Office of Development and Alumni Relations

CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2021! On behalf of the Alumni Association Board, I am so excited to welcome you to the association; a powerful network of more than 109,000 alumni worldwide. Remember that life is a journey, not a destination. Your journey has only just begun and as your continue on this adventure, I share with you the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." Best wishes on much success! Go Bears!

Bonnie Love
Prof. Bonnie Love
College of Arts and Sciences

Wishing all the graduates the best of everything the future holds.

You have worked hard to reach this milestone, so enjoy the day!


Elisabete Ferretti
Director, Branch Services - NYC Library
NYC Library

Warmest congratulations on your graduation! You did it!

Rose Anne Urban
Adjunct Lab Faculty
Health Professionals

All of your hard work has led to this day. Class of 2021!!

It has been a pleasure to teach you about the profession I treasure most—Nursing. Please take with you the learning experiences I have shared in the Nursing Lab.

Good luck in your future endeavors and may you show, all people you care for, compassion and attention when they need you the most.

Success to all!


Maria Lapadula Perez
Chairperson and Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences

Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2021! The past year has presented many unique challenges and you have all persevered and succeeded. This is an amazing accomplishment and should be celebrated. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors.


Tiffani Blake
Assistant Provost for Student Engagement & Development
Academic Affairs

Congratulations on this major accomplishment! May all that you have learned during your academic journey at New York Tech provide you with a career filled with success, joy and an opportunity to help others. Please remember to stay in touch and engage with us as a New York Tech alum!


Dong-Sei Kim
Assistant Professor & Assistant Chair
School of Architecture and Design

A huge congratulations to the Class of 2021 and their families!
I wish you my very best for your next endeavors!
Keep in touch!

Patricia Lauren
College of Arts & Sciences

Dear Graduating Students,

You have worked arduously. You have not only added to your repertoire of knowledge, but also contributed insight and knowledge to us.

As you walk through the Door of Limitless Possibilities Smile and Enjoy.



Eileen Gazzola
Senior Grant Coordinator & IRB Administrator
Sponsored Programs and Research

Congratulations to the 2021 Graduates!
Best wishes and continued success in all of your future endeavors!

Beatrice Figueroa
Online Program and Design Manager
Center for Teaching and Learning

Dear New York Tech Students,

Congratulations on earning a University degree! Never a small achievement and certainly a great one in our times.

You are each amazing in your own individual way. This is evident in the care, commitment, and creativity that are reflected in your accomplishments.

Stay well and inspired to do what you do best, make a difference, and innovate!

Best wishes.


Junius Gonzales
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs

To all graduates and their loved ones,

Felicitations and kudos for your accomplishments, especially with the challenges of the last year plus! You are already inspirations for others, and go and catalyze more positive change!

Tracey Segal-Nachamie
Adjunct Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to the New York Tech Class or 2021.

It has been an honor and privilege to be part of developing the next generation of School Counselors.

As Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". As you move on to the next chapter of life, you will make a difference in the world one child at a time.


Vanessa Viola
Associate Director / Architecture Librarian
Education Hall Art & Architecture Library

Dear Graduate School of Architecture & Design Students,

Congratulations on all you have accomplished! Believe me—it’s just the beginning!

Revel the adventures ahead; build upon what you have learned.

Take Care.


Christine Kerigan
Department Coordinator
Digital Art and Design

Dear 2021 Graduates,

You did it! You had to deal with a lot of change and new ways of dealing and growing in your college degree and did so with grace.

To the students in the Digital Art and Design department - congrats, this is the moment you have been waiting for! Now you have to take charge, be creative and never stop reaching for the stars



Michaelson Eustache
Assistant Director of Admissions

To all of our graduating Student Ambassadors from the admissions office, Congratulations on this excellent achievement and all the hard work you have accomplished to get to this point! The admissions team truly appreciates all of your hard work and dedication, you will all always have a special place in the New York Tech family. We look forward to keeping in touch with you and seeing all of the great things you go on to accomplish. Best of luck with all future endeavors!

Joseph Boccagno

Joseph Boccagno
Senior Front-End Developer
Strategic Communications & External Affairs

Congratulations to the class of 2021 on your well-deserved success! It took a lot of hard work to reach this goal and we are all so proud of you. Good luck in your future endeavors. Go Bears!


Nicole Calma-Roddin
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations, Class of 2021! I am so glad to have gotten to know so many of you and am excited to see all you will do!


Isaac Kurtzer
Assistant Professor
College of Osteopathic Medicine

What adventures you’ve surely had and will surely have ahead! Congratulations, best luck, and keep trucking!

Well Wishes from Alumni

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Soukaina Himmi

Soukaina Himmi
Class of '15
School of Management

Congratulation class of 2021! I wish you all the success in your professional career! Keep on shining ✨

Frank Bruno
Class of '85
Chief Executive Officer
School of Management

Dear Graduates!

Congratulations on your achievement! I know many of you probably worked in the business world as you earned your degree. That makes your accomplishment all the sweeter! I can attest that a degree from New York Tech has great value. I’ve been a city manager, a university vice chancellor, and a CEO thanks to my M.S. and the rigor of the coursework. Never doubt your worth and keep learning throughout your life!


Frank W. Bruno
Boulder, Colorado

Jim Powers

Jim Powers
Class of '82

Dear Graduates,

As a proud alum, adjunct professor, and a FRIENDS board member, I want to wish you the best of luck on your graduation and your future careers. Now that you're part of the family, stay involved with your family. Don't burn any bridges, as you know they're hard to design and build. Continue to learn…that never stops, even if you don't earn 3 credits for the time.

Don't forget to give back and/or pay it forward…by mentoring, teaching, contributing.

Best, Jim Powers, AIA '82

George Rodriguez
Class of '00

As a 1985 B.F.A. graduate and an M.B.A. graduate in 2000, I have very fond memories of New York Institute of Technology that I still cherish. The education I received has helped me in my career and, although not evident in my early years, it has made a difference in my later years professionally.

Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B. King

Jennifer Kelly Campbell

Jennifer Kelly Campbell
Class of '99
School of Management

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! You have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges and are prepared to contribute your unique skills to the workforce and your community. Earning a college degree is a prestigious milestone without the complications of a global pandemic. You are the toughest, strongest Bears to graduate in Tech's history! Stay in touch with your New York Tech family, we are proud to welcome you into the the alumni community! All the best to you!!!

Jeff Pavell
Class of '20 Attending physician PM and R/ Englewood NJ
School of Management

To the senior students,

The students that rotated with me were some of the best we have had. The office staff and physician colleagues still comment how good they were.


Dr. Jeff Pavell
Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine
Englewood Health

Sonia George

Sonia George
Class of '12
College of Osteopathic Medicine B.S./D.O.

Congratulations and best of luck to the Class of 2021! Special shout out to Dr. Reshma George and Dr. Stephanie Jose. I have had the pleasure of watching them both grow up to be young, smart, beautiful, and successful women. I have no doubt you will both achieve whatever you put your minds to.

Keith Burger, II
Class of '01
School of Architecture

Congratulations to the Class of 2021…Dream and Achieve!

Bishara Abdul-Hamid

Bishara Abdul-Hamid
Class of '15
Full-Stack Software Engineer Director of Technology/E-Learning Designer and Information Technologist.
New York Institute of Technology

Congratulations Graduates! With steadfast perseverance and determination, you have found a way to make a way. Don't just consume. Learn how to tell your own story. Commit to service. Promote critical thinking and problem-solving. Continue to achieve your goals and focus on how you can be the change you want to see. "Excellence is never an accident."

Russ Gordon
Class of '73
Former Owner of Innovative Media Works, inc

When you move into the working world, sometimes you'll fall a few steps, but then you'll learn more, you'll ascend higher and higher. Remember " it's easy to win but losing will show you the direction you must take to become a winner". Look at successful people. They didn't always achieve success without having first failed miserably. Take some chances and don't look back.

Best of luck in your personal journey. Life is all in front of you now. Enjoy it.

Brian Kramer

Brian Kramer
Class of '20
General Manager
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

I would like to wish graduating class of 2021 the very best as they begin the next chapter of their professional careers. You have been given a gift to be a New York Tech graduate that I know you will put to good use. We are all proud of you and look forward to hearing about all the great things you will accomplish in your lives.

Congratulations Graduates!

Frank A.J. Krawiecki
Class of '70
Collage of Engineering - Thermodynamics, Long Island Campus

Congratulations to the graduation class of 2021! Your hard work has finally paid off and now you’re ready to embark on your chosen careers. Always remember, determination is the secret of success! My best wishes for a long and fruitful life ahead. Go Bears! Frank A. J. Krawiecki, ARM, B.S., M.B.A.

Riley Bernadette

Bernadette Riley
Class of '05
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Wishing you all the best in your osteopathic medical career. Congratulations on your accomplishments! Please stay connected in your advocacy for your patients, healthcare, and in your profession.

Rajendra Rao
Class of '14
Vancouver Campus

Dear Class of 2021,

I can relate to the feelings you went through on your first day at New York Tech. It took me to the days when I started my journey, and I still remember the pleasant feeling of meeting my new colleagues and professors. Everyday was an adventure. I feel blessed that I chose New York Tech to make my dreams come true. I wish you all a wonderful and productive time on your journey with so many dreams in your mind. May you all be blessed and get success in life!

Ayana Walker

Ayana Walker
Class of '00
Senior Systems Analyst

Staying the course this past year had some challenges, however you persevered and made it through. Continue to go forward and be great in all that you do!! Sending a huge CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2021!

Mark Baran
Class of '68
Communication Arts

I’m very proud to see the many accomplishments by the college in the past 60 years. Congratulations to all of the 2021 graduates. May they reach their respective goals in the coming years.


Abdulaziz Abaalkhail
Class of '18
Communication Art

Dear students,

It was a difficult year with the current circumstances, but now you see the achievement, congratulations for graduation!

Julie Piccione

Congratulations to NYITCOM's brightest upcoming docs! We love you Rachel, Emily and Aaron!! With love, The Doods Family


Riddhi Patel
Class of '19
Software Engineer
College of Engineering and Computing Sciences - Info, Network & Comp Security

Warmest congratulations on your graduation and all the very best for future adventures. Past year had been difficult but you kept your spirit up and made it through. Graduation is very proud moment so enjoy it in your best possible way.

Keep rocking!


Qi Sun
Class of '01
Dir. Global Sourcing

Wish all the students have a great time at the commencement and bright future in career. It has been difficult for everybody for the past year, but it's the dark before the dawn. Looking forward to the brightness.



Beverley Hanson
Class of '20

It is a pleasure to extend my congratulations to the class of 2021. Your tremendous hard work brought you to this exhilarating moment. Please take the time to bask in it as your achievement is well-earned. I wish you great success as you move forward.

Peter March
Class of '84
NBC Universal Scheduling Technology Manager

Your success will pay off in spades in your life as it has for me.


Ruyu Hua
Class of '20
College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Congratulations to the graduation class of 2021! Really proud of you!!!

Go Bears! Good Luck with all your future endeavors.

Wish you continued success and best wishes!

Andrea Coladner
Class of '20
College of Osteopathic Medicine

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Continue to work hard throughout your residency, be honest with yourself regarding what you want out of this career, and make time every day to laugh.

Edward Pino
Class of '72
BS/MS Behavioral Science/Counseling

Congratulations to the class of 2021. Good luck!


Tony Jean
Class of '04
Communication Art

Congratulations to the class of 2021, I have found memory’s Of NYIT. My career with ESPN and MSG Network would not be where it’s at without out the skilled and connections I made at NYIT. Never stop dreaming and continue striving for the best.

Greg Saggio
Class of '94
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Congratulations to all the grads. What a great achievement.

Work hard. Always be available for your patients. Always be honest and always be humble. Learn to communicate well with all your patients and their families. Always have a good work life balance. Good luck. We are very proud of you.

Danny LaVardera
Class of '92
Lead Engineer in NY

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!! You accomplished alot in this unusual year of a Global Pandemic. You have much to be proud of. Your future is bright.


Colin Montoute
Class of '99
Director of Architecture
School of Architecture & Design

Dear Class of 2021.

You are leaving school at a time where your skills, knowledge, and ability to shape the future are more needed than any in recent memory, if ever.

Use your powers to create a more compassionate, considerate, and equitable world.

It is your time!

James Schlichting
Class of '89
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Congratulations on your incredible achievement, today is a day you can look back with such pride on all that you have accomplished. The challenges you have faced this past year in the battle with covid have been immense, and you are to be commended for how you have emerged from them. Lots of good luck moving forward in all your endeavors. I cannot wait to hear more about the accomplishments of the class of 2021 moving forward.

James P. Schlichting, D.O., Psy.D

Donna Baldassare
Class of '08
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Best of luck to all of you!!!


Nihallipal Reddy Sripathi
Class of '17

Chase your Dreams
Burst out at the Seams
Never stop Trying
Never stop Learning
Live life to the Fullest
Give it nothing but your Best!
Congratulations on your Graduation!
Being graduated from NYIT is the best thing that ever happened to me. Today I work as Robotics Engineer at a Financial institution and I'm able to achieve it because of the knowledge I received from the research, practical labs and professors from NYIT.
Proud to be the #Alumni NYIT

Judy Burns
Class of '86
New York Institute of Technology MBA

Congratulations for a job well done! You have made it through some challenging times, which will only help you thrive as you navigate around our “new normal!” Best wishes for continued success!

Cindy Begel
Class of '79
TV writer-producer
New York Tech Communications Arts M.A.

You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2021. The education I got at NYIT helped me rocket towards my career goals which seemed impossible. Now it's your chance to turn your dreams into reality. Say YES to every opportunity, find mentors who are doing what you want to do, dismiss the naysayers, and with passion and perseverance forge your path. Make the world a better place. If you need an alumnus for a hand up, we're here!


Any ODonnell
Class of '05
School of Management

Congratulations on the culmination of your hard work!! Wishing you all a lot of luck with your future endeavors. Don't forget to dream and keep your eye on your goals!!

Stephen Cannizzaro
Class of '90
Sentinel, Sons and Daughters of Italy in America
New York Tech Business School

I'd like to wish everyone in the graduating class my best wishes and continued success in your endeavors.  Good results come in good time.

Aziz Tetou
Class of '11
Contracting Officer

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! You have achieved something truly amazing already by graduating this year during this pandemic. I wish you all good luck and success in your future endeavors!


Simrat Nijjer

Wishing everyone Congratulations on your Graduation. Wishing that bigger opportunities comes your way and you achieve success in all of them. It's time to celebrate all the hard work that led to this joyful occasion.

Scott Fitchett
Class of '01

God bless you all with repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Congratulations to all graduates and a special thanks to the professors, administrators, and all boards for your hard work. Thanks again.

Debra Tripptree

Congratulations and best wishes to my daughter, Taylor Tripptree, and all of the graduating students of NYIT.  Your hard work, commitment, and dedication to your studies has paid off!

Wishing you a very bright future. Enjoy and celebrate this wonder occasion!


Nancy Bono
Class of '92
Chair / Associate Professor 
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Special Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

With joy, I want to congratulate each and every one of you for your success, achievements and growth. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and cherish your future endeavors! The future is yours, go conquer it!

Corri Wolf
Interim Chair, Department of PA Studies
School of Health Professions

Dear Class of 2021,

The Department of PA Studies is very proud of all you have accomplished.

We know you will be a great success and an asset to your healthcare team.

Best of Luck!

Mitin Verma
Class of '06
Library Associate
College of Osteopathic Medicine

This is an amazing accomplishment for the class of 2021 and I am honored to share in the excitement of your graduation day, congratulations on your well-deserved success. Your hard work, talent and vision makes a tremendous difference.  As a alumni myself you will always remember this day. I extend best wishes for continued success and opportunities that lie ahead.

Claudia Finkle
Class of '19

Congratulations on becoming the latest bears to join the alumnus group. I hope that you feel as prepared, as I did, to embark on your new adventure. Congratulations class of 2021!

Felix Ajuonuma
Class of '16
Capefear Valley Hospital

Congratulations to the great class of 2021.

You have come a long way. You also witnessed the pandemic and it’s impact and changes to our lives and the practice of your profession now and in the future.

Continue to strive for the best and be a good ambassador to our great NYITCOM.

Go forth and conquer.