Students celebrating at New York Tech


Welcome to Commencement 2024

May 19, 2024
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Bakhtawar Shahbaz (B.S., Psychology), an international student from faisalabad, pakistan, addresses the class of 2022.

News Coverage:

New York Tech Celebrates Its 63rd Commencement

New York Institute of Technology graduates, family members, and friends joined faculty, staff, and administration in person on May 19 at the university’s Long Island campus to celebrate its 63rd annual commencement.

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Commencement Highlights

Commencement Program

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Honorary Degree Recipients

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, Ph.D., PE (B.S. ’84)
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
Henry Samueli Endowed Chair
University of California, Irvine

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou’s research seeks to develop a fundamental understanding of the cellular, biochemical, and biomechanical characteristics of cartilages, knee meniscus, facet joints, nose, and TMJ, and to use this information to develop rational and novel approaches for tissue engineering and regeneration. His research group is the first to demonstrate cartilage engineering using human embryonic stem cells, and his trailblazing work in biomedical engineering is recognized by his election to the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors.

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His established bioengineering research group, specializing in the tissues of the musculoskeletal system with particular emphasis on the various cartilages, has published 388 peer-reviewed articles, 364 conference proceedings and abstracts, 21 books, and 38 U.S. patents (including three trademarks), achieving deep and sustained impacts in musculoskeletal bioengineering, stem cell bioengineering, and biomechanics, as they relate to tissue engineering.

Athanasiou has founded five companies which have brought to the market 15 Food and Drug Administration-approved and widely used products. His patents on biodegradable scaffolds resulted in the first cartilage implant used to treat focal lesions in knee injuries, and his invention on intraosseous infusion has won The Wall Street Journal's Innovation award. He is also known for his tremendous service to the bioengineering profession, having served as the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) president and editor-in-chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology, and an M.S., Ph.M., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has received the Medal of Excellence from the Republic of Cyprus, which the country’s president presents to one individual every year, the Pritzker Award from BMES, and was named a Great American in 2023 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, among numerous other accolades.

Cato T. Laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor, University of Connecticut

Cato Laurencin is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and professor of chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and biomedical engineering at the University of Connecticut, where he is also one of only two faculty distinguished with the title of University Professor. Additionally, he is the chief executive officer of The Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering.

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Named to America’s Top Doctors for 20 years and named a Connecticut Top Doctor and Connecticut Healthcare Hero by Connecticut Magazine, Laurencin earned his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Harvard, where he was named chief resident at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. A specialist in shoulder surgery and sports medicine, he completed fellowship training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Laurencin is an awarded orthopaedic surgeon, a pioneer in the field of regenerative engineering, and an expert in biomaterials science, stem cell technology, biophysics, and nanotechnology. In receiving the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP, he was named as the world’s foremost engineer-physician-scientist. He is also an inventor and was named Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Foundation. He is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, America’s highest honor for technical achievement, awarded by President Barack Obama.

Laurencin is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is the first surgeon in history elected to all four national academies in the United States.