Students celebrating at New York Tech


Welcome to Commencement 2023

May 21, 2023
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

New York Institute of Technology’s 62nd annual commencement will be held on Sunday, May 21 at New York Tech’s Long Island campus in Old Westbury, N.Y.

During the individual school/college ceremonies, which will immediately follow main ceremony, graduates will be individually recognized and receive their diploma holders. Live stream information for the main and individual school ceremonies will be posted shortly.

Schedule of Events

8 a.m.

Parking lots open and shuttle service begins.

8:15 a.m.

Students report to President's Stadium

8:30 a.m.

Main tent opens for guest seating. Graduates line up in President's Stadium.

9 a.m.

Student processional begins. Watch the live stream here.

Approximately 11:15 a.m.

Commencement ceremony ends. Graduates and guests proceed to individual school ceremonies taking place in tents near the main tent.

Approximately 11:30 a.m.

School ceremonies begin.

Approximately 2 p.m.

School ceremonies end.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Eli Wachtel

Eli Wachtel (B.S. ’72)
Co-CIO and Founding Member of Wachtel Capital LLC

Eli Wachtel is currently the co-CIO and founding member of Wachtel Capital LLC, a hedge fund primarily engaged in classical arbitrage and opportunistically seeking investments in the private capital markets. Until August 2008, Wachtel was a senior managing director and a member of the Board of Directors of Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. (BSC). During his 27 years with BSC, he created and managed various businesses, focusing his final four years on building the firm’s energy franchise.

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Under his leadership, the BSC Energy Division began with proprietary investments and trading. He expanded its activities in 2004, with the creation of Arroyo, a private equity arm, to purchase power generation assets. In 2005, he formed a joint venture with Calpine to exploit physical trading opportunities in power and natural gas, and in 2006, he formed Bear Energy, a full-fledged international energy operation with a current head count of 260 professionals. Realized and unrealized revenues during his tenure exceeded $1.35 billion.

Concurrent with his energy activities, Wachtel also headed the firm’s Strategic Structuring and Transactions (SST) department, a principal proprietary trading group engaging in classical and statistical arbitrage activities in the global capital markets. The department was also a firmwide resource for new product development and structuring. During his 10-plus years as the head of SST, the department generated $850 million in revenues and never had a losing quarter. During his tenure with the firm, Wachtel also managed the International Equities Trading department, handing it over after a tenfold increase in revenues. Other contributions included the creation and oversight of a group to assist the Private Client Services department, transforming their activities to a fee-based business. Prior to joining BSC, Wachtel was the trading partner at Bedford Partners.

Wachtel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from New York Institute of Technology and is also a Certified Public Accountant. He has four grown children and six grandchildren. He has been active on a variety of charitable boards, including his alma mater and New York Law School, where he was co-chairman of its investment committee. Besides work, Wachtel’s passion is art.

Antonio Bianco

Antonio C. Bianco, M.D., Ph.D
Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago

Antonio Bianco is a physician-scientist and a writer working in the thyroid field. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. in Human Physiology in São Paulo, Brazil, and later immigrated to the United States where he maintains a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded laboratory. Together with his graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and collaborators, Bianco has published in the area of thyroid hormone metabolism and action, with implications for the treatment of patients with hypothyroidism.

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His research career has focused on how T3 (triiodothyronine) initiates or terminates critical biological steps while maintaining relatively stable plasma levels. Bianco’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and elections to membership in prestigious professional societies. He served as a regular member of NIH study sections and the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and also served in different administrative capacities such as chief of endocrinology at the University of Miami and Rush University, where he also served as president of the medical practice. Bianco was elected and served as president of the American Thyroid Association in 2016.