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Rep. Steve Israel to Deliver LIU Post Commencement Address

More than 2,200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates to be conferred; final LIU Post Commencement for retiring LIU President Dr. David J. Steinberg


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Steve IsraelBrookville, N.Y. –  U.S. Rep. Steve Israel will deliver the keynote address at the 55th commencement exercises at Long Island University/LIU Post Friday, May 10, 2013.

Rep. Israel represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes the communities of Huntington, North Hempstead, Queens, Oyster Bay and Smithtown. He was first sworn into Congress in 2001. A member of the House leadership, Rep. Israel is the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

More than 9,000 graduates, families, guests and university officials will attend the ceremony, which will be held under an expansive tent on the Great Lawn beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Class of 2013 includes 2,227 students who will be awarded bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates from Long Island University’s three Long Island campuses: LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y., LIU Brentwood in Brentwood, N.Y. and LIU Riverhead in Riverhead, N.Y. 

Congressman Israel and Brian Patrick Lamb, founder and executive chairman of Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN), will receive honorary doctorates.

Asya AshourThe valedictorian of the Class of 2013 is Asya Ashour of Holtsville, N.Y. An accountancy major, English minor and member of the LIU Post Honors and Merit Fellowship Program, she began college at the age of 16 at Suffolk Community College where she earned an associate degree and was awarded a full scholarship to LIU Post as part of SCCC’s Stay on Long Island Initiative. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, she has tutored accounting students, volunteered to help low-income Long Islanders prepare their taxes, and written for the LIU Post student newspaper, The Pioneer.

Minqi LiThe salutatorian is Minqi Li of China, who currently resides in Flushing, N.Y. An accountancy major with a 3.9 GPA, she is the first international student to be selected salutatorian at LIU Post. Known for her academic excellence, strong work ethic, and track record of helping others, she has tutored fellow students in accounting, economics and other subjects, and helped strengthen the connection between the campus Learning Support Center and the International Student Services office. She also conducted research with her professors, served as an orientation leader for international students and helped low- and middle-income Long Islanders prepare their tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Dr. David steinbergThe Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service will be awarded to Dr. David J. Steinberg, president of Long Island University, who is retiring this summer after 27 years as chief executive officer of one of the largest private universities in the nation.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Winifred B. Mack, regional executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Eastern Region, who graduated from LIU Post with a B.S. in nursing in 1975 and an M.P.A. in public administration in 1983.

The Long Island Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award will be presented to Maria Panuccio Brown, a science teacher at Sayville High School and a 2005 graduate of LIU Post with an M.S. in environmental science.

Five LIU Post faculty members celebrating 30 years of service will also be honored on graduation day. They include James Bednarz, Ph.D., professor of English; Barbara R. Fowles, Ph.D., chair of the Media Arts Department; Mellissa J. Hinton, ’84 (M.S.), ’89 (M.A.), D.A., head of technical services, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library; Nancy Peters, Ph.D., chair of the Chemistry Department; and Maria Zarycky ’87 (M.S.), librarian in the Instructional Media Center (IMC) of the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.

Commencement 2013 includes the first graduates of LIU Post's Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, which prepares students for senior positions as principals, superintendents, curriculum developers and college professors. Other programs graduating their first students include the M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development and the fully online Advanced Certificate in Mobile GIS Applications Development at LIU Post, and the upper-division B.A. in Communications Studies – New Media at LIU Riverhead.

At LIU Post, degrees are awarded from five schools of study: the College of Education, Information and Technology; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the College of Management; the School of Health Professions and Nursing; and the School of Visual and Performing Arts. LIU Brentwood students will be awarded degrees in education, criminal justice and counseling; LIU Riverhead students are receiving degrees and advanced certificates in communications studies, education, homeland security management and cyber security policy.

Commencement 2013 will celebrate the achievements of 936 baccalaureate students, 913 master's degree candidates, 28 doctoral candidates, and 164 students who have competed advanced certificates from LIU Post; 12 baccalaureate students, 149 master's degree candidates, and two students who have competed advanced certificates from LIU Brentwood; and 14 bachelor’s degrees, 37 master’s degrees and nine advanced certificates from LIU Riverhead.

Presiding over the main ceremony is Dr. Paul H. Forestell, a marine scientist, psychologist and provost of LIU Post, LIU Brentwood and LIU Riverhead.

For more information about LIU Post’s Commencement exercises visit or call (516) 299-2350.

Posted 04/24/2013

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