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LIU Post’s Class of 2014 to be Honored at Commencement on May 9


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LIU Post graduatesLIU Post is holding its 56th annual commencement in Brookville, N.Y., on Friday, May 9. 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 2014 includes 2,296 students who will be awarded bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees, or advanced certificates from LIU’s three Long Island campuses: LIU Post, LIU Brentwood, and LIU Riverhead. 

The valedictorian of the Class of 2014, Petter Holmsen of Norway, is a film major who has produced numerous internationally recognized short films during his time at LIU. He is an exceptional student and leader, and was selected not only for his film work, but for being a role model and inspiration to fellow students.

The salutatorian, Maria Simone Otterlei, majored in broadcasting in the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Moving from Norway to New York to study and pursue her dream of working in television production, Otterlei proved that she could successfully juggle her classwork, interning in New York City, and being an active part of the LIU community, during her studies here.

In addition, the LIU Post Teacher of the Year award will be presented to Mary Cronin, a teacher at Roslyn High School for the past 21 years, who began her teaching career in 1973. Cronin, known for her teaching initiative, was selected for not only taking the time to help her fellow teachers, but for her commitment to her students. Cronin has also participated in the Science Olympiad Regional High School Competition for many years, as both a coach and volunteer event supervisor.

The LIU community will also celebrate three faculty members who will be honored for 30-, 40-, and 50-year service to LIU Post. They include Lorene Hiris, Ph.D., professor of finance in the College of Management, for her more than 30 years of dedication to LIU Post; Steve Hollander, Ph.D., associate professor of education in the College of Education, Information, and Technology, who began his tenure at LIU Post more than 40 years ago in September 1973; and Phyllis Dircks, Ph.D., a senior professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts, and Sciences, for her 50 years of service to LIU Post.

Honorary degree recipients include Sarabeth Levine, renowned pastry chef and founder of Sarabeth’s restaurants, who earned her B.A. in sociology from LIU Post in 1964, and Edward Travaglianti, who has served as a trustee of LIU for more than 23 years, including as chairman of the board from 2005 to January 2014. 

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, and LIU Riverhead students are receiving degrees and advanced certificates in communication studies, education, homeland security management, and cyber security policy.

Commencement 2014 will celebrate the achievements of 1,060 baccalaureate students, 1,194 master’s degree candidates, 42 doctoral candidates, 1 associate’s degree, 2 undergraduate certificates, and 208 who have completed advanced certificates.

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Posted 05/06/2014

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