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LIU Post Celebrates Class of 2014


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LIU Post GraduatesLIU Post held its 56th annual commencement on May 9, in Brookville, N.Y., on the campus’ Great Lawn. More than 9,000 graduates, families, guests, and university officials gathered to celebrate and honor the outstanding achievements of the Class of 2014, which included 2,296 students who earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees, or advanced certificates from LIU Post, LIU Brentwood, and LIU Riverhead. 

Cara Gargano, Ph.D., the grand marshal of commencement 2014, and a department chair in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post, welcomed graduates and guests. Eric Krasnoff, chairman of the board of trustees of Long Island University, encouraged graduates to go out and write their own great stories. The valedictorian of the Class of 2014, Petter Holmsen of Norway, a film major who has produced numerous internationally recognized short films during his time at LIU, delivered the keynote speech. He advised his classmates to figure out what success means to them: “Once you know that, then, do it. Then, do what matters to you, and once you matter to yourself, you can matter to the people around you.”

Jeffrey Kane, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs at LIU, presented the Teacher of the Year award to Mary Cronin, a high school science teacher from Roslyn High School, for her commitment to her students and for making a difference in her local community.

The crowd also included two honorary degree recipients: Edward Travaglianti, a leader in the financial services industry and longtime member of LIU’s board of trustees, and Sarabeth Levine (B.A., ’64), LIU Post alumna and founder of the famous Sarabeth’s restaurants and Legendary Spreadable Fruit. Levine spoke to the graduates about her experience with entrepreneurship. “Your journey is just beginning,” she said. “You have your ticket in your hand, now take the ride.” Following that, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer added: “Now is your time if there ever was. Go for it!”

Commencement 2014 celebrated the achievements of 1,060 baccalaureate students, 1,194 master’s degree candidates, 42 doctoral candidates, one associate’s degree recipient, two undergraduate certificates recipients, and 208 who have completed advanced certificates.

Jackie Nealon, Ph.D., chief of staff and vice president for enrollment, campus life, and communications at LIU, closed the ceremony by telling students they will always be part of the LIU community. “Today is probably one of the most memorable moments of your life,” she said. “This ceremony is in honor of you, a celebration of your determination, dedication, and hard work. Your many accomplishments lend prestige to this university. And the diploma you receive from LIU is a symbol of your success—treasure it always.”

At LIU Post, degrees were 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 were awarded degrees in education, criminal justice, and counseling, and LIU Riverhead students received degrees and advanced certificates in communication studies, education, homeland security management, and cyber security policy.

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Posted 05/13/2014

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