Commencement 2017


Meet Our Graduates

Daniel Kirsanov, Valedictorian Class of 2016

Daniel Kirsanov is the valedictorian of the LIU Post Class of 2016 and a graduate of the 5-Year Accelerated B.S. Accounting/MBA program, with a minor in Economics. Daniel completed the program in four and a half years while maintaining a 3.99 overall GPA.

Daniel was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in a Russian household. Between the ages of three and eight, Daniel lived in Moscow with his grandmother. When he returned to the United States, he struggled to learn the English language and to adjust to the American education system. Today, Daniel has been recognized for his outstanding passion for learning, his dedication to setting and achieving the highest goals, and his success in starting his career at one of the Big 4 accounting firms via networking with LIU Post's professors and career counselors. Consequently, Daniel extends his gratitude to LIU Post’s professors and faculty.

Daniel has been the Treasurer of the Kappa Omicron chapter of the Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business majors. Daniel has worked as an assistant for the University's Office of Admissions and the School of Professional Accountancy, and has also worked as a Resident Assistant. Moreover, Daniel volunteered with Bethpage Bank and the VITA Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), and worked multiple campus life and admissions events including Relay for Life and Admitted Student Days.

Daniel is graduating from LIU Post’s distinguished Honors College. With his Honors thesis focusing on the topic of best practices in the field of accounting, Daniel aspires to become partner at his firm, applying the knowledge he obtained from his coursework and professors. 

Daniel has always praised his now fiancée, who is also part of the Class of 2016. Whether helping correct course papers or registering for classes, his fiancée has been with him every step of the way. Daniel would like to extend a special thanks to Michelle Malko.

Daniel looks forward to addressing the class of 2016 at this year's Commencement ceremony.

Nicole Bellinger, Salutatorian Class of 2016

Nicole Bellinger is proud to be the Salutatorian of the Class of 2016, graduating from the LIU Post Honors College with a 4.0 grade-point average and a Bachelors degree in English. Nicole is very passionate about the education that has afforded thousands of students – herself included – the confidence they need in order to propel forward into the next stages of their lives.

Nicole is honored to have received a number of awards throughout her LIU Post career, including a Woman of Achievement Award, the Bert and Philip Sidlett Memorial Award for Excellence in Comparative Literature, the English Department Award for Excellence in the Study of Literature, an LIU Post Award for Academic Excellence, and the Dr. Eric Kruh Endowed Fellowship. However, she is most proud to have been an active leader on campus during her time at LIU Post.

In 2015, Nicole established a book club on campus – “All I Ever Wanted” – for students who share her passion for reading and writing. The book club’s structure was based on Nicole’s 2015 internship with Herstory Writers Workshop, which provides a community-based learning environment for its participants.

Nicole has begun to organize a support group in her hometown, in which she will use writing as a powerful tool for self-expression and social amelioration. She has also completed over two hundred hours of community service as a volunteer employee at her local town park, receiving a Gold-Seal medal for her service.

Nicole’s professors at LIU Post, and her overall experience at the University, have taught her that it is the quality, not the quantity, of one’s achievements that is the mark of a meaningful and fruitful education. She encourages others to engage in service learning efforts and become active members of their communities. One of the most liberating consequences of her college education has been to look for new ways each day to make a difference, whether it be through involvement in extra-curricular activities, by helping those less fortunate, or by simply offering a friendly smile to “brighten the places that I occupy,” in the words of the great American poet, William Carlos William.

Nicole plans to pursue law school, and ultimately become a spokeswoman, an attorney, and an influential writer. Her experience at this University has been nothing short of rewarding. Nicole feels certain that the knowledge and the wisdom that she has gleaned from her studies and social experiences will continue to help her as she embarks on new journeys.

Christian J. Oliver

"Ceej" is a Syracuse, New York native, who will graduate this May from LIU Post. He will receive a Bachelor’s in Music degree in Music Education with a focus in voice, piano, and composition. He has studied with Lisa Holsberg, Barbara Fusco, Neal Harrelson, Vica Schwartzman, Stephanie Watt, Dr. Jennifer Scott Miceli, Richie Iacona, and Carl Strommen.

Christian has been an active member in multiple music ensembles at LIU Post, including the LIU Post Chorus, Chamber Chorus, and Chamber Ensembles. He was the President of the LIU Post Collegiate National Association for Music Education Chapter for two years, creating partnerships with Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and their Arts Education Curriculum. These partnerships enabled music education students to present some of Tilles Center’s Family Plus Workshops and partner with Warrior’s Odyssey in creating musical workshops for children with pediatric cancer.  He serves as the Province 7 representative for NYSSMA’s Collegiate chapter.

Christian has had an active role on the LIU Post Campus. He has served as a RA for the past three years with Campus Life and has presented on their behalf at a regional conference. Christian has also served four years as a part of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts staff. He is now in the position of Box Office Manager and has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Chenoweth, and the Celtic Women.

Christian is a published composer and his compositions have been performed throughout the United States and international. Belle Voci Intergeneration Women’s Choir, LIU Post Children’s Choir, and Cicero-North Syracuse Central School District have been a few choirs who have commissioned him. He has received honorable mention in the NYSSMA (New York State School of Music Association) “Call of Composition”, as well was selected as winner of the Silver Chords student composition contest. He was one of six finalists selected for Ithaca College’s Choral Composition Competition. He works are published with BriLee Publishing Company and have made Editor’s Choice two years in a row with J.W.Pepper music distributing company.

Ketan Parmar

Long Island native Ketan Parmar is an involved student leader within the LIU Post community. Parmar has been recognized for his involvement, work ethic, and dedication throughout his undergraduate career while earning his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics,

Parmar has been continuously involved in the LIU Post campus community throughout his academic career, serving a Founding Father for Phi Sigma Kappa, a Resident Assistant, an Orientation Leader, and a Peer Mentor for College 101 classes. He has also held executive board positions for several clubs at Post. Parmar consistently helps others grow within the community; he provides others become aware of different leadership opportunities and enables them become more involved and take pride within their community.

Parmar has made lasting memories at LIU Post, including becoming the Homecoming King 2016, being featured in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, membership in numerous Honor Societies, and receiving the Rookie RA of the Year award. Parmar has aimed to inspire others through a positive attitude, a benevolent personality, an outstanding work ethic, and with the proper leadership skills. Always being optimistic of every situation, Parmar sees the best in everyone and enables individuals grow to become the true leaders they can become.

Upon graduation, Parmar plans to pursue a career in Project Management. Through his career, Parmar’s goal is to serve the community and help individuals continue become stronger, and more involved individuals.  

Kristy O’Connell

Graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing with a minor in Economics. Her love of psychology has inspired her interests in Consumer Behavior and Behavioral Economics. She hopes to pursue a Masters in Psychology.

Kristy’s pride in the LIU community has led her to serve as a Resident Assistant, a student Ambassador, a peer tutor, and the president of the C.H.A.T.S club, an international student advocacy group. Kristy has represented LIU Post at the LIU Gala, received LIU’s Green Key Society Award, and been recognized for her dedication to the international community on campus.

Kristy will graduate from LIU’s Honors College having completed a thesis about corporate social responsibility and its affect on consumer behavior. Kristy dreams of entering the non-profit sector and hopes to one day teach as a Professor at a highly accredited University.

Manley François

Born in Haiti and came to the US at the age of 11.  His mentors have inspired him to make the most out of his college career and excel as a leader both on and off campus as he earned his degree in Forensic Science with a minor in Chemistry.  Manley has held many leadership positions throughout his tenure at LIU Post, including Resident Assistant (RA), Ambassador, President’s Circle, Peer Mentor, and student worker for Admission, Enrollment Services, and Campus Life. François is also one of the founding fathers of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity on campus.

François wishes to be a Forensic Science Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other federal government or armed forces agency. François is considering pursuing his master’s degree in Biomedical Science.

François has gained so experience and leadership qualities at LIU Post while offering knowledge, advice and leadership to his fellow students. 

Mijail Quintín Mariano

"Q" as many of his friends know him, is a Long Island native pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Mijail has led a distinct undergraduate career, full of scholastic achievements both in and out of the classroom. From the residence halls on campus to Downtown Manhattan and even abroad in places like Costa Rica, Mijail has exemplified the term ‘Pioneer Pride' wherever he has been. The lasting impression LIU Post will have left on him during his time here is fitted by the imprint he will leave on all the Professors, fellow students, mentors, and mentees that have come to know him. He will be superseded by the legacy he leaves behind through his service outreach and the organizations that he has established on our campus.

Mijail's experiences and aspirations to elevate his community began before arriving at LIU Post. As a decorated veteran of the US Army, he has earned various service medals in domestic and foreign conflicts such as Operation Enduring Freedom for meritorious service. His passion for continuing to serve his country in other facets only continued after his time in service, which brought him here to LIU Post. With his induction into Omicron Delta Epsilon: International Economics Honor Society and becoming a Resident Assistant on campus by his second year, Mijail has been recognized for various awards distinctively for his mentorship and academic accomplishments. 

As a true leader and pioneer, Mijail has revived our very own Economics Club (ESOLI) and has further enhanced the university's Economics program by spearheading the school’s first ever College Fed Challenge sponsored by the Federal Reserve System. Upon graduation, Mijail looks to one day earn his Ph.D. in Economics, concentrating in Macroeconomics, specifically Labor Markets. His Professors have inspired him to teach, and he is determined to leave an everlasting impact on this world through educating future generations. His words to the graduating class of 2016 are "Be kind, open-minded and present for others, the planet and most importantly yourself, throughout the process.”

Olivia Platania

Graduating from LIU Post with a B.F.A in Dance Studies. She also minored in Business Administration, giving her the chance to explore all of her interests and potential career paths during her time at LIU. Her professors across the University offered the support she needed to not only become the best possible student she could be, but also an active member of the LIU community.

Olivia is a member of SDA, the Student Dance Association, and has performed at pep rallies and various other campus life events.  She also served on the Student Activities Board during her senior year, and took part in decision-making and event planning for many student activities. She also availed herself of student employment opportunities, working for student-run business Pioneer Nation and serving as a Student Ambassador, a role that included working in Admissions and giving campus tours.

The support Olivia received from professors and peers and the experience she was able to gain through student employment enabled her to develop the professional skills needed to enter the work field. She worked in rigorous dance intensives in New York and Los Angeles with help from professors. Olivia aspires to be a professional dancer after graduation, concentrating in Musical Theater/Broadway work.  Olivia also hopes to work in Athletic Training to further her studies in dance and Dance Injury.

Robert Gelabert

Long Island native from Northport, New York, and will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He is the Student Director of LIU-iQ Consulting, a university-wide, fee-based consulting program in which over 35 student consultants execute complex projects for domestic and international clients. He previously interned in Real Estate Analytics with Luxottica and in Executive Consulting with Vistage.

Robert is part of LIU Post’s Honors College, where he is completing a thesis in Business Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is also a member of the O∆K National Leadership Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He aspires to begin a career in corporate finance and eventually pursue an MBA. 

Samantha Sterling

A Social Work major who has taken part in the Honors program after transferring to LIU Post upon obtaining her Associate Degree from Nassau Community College.

Samantha has served as an active student leader throughout her time at LIU. She has participated in the Student Government Association and Commuter Student Association. She has also dedicated much of her time to various volunteer projects through the department of Campus Life, an expression of her commitment to making a difference. Samantha has centered much of her involvement around encouraging other students to pursue their own passions socially and academically, serving as a Student Ambassador and Orientation Leader.

Samantha is most passionate about women’s rights and aspires to become a powerful activist. She hopes to continue on with her master’s degree in Social Work, specializing in community organizing. She sees herself as one day serving as a Youth in Development Peace Corps volunteer.