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177 Students to Receive Advanced Degrees from Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University May 18

Commencement address to be delivered by state Sen. Thomas Morahan


Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y. – One hundred seventy-seven graduate students will march to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” at the 19th annual Commencement exercises of the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 7 p.m. The commencement address will be delivered by New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan, who will receive the Long Island University Recognition Award.

Of the 177 graduates, the following students will be honored for outstanding academic achievements:

  • Business Administration Achievement Award: Monica Clara Balta, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.
  • Health Administration Achievement Award: Gregory Kelly McLernon, Tappan, N.Y.
  • Childhood Education Achievement Award: Kevin T. Blois, Danbury, Conn.
  • Childhood Education/Literacy Achievement Award: Deana M. Rytell-Connelly, Harrington Park, N.J.
  • Childhood Education/Special Education Achievement Award: Laura Tolve, Stony Point, N.Y.
  • Literacy Achievement Award: Christina M. Buonamano, Monroe, N.Y.
  • Special Education Achievement Award: Pamela Schwarte, Norwood, N.J.
  • School Counseling Achievement Award: Monisha Batra, Suffern, N.Y.
  • Educational Administration Achievement Award: Melissa Renee Benjamin, Middletown, N.Y.; Christine M. Druss, Bardonia, N.Y.

The Rockland Graduate Campus, an independent, co-educational, graduate institution of higher learning, has awarded more than 3,000 degrees in its 26 year history. The Rockland Graduate Campus is one of six campuses of Long Island University, which educates 27,000 students in Brooklyn, Brookville (C.W. Post Campus), Southampton, Orangeburg (Rockland Graduate Campus), Brentwood and Westchester.

The Rockland Graduate Campus is recognized as Rockland County's premier provider of master's degree programs for adults, with course offerings in business administration, education, pharmacy, health administration, public administration, gerontology, non-profit management, mental health counseling, school counseling and school leadership. Courses are offered in the late afternoons, evenings and on weekends to afford working students an opportunity to balance their educational objectives with family and business demands.

For more information visit or call (845) 359-7200, extension 5414.

Posted 05/09/2006

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