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Senator Oppenheimer to Address Westchester/Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University Class of 2011

150 students will graduate during commencement ceremony on May 18


Peter Reiner,Director of Marketing
Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University
845-359-7200, ext. 5414

Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer will deliver the commencement address at the Westchester/Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.

The Campus' Class of 2011 includes 150 master's degree recipients in the subject areas of education, school counseling, school psychology, business administration, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and library and information science. University President David J. Steinberg and Sylvia Blake, academic dean and chief operating officer of the Westchester and Rockland Graduate Campuses, also will address the graduates and their families and friends.

“We are honored to have Sen. Oppenheimer address our graduates,” Dr. Blake said. “Her commitment to education and her record of community service is exemplary and a fine example for our Class of 2011.”

Sen. Oppenheimer, a well-known and well-respected member of the state Legislature, has long been a vocal advocate for education, environmental protection, childcare, health care, fiscal reform and the arts. Her distinguished record of community service, local government experience and leadership on statewide issues has enabled her to work in a bipartisan manner to meet the needs of her constituents.

Since 2009, Sen. Oppenheimer has served as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, a group she has been a member of for 24 years. Having worked on all aspects of education policy, school funding, and property tax relief, Sen. Oppenheimer is also the Deputy majority Leader for Intergovernmental Relations.

Before her election to the state Legislature, Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer served four terms as Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck. She also is a former president of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and former president of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. She has been president of both the Mamaroneck League of Women Voters and the PTA of the Central School in Mamaroneck.

Sen. Oppenheimer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College for Women. She then became one of the first women to earn a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. After college, she worked on Wall Street as an industry analyst for L.F. Rothschild & Company.

The Senator is married to Martin J. Oppenheimer, a partner in the New York City law firm, Proskauer, Rose. The Oppenheimers reside in Mamaroneck, where they raised their four adult children. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

Westchester Graduate Campus

Since 1975, Long Island University has been offering graduate degree and certificate programs in Westchester County. The Westchester Graduate Campus is located in a state-of-the art facility on the grounds of Purchase College of the State University of New York. The facility features high-tech classrooms designed for adult learners, technologically advanced library facilities, mainframe-networked computer labs and other resources. Students enroll as degree candidates or as non-degree students who wish to pursue graduate courses for personal enrichment or professional advancement.

Most classes are held in the late afternoons, in the evenings and on weekends to meet the scheduling needs of working adults. Program offerings include business (M.B.A.); education (M.S.Ed. and/or Advanced Certificate) in the areas of childhood – grades 1-6, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence – grades 5-12, special education, literacy, bilingual, TESOL, writing and reading, school counseling, and school psychology; marriage and family therapy (M.S.); and mental health counseling (M.S.). The diverse courses are taught in small classes by distinguished full-time and adjunct faculty members who are committed to delivering personalized instruction and bringing practical experience to the classroom.

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science on the University's C.W. Post Campus offers graduate-level courses at the Westchester Graduate Campus. For more information about the Westchester Graduate Campus, please call (914) 831-2700 or visit the Web site at

Rockland Graduate Campus

The Rockland Graduate Campus, located at 70 Route 340 in Orangeburg, is recognized as Rockland County's premier provider of master's degree programs for adults, with degree offerings in business administration, teacher education, pharmaceutics, health administration, public administration, gerontology, mental health counseling, school counseling and school leadership. Courses are offered in the late afternoons, evenings and on weekends to affordworking students an opportunity to balance their educational goals with family and business demands. For more information visit or call (845) 359-7200, extension 5414.

About Long Island University

In its ninth decade of providing access to the American dream through excellence in higher education, Long Island University is a multicampus, diverse, doctoral institution of higher learning. One of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the country, Long Island University offers more than 560 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and certificates, and educates over 27,000* students in degree-credit and continuing education programs in Brooklyn, Brookville (C.W. Post), Brentwood, Riverhead, Rockland and Westchester. The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences prepares students for successful careers in the fields of pharmacy and health care. The University's Global College provides a wide range of study abroad options at overseas centers in China, Costa Rica and India, and through program offerings in Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.

Long Island University's more than 600 full-time faculty members provide outstanding instruction, which is supplemented by internships and cooperative education opportunities. The accomplishments of more than 178,000 living alumni are a testament to the success of its mission – providing the highest level of education to people from all walks of life. The University's NCAA Division I and II athletic teams, nationally renowned George Polk Awards in journalism and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts provide enrichment for students and the community.

*This number includes high school students enrolled in one or more degree-credit courses.

Posted 05/03/2011

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