College News: Graduations, Showcase


Biola University

Caitlyn Palermo of Huntington, NY  has graduated from Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. Palermo is one of 1,118  who graduated.

She was awarded an undergraduate degree in Cinema and Media Arts.


East Stroudsburg University

Nicholas Serra of Northport graduated with a B.S. in Biology from East Stroudsburg University.

A total of 1,194 students received degrees from th university of Pennsylvania during commencement exercises..


University of Georgia

Several local students graduated from the University of Georgia last week, including:

Elyssa Levitt, of Huntingtn Station, MS Comparative Biomedical Science; Jamie DiBartolomeo of Lloyd Harbor, MS Nutritional Sciences’ Jessica Leib, of Dix Hills, BSED Special Education;  Jenna Fasciglione, of Huntington,  BSW Social Work; Robert Schupler, of Huntington,  BBA Risk Management and Insurance.

“We are excited to celebrate the achievements of our University of Georgia students in the Class of 2024,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Commencement offers students, friends and families an opportunity to recognize the extraordinary dedication UGA students have shown during their time on campus. We look forward to all the ways these students will positively impact their communities and organizations as alumni of the University of Georgia.”

Hofstra Exercise

Hofstra’s School of Health Professions and Human Services conducted a poverty simulation event in which students were assigned roles and scenarios – gender, age, family roles, employment, and housing status – and were required to manage their finances and make ends meet for a fictional four-week period.

Graduate Occupational Therapy student Chase Zuzzolo from Huntingtn Station was among nearly 70 participating students from graduate programs including Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Health Administration, and Health Informatics.

As part of the simulation some students were assigned jobs and were required to use their limited transportation vouchers to get there. Some needed a job and had to visit the unemployment office and various social services to survive. Some students had families with children for whom they needed to arrange care. All the while, the simulation provided unexpected obstacles to navigate – like evictions, thefts, incarcerations, health issues, or loss of a partner due to death, divorce, domestic violence, or abandonment.

“The family scenarios assigned to the students are real families who have experienced real challenges. The simulation is not a game. It attempts to bridge the gap from misconception to understanding by exposing our students to the nuanced consequences of poverty on daily living and health,” said Corinne Kyriacou, vice dean, School of Health Professions and Human Services at Hofstra University (HPHS) and associate professor of population health.

Young Harris College

Alexsi Morel of Huntington Station was awarded a degree at Young Harris College commencement exercises last week.

More than 200 graduates received their degrees at Saturday’s ceremony on Young Harris College campus, the largest graduating class in the college’s history.


Awards at Hofstra

The Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing presented the IDEALS Awards at a ceremony  that included student, administration, faculty, and community partner award recipients.

Among the honorees was Sylvie Grand-Pierre from Dix Hills. Sylvie, a member of the Class of 2025 majoring in Nursing, was honored with an IDEAS Certificate of Recognition. This award recognizes those who have helped uphold the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Leadership, and Success in the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing.

NYIT Showcased

New York Institute of Technology undergraduate and graduate students showcased their scholarly work at the institution’s annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression.

At New York Tech’s New York City campus, 155 students shared their research projects in the form of oral presentations and poster exhibitions.

View all student projects at this year’s SOURCE.

Local students include:

Billy Khwaja of Dix Hills

Inaya Syed of Huntington Station

Juliana D’Amico of Melville

Suzanne Tawch of Commack

Tammie Perez of Huntington


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