New York Institute of Technology
Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) students from the Class of 2023 received their doctoral hoods at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 21. Receiving the doctoral hood is a rite of passage celebrating the completion of training as D.P.T. students graduate and pursue careers as physical therapists.
Local physical therapy students who were hooded include:
Wilber Parada from Huntington Station
Jessica Polizzi from Northport
The following Physician Assistant (PA) Studies students received their white coats:
Erin Hughes from Huntington
Christina Labarbera from Commack
Monica Mitrache from Dix Hills
Jillian Strumpf from Northport
White coat ceremonies are a rite of passage celebrating the completion of students’ training as they graduate and pursue careers as PAs. In marking the transition into professional life, the event centers around the symbolic awarding of a new long white coat, which replaces the short student white coat worn to class and clerkships.
University of Scranton
More than 500 graduates earned master’s and doctoral degrees at The University of Scranton. Degrees were presented at its graduate commencement ceremony on May 21 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. Degrees were conferred to graduates who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2022, as well as January and May of 2023.
Students earning master’s and doctoral degrees include the following:
- Kristine L. Fusaro of Dix Hills earned a Master of Science in occupational therapy
- Douglas F. Rochler of Melville earned a Master of Accountancy in accountancy
Students earning undergraduate degrees include the following:
- Dillon J. Malyniak of Commack earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice
- Kathryn N. Zaverdas of Commack earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy
- Emma K. Coyle of Northport earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
- Bridget L. Klein of Melville earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
- Caroline M. Miller of Huntington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
- Anthony R. Tramonte of Northport earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting
The University of Scranton is a Jesuit university located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Nicole Walsh of Huntington was among 548 students to process at Stonehill College’s 72nd Commencement on May 21. Peter Ubertaccio, vice president for academic affairs, presided over the ceremony.
John Della Volpe, director of polling for the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, gave the keynote address. He discussed the importance of listening to others, noting that the task is “essential for human flourishing.”
Flagler College celebrated the academic and personal accomplishments of more than 450 graduates at the Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony on , May 6.
Among the graduates, 59 are student-athletes. There are also 20 students who completed Flagler’s distinguished Honors Program and have an Honors designation placed on their official academic transcripts. These students were among the 5% of their class invited to join the program their freshman year.
The most represented majors across the graduating seniors include Psychology (63 majors), Business Administration (45), Criminology (38), Coastal Environmental Science (33), Graphic Design (27), Digital Media Production & Journalism (23), Marketing (22), Elementary Education (19), History (19), and Hospitality and Tourism Management (19).
Emily Spoering, a graduate from Northport, was honored with a Bachelor of Science degree in Coastal Environmental Science.
University of Georgia
University of Georgia recognized more than 7,000 candidates for graduation in the Class of 2023 Commencement exercises earlier this month,
John Stratton Cooney of Northport, MACC Accounting.
Jed Chizner of Dix Hills, AB Advertising.
Carson Jagger Leifer of Melville, BBA Finance and BBA Management Information Systems.
Jamie Alexa DiBartolomeo of Lloyd Harbor, BSFCS Dietetics.
Aidan Matthew McNelis of Commack,BBA Finance.
Abigail Cate Newman of Huntington,BS Chemistry.
Tobi Nicole Alper of Dix Hills, BSA Hospitality & Food Indust Mgmt.
- Francis Altamirano of Melville,summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
- Veronica Borracci of Dix Hills, Bachelor of Science degree in Geology
- Jessica Felber of Dix Hills, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
- Hannah Gerber of Melville, Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
- Johnnie Goldblatt of Dix Hills, Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Music Performance
- Sarah Haller of Huntington, Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies
- Christopher Jaeger of Commack, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Studies and Music Performance
- Derek Schmelter of Commack, distinction with a Master of Music degree in Music Education (K-12)
- Marco Tomassi of Melville, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Studies and Music Performance
- Carlos Villatoro of Huntington, cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
- Michael Worshoufsky of Dix Hills, distinction with a Master of Music degree in Music Education (K-12)
- Abbie Yaeger of Huntington Station, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
- Donna Zarrabi of Dix Hills, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
New York Institute of Technology‘s nursing students from the Class of 2023 were welcomed into the profession with a pinning ceremony. Nursing school pinning ceremonies are a rite of passage celebrating the completion of students’ training as they graduate and go on to pursue careers as RNs.
Local nursing students from the Class of 2023 include:
Nicole Contreras from Huntington
Muskan Kaur from Huntington Station
Honors and Recognition
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) recognized 16 students from the Class of 2023 at an end-of-year awards ceremony, including Summer Rudish from Huntington (11743).
Rudish received the Laurie Miller Spencer, D.O. Memorial Scholarship.
As part of New York Institute of Technology’s 62nd annual commencement, its College of Arts and Sciences recognized 46 students from the Class of 2023, including Meghan Wallace from Northport.
Wallace received the Highest Academic Achiever in Interdisciplinary Studies — Long Island.
The School of Architecture and Design recognized outstanding members of the Class of 2023.
Emma Mangels of Commack received the Gold Certificate for Architectural Design (5-year program).
Francesco Mannino of Cold Spring Harbor received the Special Award for Work with Relevant Social Impact (Long Island).
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A total of 2,054 undergraduate students were named to WPI’s spring 2023 Dean’s List. The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.
“WPI’s academic programs are rigorous and require a level of independence beyond what is required in traditional courses. WPI students work on open-ended problems for communities around the world. The problems are important and the impact is real” said Professor Arthur C. Heinricher. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to study engineering and science and business and the humanities. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled in all of their work, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”
The following students were on the Dean’s List for Spring 2023:
- Matthew Adragna of Lloyd Harbor, class of 2024, majoring in Computer Science
- Julia Karman of Northport, class of 2025, majoring in Biomedical Engineering
- Keith Mesecher of Melville, class of 2024, majoring in Mechanical Engineering
- Kyle Mitard of Northport, class of 2024, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Bernhard Nordemann of Huntington,, class of 2024, majoring in Computer Science
SUNY Oneonta recently recognized students who have attained leadership milestones through the university’s LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) program.
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Katelyn Colombo of Commack
Taylor Femia of Dix Hills
Jolie Anreder of Melville
Joseph Genovese of Commack
Michael Ko, of Commack was named the recipient of The Jeremy T. Medina Prize at Hamilton College’s annual Class & Charter Day, held on May 9. Established in 1950, the event combines the traditional Class Day celebrating the end of classes with a commemoration of the granting of the College’s charter on May 26, 1812.
The Jeremy T. Medina Prize is awarded to a first-year student or sophomore who has demonstrated outstanding academic excellence and has been accepted into the subsequent year’s Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain Program.
Ko, a sophomore majoring in government and Hispanic studies, is a graduate of Commack High School.
University of Scranton
Kelly Klein of Melville was among the 38 University of Scranton students inducted into Omega Beta Sigma, the women’s business honor society. Induction is open to students who major or minor in business, have at least sophomore academic standing, and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. The University’s honor society was established in 1982.
Klein is a sophomore marketing major at the Jesuit university.
Local residents were among the 38 University of Scranton students inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing. For induction into the honor society, students must have completed one half of the nursing curriculum, demonstrated ability in nursing, have a grade point average of 3.0 and rank in the upper one-third of the class. The honor society was founded in 1922.
Students inducted are:
Caroline Miller of Huntington, a senior pursuing a nursing degree.
Bridget Klein of Melville, a senior pursuing a nursing degree.
Sophie Lang of Northport was named to the dean’s list at Kean University.
Lang, a junior science and technology student, is among more than 3,100 students to achieve this honor.
“Earning a place on the Dean’s List is a tremendous accomplishment. It demonstrates that each student has gone the extra mile in their coursework so that they can thrive academically and professionally once they graduate,” said Kean President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D. “This is what we mean when we say Kean Cougars climb higher, and we couldn’t be more proud of their success.”
The following students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Spring 2023 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours (exclusive of audit and pass/fail courses this semester) and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C (inclusive of audit, pass/fail courses and zero-credit courses).
Caitriona Meehan of Huntington
Colleen Radigan of Commack
Isabel Potter of Northport
Corinne DeRosa of Melville
Megan Radigan of Commack
Lydia von Hof of Commack