Graduations: University of Vermont, Scranton, Holy Cross

This year’s commencement at the University of Vermont-the 221st in its history-marked a return to a traditional celebration outdoors on the University Green after two years of re-imagined ceremonies due to pandemic restrictions.

The following students graduated from the University of Vermont during commencement ceremonies in May, 2022.

Tyler Varacchi of Huntington graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art.

Joseph Hammond of Cold Spring Harbor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences.

Grace Magid of Lloyd Harbor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Communication.

Alexa Cooper of Dix Hills graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.

Hakeem Yousef of Dix Hills graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in The Robert Larner M.D. College of Medicine.

University of Scranton

Ashley E. Mullan of Huntington was among 33 members of the University of Scranton’s class of 2022 who graduated from its undergraduate Honors Program, which is one of the Jesuit university’s programs of excellence. Students in the Honors Program pursue a rigorous education that stresses independent work through close engagement with professors and other honors students, including the preparation, presentation and defense of a research or creative project during their senior year.

Mullan graduated, summa cum laude, as an applied mathematics and philosophy double major. Mullan worked with faculty advisor Murong Xu, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, on a thesis titled “Musical Feature Classification: Using Techniques of Machine Learning to Detect Genre.” Mullan was also a member of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and was the recipient of a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship at Scranton.

Holy Cross

Holy Cross celebrated nearly 755 bachelor of arts degree recipients at its 176th Commencement held in person on  May 27 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

The following local students earned degrees:

Brooke Walsh of Huntington,, Summa Cum Laude

Joseph Acosta of Huntngton

Joseph O’Brien of Dix Hills

Brady Lyons of Northport, Magna Cum Laude


Other college news

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania named nearly 1,950 students to the Spring 2022 Dean’s List.

Local students included:

Hayden Curry of Commack, a junior who is a ASL/English Interpreting major

Mackenzie Wright of Commack, a senior who is a ASL/English Interpreting major

To qualify for Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester.

Delaware Valley University Dean’s List

Andrea Infranco, a resident of Commack, was honored for academic achievement by being named to the Dean’s List at Delaware Valley University for the Spring 2022 semester.

Honor Sorority Induction

Seventy-four students were inducted into New York Institute of Technology’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students. Madelyn Diaz-Portillo of Huntington Station, majoring in Nursing, B.S., is one of the inductees.

Leadership Inductee

For the 2021-22 academic year, 50 students were inducted into New York Institute of Technology’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).

Gianna Bouchard of Commack, studying Occupational Therapy, is among the New York Tech inductees.

Internship Certificates

Seventy-two students completed New York Institute of Technology’s rigorous Internship Certificate Program during the spring 2022 semester, earning valuable hands-on experience and developing skills in a wide range of work environments. Local students included:

Alexander Suh from Commack, who interned at Invisible Hands Deliver Inc

Amanda Smith from Commack, who interned at LGC Studios

Eileen Gazzola from Huntington, who interned at Mestiza

Monica Chan from Fort Salonga, who interned at Main Street Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy



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