Local Students Complete College Degrees

James Madison University

James Madison University announced the following students who graduated during the May commencement exercises.

Kylie Cousins of Huntington who received a degree in Elementary Education – BS.

Alexis McAllister of Northport who received a degree in Hospitality Management – BS.

Kevin Morrissey of Huntington who received a degree in Political Science – BA.

Natalia Rasulo of Huntington who received a degree in Health Sciences – BS.

Ryan Shashaty of Northport who received a degree in Accounting – BBA.

Salve Regina University

Salve Regina University President Kelli Armstrong conferred 503 bachelor’s degrees, 271 master’s degrees and 22 doctoral degrees to members of the Class of 2024. In total, this year’s graduating class was the University’s largest ever at 823.

Jessica Roberts of Dix Hills received a BA in American History degree.

Nicholas Whitcomb of Northport received a BS in Financial Management degree.

DeSales University

Students from DeSales University graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees during the University’s 55th Commencement ceremony.

The following local students earned their degrees:

Renee Lee of Northport  graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing

James T. McNulty of Northport  graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Holy Cross

Holy Cross celebrated 751 bachelor of arts degree recipients at its 178th Commencement May 24.

The following local students earned degrees:

Samantha Adams, of Northport

Emily Johnson, of Fort Salonga

Matthew Major, of Commack,  Summa Cum Laude


Stonehill College

 625 students graduated from Stonehill College on May 19.

Local students included were

Reid Feldman of Melville

Sydney Johnson of Halesite

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) held its 155th Commencement. Nearly 1,100 undergraduate degrees were awarded during the ceremony.

President Grace J. Wang, PhD, and Board of Trustees Chair William Fitzgerald presided over the exercises.

Wang told the graduates that in a changing world, where new technologies and industries are rapidly emerging, and where they could be doing jobs that have not yet been invented, they should dream boldly, persevere, be a team player, and enjoy the journey.

“WPI has prepared you for this future,” Wang said. “During your time here, you have been immersed in a transformative, leading-edge, and inclusive environment to ready you for jobs, careers, and, also, exciting opportunities to come.”

In her commencement address to undergraduates, Nancy M. Pimental, a 1987 WPI graduate who spent 11 years as a writer and executive producer on the hit Showtime series “Shameless,” told the graduates they are well-prepared for whatever career path they choose to follow.

“With your degree from WPI, you’re ready for success,” Pimental said. “You can literally accomplish anything you set sights on. Isn’t that amazing? The possibilities are unlimited. You learn to think critically, solve problems logically, and work together collaboratively. These are the skills you need to overcome any obstacles that are thrown your way. There’s nothing you can’t do now that you’re a WPI grad.”

Pimental and Michael J. Dolan ’75, WPI Trustee Emeritus, who served for 16 years as an active member of the Board of Trustees, received honorary degrees as part of the ceremony.

Student speaker Samuel Levitan, a biology and biotechnology major, weaved Commencement history into his speech, reminding the audience that Black educator, reformer, and intellectual Booker T. Washington gave WPI’s 50thCommencement address in 1915, speaking about America’s transformation since the end of slavery. Levitan also talked about the sense of belonging instilled in WPI students, who balance a STEM education with a formative personal experience.

“To learn about cutting-edge technologies and scientific discoveries at WPI takes an open mind,” Levitan said. “But no matter where you go and no matter what you do, an open heart is just as important. Remember that you belong wherever that may be, and that the people around you are counting on you to believe that they belong, too.”

The following students earned bachelor’s degrees:

Matthew Adragna, of Lloyd Harbor,New York, majored in Computer Science

Keith Mesecher, of Melville,New York, majored in Mechanical Engineering


University of Scranton 

Local residents were among more than 775 members of the University of Scranton‘s class of 2024 who were awarded bachelor’s degrees at its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 19.

Students are:

Emma O. Graff of Melville earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising/public relations

Ian R. Todd of Northport  earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business communication

Aidan E. Noble of Huntington earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in nursing

Joseph P. Boyle of Huntington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance

John J. Flannigan of Huntington  earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting

Thomas J. McQuaid of Huntington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting

Christopher J. Neumann of Northport  earned a Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurship

Local residents were also among the more than 465 graduates who earned master’s and doctoral degrees at its graduate commencement ceremony.

At the ceremony, the University conferred doctor of philosophy in accounting degrees, doctor of nursing practice degrees and doctor of physical therapy degrees, in addition to master’s degrees in various disciplines.

Graduates represented 26 states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Virginia, among others. Students also represented Canada, Ghana, India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Grduate students are:

John P. Mulligan of Melville earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in physical therapy

Michael J. Gullo of Northport earned a Master of Science degree in school counseling


New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology’s School of Health Professions inducted senior students from all health disciplines into the Alpha Eta Honor Society. With the motto “Together We Serve,” the national honor society promotes and recognizes students for significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the allied health professions.

This year, nearly 80 students from the Class of 2024 were inducted, including:

Gianna Bouchard of Commack

Noelle Harvey of Huntington

Diana Morrissey of Northport

Jordan Gaugush of Dix Hills

Deanna Mastrorocco of Huntington


College Students Graduate, Win Honors

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