Local Students Earn College Degrees

St. Francis University

Kevin Okonta, of Huntington Station graduated with a/an Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies from Saint Francis University during the May 7-8 commencement exercises.

Kevin was among approximately 700 students who received degrees.

Saint Francis University (www.francis.edu) in Loretto, PA is the oldest Catholic-Franciscan college in the United States.

University of Scranton

Local residents were among more than 850 bachelor’s degrees conferred at the University of Scranton’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 21. Degrees were conferred to graduates who had completed their academic degree requirements in August and December of 2021, as well as January and May of 2022..

An archived recording of the ceremony can be seen here.

Students earning undergraduate degrees include the following:

Ashley E. Mullan of Huntingtonearned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and philosophy

Kristine L. Fusaro of Dix Hills, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy

Emma K. Dougherty of Huntington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing

Hunter E. Chin of Northport  earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration

In addition, three local students earned master’s degrees:

Erin G. Ferro of Northport earned a Master of Science in occupational therapy

Katheryn D. Hickey of South Huntington  earned a Master of Science in special education

Matthew T. Ferraro of Commack  earned a Master of Science in finance

The University of Scranton is a Jesuit university located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

University of New Hampshire

The following students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham on Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64.

A traditional, in-person commencement ceremony will be scheduled at a future date yet to be determined.

Christopher Kiernan of Northport

Lili Buscareno of Northport


Stonehill College

Five hundred sixty-one students, including 532 undergraduate and 29 graduate degree recipients, processed at Stonehill College’s 71st Commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2022

Olivia Ganiaris of Northport

Conor Ryan of Northport

Stonehill College, a Catholic institution of higher learning, was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1948.

White Coat Ceremony

New York Institute of Technology’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program recently celebrated its members of the Class of 2022, including Alexandra Martinolich from Huntington.

White coat ceremonies mark 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 daily to class and clerkships.

PAs are healthcare professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans and prescribe medications.


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