LIU Post Holds 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony

By Carlo Valladares

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Smiling senior Chrissy Morgera is “caps off” for commencement. Photo by Tia-Mona Greene

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Under a tent on the Great Lawn of LIU’s Post campus, Petter Holmsen, valedictorian and Film major from Norway, spoke to his fellow graduates. During his commencement speech, he talked about the challenges facing graduates today while repeating his favorite film quotes. “‘Carpe Diem, seize the day’, said Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society,” said Holmsen, repeating a line from the classic film, while urging his fellow grads to fulfill their dreams.

Holmsen wasn’t the only speaker during the 56th annual commencement ceremony that took place Friday, May 9. Dr. Kimberly Cline, LIU Post’s president, also spoke. Cline addressed the dedication of the students, but also of the faculty. “LIU’s world class faculty have guided you, encouraged you, and prepared you inside and outside of the classroom,” Cline said. “Their lessons will continue to inspire you throughout your lives.”

The main ceremony opened with “America the Beautiful,” performed by the LIU Post Wind Symphony and LIU Post Chorus. Music professor James W. McRoy, and graduate Joseph Mele (’14), were the conductors.

 

Following the musical opening were various commencement speakers: Jacquelyn Nealon, the Chief of Staff and Vice President for Enrollment; Father Edward “Ted” J. Brown, the Catholic Chaplain; Eric Krasnoff, the chairman of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Cline, and Thersea Mall Mullarkey, the university Chancellor and Board of Trustees member. Petter Holmsen and Maria Otterlei were recognized as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian at the ceremony; both are international students from Norway.

After the general conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees, each academic school relocated individually to various locations on campus for their independent Recognition Receptions in which each graduate was called up by name. Students from LIU Brentwood and LIU Riverhead joined the LIU Post students for their commencement.

According to Wilkow, each school had the following number of graduates:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Graduates: 475

 

College of Management

Graduates: 300

College of Education and Information Sciences

Graduates: 750

School of Visual and Performing Arts

Graduates: 235

School of Health Professions and Nursing

Graduates: 270

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LIU Post faculty members show their true colors for Graduation Day. Photo by: Tia-Mona Greene

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Post seniors (now alumni) Amanda Bernocco and Christian Arnold. Photo by: Tia-Mona Greene

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Graduating seniors were able to show their Post Pride with specialized sashes. Photo by: Tia-Mona Greene

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The class of 2014 lines up outside the graduation tent on the Great Lawn. Photo by: Tia-Mona Greene

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A group of grads take one final stroll across the green of the Great Lawn. Photo by: Tia-Mona Greene

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