College Town graduation season in full swing
It’s May, and that means one thing among Downtown Brooklyn’s 12 colleges and 57,000 students: graduation season.
Donned in caps and gowns, the academic populace of one of the nation’s largest college towns has begun a wave of gatherings, events, and ceremonies celebrating the conclusion of the year’s studies. One of the largest of these was LIU’s commencement ceremony, held at a Barclays Center packed with parents and relatives last Thursday.
In addition to graduates from LIU’s four schools, honorees at the ceremony included Marty Markowitz, receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service; Ian Ginsberg ’85 and former basketball star Oscar “Ossie” Schechtman ’41 as recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award; Bruce Ratner for an honorary degree; and retiring LIU President David J. Steinberg.
After receiving a ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ award from Marty Markowitz, Steinberg addressed the graduates, speaking of the priceless formative value of their educational experiences, and how they should see beyond valuing them in terms of monetary gains after graduation.
Two days prior at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, St. Francis College graduated over 400 students before an address by New York Giant All-Pro Linebacker Justin Tuck (who also received an Honorary Degree).
“Champion a cause. Mine is literacy. Yours might be hunger, poverty, diseases,” Tuck told the students. “It has to be something outside of you, it has to be something that brings joy to somebody else and I guarantee this, if you do that, that will be a true success.”
Marilyn Gelber, President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Dominick P. DePaola, DDS, Ph.D. ‘64, a leader in the fields of dentistry and nutrition, were awarded honorary degrees. DePaola’s degree was awarded posthumously to his wife Rosemarie after his sudden passing last month.
Leading up to their own commencement this Thursday, NYU-Poly hosted a Research Expo at MetroTech Plaza on Monday. Researchers and students across departments, as well as participants in the NYU-Poly K-12 STEM initiative, presented their research to the public.
“Commencement is about pride and accomplishment, and it is a time that many of our students feel very connected to the work they’ve done here in Brooklyn,” said NYU-Poly President Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan. “It’s fitting to use this opportunity to show the breadth and depth of our research, which isn’t just about innovating in the lab—it’s about designing practical solutions for the real world, and instilling a passion for science and engineering in the next generation.”