Dowling College 2013 commencement

One graduate's cap thanks family for their support

One graduate's cap thanks family for their support at Dowling College's commencement ceremony. (May 18, 2013) Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

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NUMBER OF GRADUATES

About 1,180 (621 bachelor's and 559 master's degrees)

STUDENT SPEAKER

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Valedictorian Daniel John Moscato, 21, of Massapequa, received a bachelor's degree in biology, with a concentration in pre-physician assistant studies and minors in chemistry and bioethics. He told the students: "This is a day celebrating our journey. Class of 2013, we are finally here. We may have entered Dowling at different times, but we all have focused on one aspect -- obtaining our undergraduate degrees on graduation day. And here it is."

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo, a board-certified radiologist, educator and health care advocate, daughter of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and sister of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said: "I hope your generation will be better than your parents' generation . . . We believe you can do great things. Enjoy each day of your special life ahead."

STUDENTS' REACTIONS

Gina Alpi, 21, of Coram, who earned a bachelor's in business management: "I'm excited for a better future. I will be working as a social media manager for a photography company."

Angelina Mendolia, 21, of Hauppauge, who earned a bachelor's in psychology: "I'm excited about graduating and going to graduate school."

Alexis Bryant, 22, of Holbrook, who took a bachelor's in sociology: "I'm proud of myself . . . I hope to go to graduate school next fall. I hope to become a social worker and work with children and people with substance abuse."

Brianna Cooper, 25, of Commack, earned a bachelor's in psychology: "I'm super excited about the future. I can't wait for the opportunities ahead."

John Gower, 22, of Commack, earned a bachelor's in psychology: "It's a relief that I am graduating. It's exciting and nerve-wracking because it is a new chapter in life. I'm grateful for all the support my family gave me, especially my mother."

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