Class of 2015: New York College of Health Professions based in Syosset

Number of undergraduate degrees: 206

Number of graduate degrees: 37

OpinionOpinion: Don't let your dreams defeat you

 

Commencement speaker

Supermodel Carol Alt recalled how she overcame cancer and other health problems by adopting a diet of raw, uncooked food, instead of processed food. The author and television show host, who grew up in East Williston, said holistic medicine still isn't accepted by some. "But with your patience and the knowledge that you have gotten from this academy, you will be able to change the world one person at a time. And that's where your satisfaction will come from," Alt said. "Health care is about people. . . . I wish you good results."

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Student speakers

Jamal Harding, 30, of St. Albans, Queens, who graduated with an associate degree in massage therapy, said New York College's curriculum suits the "person looking to empower themselves and take a hold of their life . . . [and] at the same time have a life that is not only about creating a job, but creating a career with opportunities and options."

 

Kenneth Park, 58, of Randolph, New Jersey, graduated with a bachelor of professional studies/master of science degree in oriental medicine: "We all have that inner voice that says, 'You can do it.' It just comes down to whether or not we believe in ourselves. . . . Let us remain having faith in ourselves from this day forward so that we may continue to achieve our goals."

 

Graduates' reactions

Danielle Corbett, 47, massage therapy

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"I want to help people get in touch with themselves, to learn how to heal themselves," said Corbett, a receptionist from Levittown.

Daniel Lora, 25, oriental medicine

"My goal is to travel, to work and to educate people," said Lora of Freeport. "I would like to have my own business."

Leung Yin Leuer, 30, massage therapy

"I plan to study acupuncture so that I can help ease the pain of people with cancer," said Leuer of Flushing, Queens, who has lost family members to the disease.

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Amir T. Aziz, 42, massage therapy

"I want to incorporate the healing aspect into my martial arts practice because there is a shortage of complementary health care in the community," said Aziz of the Bronx, whose business is in Harlem.