Molloy College's 57th commencement ceremony was held Monday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Commencement address

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Molloy College President Drew Bogner encouraged the class of 2015 to be agents of change and a force for good. He called on them to see possibilities, to bring about solutions and to be unafraid to speak up and "to do simple things in the moment."

"You -- each and every one of you -- are called to be heroes in the everyday world," Bogner said.

Honorary degrees

The college awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees to Hempstead resident Joseph McNeil, a retired U.S. Air Force major general who was a member of the "Greensboro Four," a group of students who in 1960 sat at a segregated lunch counter in the Woolworth five-and-dime store in that North Carolina city, and to Nancy Rauch Douzinas, president of the Rauch Foundation, a Garden City-based organization that invests in ideas and research that affect Long Island.


Saniya Khan, 21, accounting

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"I'll be working at the Federal Reserve in internal audit. I interned there last year and they offered me the job. I'm a little nervous, but very excited."

Justin Bortell, 21, nursing

"I had two surgeries in the last few years and I saw how passionate they [nurses] were, and I decided I wanted to do something I could be passionate about, too."

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Cherie Ferby-Guy, 23, master's in business administration

"I've learned so much about time management. I've been working Monday to Friday and taking classes at night. It's great to say I have a master's at 23 years old. That makes it worth it."

Jessica Buonfrisco, 21, early childhood education, with a concentration in mathematics

"I've always wanted to be a teacher. After student teaching, I really fell in love with the younger ones."