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New York College of Health Professions students look ahead to the future at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

New York College of Health Professions Class of 2013

Here is a collection of pictures from the 2013 commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions.

Cynthia Murphy, 40, of Bay Shore, talks about
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Cynthia Murphy, 40, of Bay Shore, talks about her future before the Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. She says about her degree in massage therapy: "It is going to give me the opportunity to work with physically active people, and I would love to get involved with Wounded Warriors with massage therapy." (May 11, 2013)

Matthew Thompson, 28, of Montauk, talks about his
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Matthew Thompson, 28, of Montauk, talks about his future before his Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. He say about his degree in massage therapy: "I was a lifeguard for many years . . . I liked helping people. I thought therapy would be a good route to go." (May 11, 2013)

Diana Stewart, 27, of West Babylon, talks about
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Diana Stewart, 27, of West Babylon, talks about her future before the Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. She says about her degree in massage therapy: "I'm really excited to get out there and put to work all the things I've learned in the past two years." (May 11, 2013)

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Maurice Allen, 23, of Hempstead, talks about his
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Maurice Allen, 23, of Hempstead, talks about his future before his Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. He say about his degree in massage therapy: "I'm thankful because I have more plans, and I have a lot more great things to accomplish." (May 11, 2013)

Jennifer Whalen, 22, of Patchogue, talks about her
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Jennifer Whalen, 22, of Patchogue, talks about her future before the Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. She says about her degree in massage therapy: "The clinic gave you a real-life experience . . . I feel confident for when I get out there." (May 11, 2013)

Students of New York College of Health Professions
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Students of New York College of Health Professions arrive at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

A procession enters the Melville commencement ceremony for
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A procession enters the Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. (May 11, 2013)

New York College of Health Professions students begin
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New York College of Health Professions students begin their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

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New York College of Health Professions students begin
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New York College of Health Professions students begin their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

New York College of Health Professions students look
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New York College of Health Professions students look ahead to the future at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

A student's customized cap stands out at the
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A student's customized cap stands out at the Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. (May 11, 2013)

New York College of Health Professions students listen
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New York College of Health Professions students listen to speakers at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

New York College of Health Professions students try
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New York College of Health Professions students try to look for family and friends at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

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Student speaker Jeanine Pena, 45, of Sayville has
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Student speaker Jeanine Pena, 45, of Sayville has some wise words for her Class of 2013 peers at the New York College of Health Professions commencement ceremony in Melville. She says about people who feel they're too old for a career change: "I say, 'Yes you can, it doesn't matter how old you are, there is always a way with hard work and determination.' " She earned an associate's in massage therapy and a bachelor of professional studies/master of science in acupuncture. (May 11, 2013)

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, the first black woman to
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Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, the first black woman to serve as dean of a U.S. medical school, was keynote speaker for the New York College of Health Professions Class of 2013. The doctor of osteopathic medicine, also singer Diana Ross' sister, said, "It hasn't always been easy or fun, but today you have arrived. You have acquired the knowledge and mastered the skills necessary to be a health care provider." (May 11, 2013)

New York College of Health Professions students receive
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New York College of Health Professions students receive their diplomas at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

New York College of Health Professions students receive
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New York College of Health Professions students receive their diplomas at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

Graduates celebrate after receiving their diplomas during their
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Graduates celebrate after receiving their diplomas during their Melville commencement ceremony for New York College of Health Professions. (May 11, 2013)

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Sacha Chery celebrates after receiving her diploma from
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Sacha Chery celebrates after receiving her diploma from the New York College of Health Professions. (May 11, 2013)

Students of New York College of Health Professions
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Students of New York College of Health Professions arrive at their commencement ceremony in Melville. (May 11, 2013)

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