627 bachelor's degrees, 717 master's and 47 doctorates.


Valedictorian Michael Guethlein, of East Northport, received a bachelor's degree in aviation management. He told the students: "While we may not be getting our PhD today, graduating from college is a great accomplishment . . . We should not get so caught up on the destination that we forget about the journey."


Dowling College president Jeremy D. Brown told the students in the inaugural presidential address:

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"Class of 2012, you will come to realize the value of the Dowling experience, and as a result of your time here you will raise Dowling College's stock and reputation through your success. And for that, I must thank you in advance. For me, your graduating class is the beginning of a new era at Dowling."


John Schretzman, 22, aviation management

"I feel awesome! I am finally out of school. I thank my family for all the support they have given me in 22 years." Interviewed with the Federal Aviation Administration for a job as an air traffic controller.

Jessica Fitzgerald, 27, sociology and anthropology

"I am at a loss for words. I am overjoyed, and I am glad and happy to have graduated." Contemplating getting her master's degree in research.

Gabrielle Giuffrida, 22, communications

"My job is to find something I can do and look forward to waking up and going to every day." Applying for jobs as a public relations specialist in media companies.

Christopher Silverio, 23, English and creative writing

"I'm happy it's finally over. The future is looking bright as long as I continue to work hard. I will just keep dreaming." Seeking a career as a sports journalist or songwriter.