Five Towns College 2012 commencement

Brendan McGrath walks in the graduation ceremony for

Brendan McGrath walks in the graduation ceremony for Five Towns College class of 2012. (May 20, 2012) (Credit: Photo by Steven Sunshine)

NUMBER OF GRADUATES

13 associate degrees; 182 bachelor's; 14 master's; two doctorates

STUDENT SPEAKERS

Kaitlin Marie Carr, bachelor's in professional studies, was among those who addressed the class. "Our days of exams and papers, and the all-nighters we had to pull to complete them, are for the most part behind us. . . . This is definitely a time to rejoice in the fact that our time as students -- something we have been for the majority of our lives -- is officially over. But we should also remember that our days as students will never truly be finished because life is a constant learning experience."

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

Richard Hayman, conductor and composer. He received an honorary doctorate in music.

"This is a great honor to be here and be in your presence . . . I wish I had gone to school, but I was too busy roaming the earth exploring all the places around for years and years . . . just having fun."

STUDENTS' REACTIONS

Geovanny Santamaria, 24, of Mineola; bachelor's, music education

"Now I feel accomplished. I feel like I am ready to compete and be a professional out there."

Daniel Pfeifer, 26, of Port Jefferson Station, the school valedictorian; bachelor's, film/video

"Go for your dreams, no matter what you want to do in life."

Camille Shannon, 23, of Deer Park, originally from Bridgeport, Conn.; bachelor's, music theater

"I'm feeling good, accomplished and educated."

Danielle DiFronzo, 24, of Hicksville; master's, childhood education

"I'm looking to get a full-time teaching position -- on the Island, preferably."

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