TODAY'S PAPER
Overcast 30° Good Evening
Overcast 30° Good Evening
Long Island

Briarcliffe College holds 2015 commencement

Valedictorians Suzanne Calderia and Joseph Messa walk at

Valedictorians Suzanne Calderia and Joseph Messa walk at Briarcliffe College's graduation on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Photo Credit: Uli Seit

Number of graduates650

Commencement speakerBriarcliffe president George Santiago Jr. gave students one last homework assignment: Be proud of yourselves and help others. "Graduates, understand that you are a wonder," he said. "Be keenly aware that there are others with less, often much less, than you, through no fault of their own, who need your help."

Keynote speakerRep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) emphasized public service while pursuing the American dream. "Stay grounded and never forget where you came from," he advised. "Do what your gut tells you is right . . . There is no greater cause in life than to make this world better than you found it."

Class speakerCo-valedictorian Suzanne Caldeira, of Medford, who now holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, advised, "Cherish your family and friends and do not wake up tomorrow with regrets."

Latest Long Island News

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to Newsday is free for Optimum customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE