Briarcliffe College will hold its 2010 Commencement on Saturday May 22, 2010. Congressman Tim Bishop will be the commencement speaker, addressing the graduating class of nearly 600 students and more than 3,000 in the audience of family, friends and faculty expected to attend.
Briarcliffe College President Dr. George Santiago, Jr. will do the honors, conferring diplomas to the students assembled from the College’s Bethpage, Patchogue and Queens locations. Commencement ceremonies will be held at the Suffolk Community College Sports/Convention Complex at 101 Crooked Hill Road in Brentwood, beginning at
“Tim Bishop represents the 1st Congressional District where our Patchogue campus is located,” said Dr. Santiago. “We know him to be sensitive to matters of higher education, drawing from his nearly 30 years at Southampton College and current assignments on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and its Higher Education and Lifelong Learning subcommittee. Briarcliffe College students will benefit from hearing the Congressman speak as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.”
First elected to Congress in 2002, Bishop today serves not only on the important Education committees, but also the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Briarcliffe College provides relevant and meaningful career-focused education to young people, to transitioning students, to adults enhancing their current careers or seeking a career change,” said Bishop. “I am honored to be invited to participate in Commencement and to share this exciting moment with the graduates and their families.”
A native of Southampton, NY, and the 12th generation to hail from the south shore Long Island town, Bishop and his wife, Kathryn, have raised their two daughters in this community.
Bishop earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross and his master’s degree from Long Island University. He began his career in education as an Admissions Officer at Southampton College in 1973 and during his 29 years there, rose successively to more prominent positions, and ultimately the role of Provost.