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College graduations around Long Island 2012

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. More than 3,000 students received associate's degrees. (May 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Students are graduating from colleges and universities across Long Island. Here are pictures from their triumphant moments. Click here to share your graduation photos.

Emma Schmidt of Ridge, 8, daughter of SUNY
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Emma Schmidt of Ridge, 8, daughter of SUNY Empire State College Professor Matthew Schmidt, looks on during the school's Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Micheline Coley of Massapequa, second from right, laughs
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Micheline Coley of Massapequa, second from right, laughs with her fellow graduates as they listen to the remarks of SUNY Empire State College President Alan Davis during the school's Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Graduates line up for the processional during the
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Graduates line up for the processional during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Great Neck native Margaret Forman, 68, center, who
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Great Neck native Margaret Forman, 68, center, who now lives in New Jersey, celebrates with fellow graduates during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Journalist Melba Tolliver, former anchor for WABC-TV, WNBC-TV
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Journalist Melba Tolliver, former anchor for WABC-TV, WNBC-TV and News 12 Long Island, smiles as she is introduced during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. Tolliver was the keynote speaker. (June 16, 2012)

Journalist Melba Tolliver, former anchor for WABC-TV, WNBC-TV
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Journalist Melba Tolliver, former anchor for WABC-TV, WNBC-TV and News 12 Long Island, delivers her keynote address during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Graduate Dolores Bond smiles as she approaches the
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Graduate Dolores Bond smiles as she approaches the podium to deliver her remarks during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Micheline Coley of Massapequa smiles as she walks
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Micheline Coley of Massapequa smiles as she walks across the stage during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Graduates are photographed by friends and family as
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Graduates are photographed by friends and family as they approach the stage during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Nina Dillon of Freeport waves to her friends
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Nina Dillon of Freeport waves to her friends and family during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

Graduates are photographed by friends and family as
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Graduates are photographed by friends and family as they approach the stage during the SUNY Empire State College Long Island region graduation at C.W. Post's Tilles Center in Old Westbury. (June 16, 2012)

New York State Sen. Charles Schumer speaks to
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

New York State Sen. Charles Schumer speaks to the St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates await
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates await their names to be call during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates await
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates await their names to be call during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

New York State Senator Charles Schumer speaks to
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New York State Senator Charles Schumer speaks to the St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates await
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates await their names to be call during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (May 29, 2012)

Theresa A. Regnante, the president and chief executive
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Theresa A. Regnante, the president and chief executive officer of United Way of Long Island, speaks to the St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduates during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Megan
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Megan Stanton during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Louis
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Louis LaRusso during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Joseph
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Joseph Aguila during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Jillian
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Jillian Kearney during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Francene
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St. Joseph's College class of 2012 graduate Francene Lesson during the graduation ceremony at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (May 29, 2012)

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. More than 3,000 students received associate's degrees. (May 23, 2012)

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. More than 3,000 students received associate's degrees. (May 23, 2012)

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. More than 3,000 students received associate's degrees. (May 23, 2012)

Karen Gimenez of Elmont waves to family members
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Karen Gimenez of Elmont waves to family members during Nassau Community College's commencement which took place Wednesday evening at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. More than 3,000 students received associate's degrees. (May 23, 2012)

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Nassau Community College's commencement took place Wednesday evening at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. More than 3,000 students received associate's degrees. (May 23, 2012)

Hugo R. Ramirez gives the keynote address during
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Hugo R. Ramirez gives the keynote address during Nassau Community College's 52nd commencement at Nassau Coliseum. (May 23, 2012)

Michael Valveri, 23, of Uniondale is among the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Michael Valveri, 23, of Uniondale is among the graduates at the 2012 Molloy College commencement ceremony held Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

Linwood Pitt, 23, of North Amityville is among
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Linwood Pitt, 23, of North Amityville is among the graduates at the 2012 Molloy College commencement ceremony held Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

Caroline Lynch, 21, of Hewlett is among the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Caroline Lynch, 21, of Hewlett is among the graduates at the 2012 Molloy College commencement ceremony held Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

Kylie Barbosa, 21, of Westbury is among the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Kylie Barbosa, 21, of Westbury is among the graduates at the 2012 Molloy College commencement ceremony held at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

Gregory Lubrano, 22, of Massapequa is among the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Gregory Lubrano, 22, of Massapequa is among the graduates at the 2012 Molloy College commencement ceremony held Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

A decorated mortarboard is seen at the 2012
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

A decorated mortarboard is seen at the 2012 Molloy College graduation held Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA is the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA is the commencement speaker at the 2012 Molloy College graduation held Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

Decorated mortarboards are seen at the 2012 Molloy
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Decorated mortarboards are seen at the 2012 Molloy Collegegraduation held Monday at the Nassau Coliseum. (May 21, 2012)

An overhead view of the 2012 Molloy College
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An overhead view of the 2012 Molloy College graduation on Monday at the Nassau Coliseum is shown. (May 21, 2012)

Lawrence Raful, J.D., dean and professor of law
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Lawrence Raful, J.D., dean and professor of law receives an award during Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center' s 13th annual commencement ceremony at The New York City Center. Raful is stepping down as dean of Touro College Law Center. (May 20, 2012)

Jams Tsimis of Hicksville speaks during the Touro
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Jams Tsimis of Hicksville speaks during the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center's 13th annual commencement ceremony at The New York City Center. (May 20, 2012)

Students enter the stage of The New York
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Students enter the stage of The New York City Center for Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center's 13th annual commencement ceremony. (May 20, 2012)

Graduates participate in Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg
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Graduates participate in Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center's 13th annual commencement ceremony at The New York City Center. (May 20, 2012)

Students participate in Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg
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Students participate in Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center's 13th Annual Commencement Exercises at The New York City Center. (May 20, 2012)

The Honorable Leon Lazer addresses students during the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

The Honorable Leon Lazer addresses students during the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center's 13th annual commencement ceremony at The New York City Center. (May 20, 2012)

Kait Peters, 22, of Wantagh, and Renald Breville,
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Kait Peters, 22, of Wantagh, and Renald Breville, 23, of Hempstead are among the hundreds who graduated Sunday from SUNY Old Westbury. (May 20, 2012)

A student wears her graduation cap decorated with
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

A student wears her graduation cap decorated with a special message to her mom during the SUNY Old Westbury commencement ceremony on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Faculty members congratulate a student during the 46th
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Faculty members congratulate a student during the 46th commencement ceremony at SUNY Old Westbury on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Students participate in the 46th commencement ceremony at
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Students participate in the 46th commencement ceremony at SUNY Old Westbury on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Students participate in the 46th commencement ceremony at
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Students participate in the 46th commencement ceremony at SUNY Old Westbury on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Michael Arroyo, 24, of Farmingdale, receives his master's
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Michael Arroyo, 24, of Farmingdale, receives his master's degree in adolescence education from SUNY Old Westbury on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Jorge Briones is among the thousands of students
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Jorge Briones is among the thousands of students who graduated from NYIT in Old Westbury. (May 20, 2012)

The Class of 2012 at NYIT in Old
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The Class of 2012 at NYIT in Old Westbury prepares to graduate. (May 20, 2012)

Michael Pineda is among the thousands of students
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Michael Pineda is among the thousands of students who graduated from NYIT in Old Westbury. (May 20, 2012)

Edward Guiliano, president of NYIT, addresses the Class
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Edward Guiliano, president of NYIT, addresses the Class of 2012 during this year's commencement ceremony. (May 20, 2012)

James Marsanico is among the thousands of students
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James Marsanico is among the thousands of students who graduated from NYIT in Old Westbury. (May 20, 2012)

James Chichester, 21, of Medford, is among the
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James Chichester, 21, of Medford, is among the students who graduated from Suffolk County Community College on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises are held
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Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises are held on Sunday at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises are held
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Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises are held on Sunday at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. (May 20, 2012)

Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises were held
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Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises were held on Sunday at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. (May 20, 2012)

Jennifer Carall, of Mount Sinai, graduates from Suffolk
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Jennifer Carall, of Mount Sinai, graduates from Suffolk County Community College on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises were held
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Suffolk County Community College commencement exercises were held Sunday at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. (May 20, 2012)

Valerie Brancato, 49, of East Northport, is among
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Valerie Brancato, 49, of East Northport, is among the students who graduated from Suffolk County Community College on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Michael Marro, 22, of Hauppauge graduates Sunday with
Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

Michael Marro, 22, of Hauppauge graduates Sunday with the Class of 2012 from Hofstra University. (May 20, 2012)

Samantha Morrill, 21, of Danbury, Conn., graduates from
Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

Samantha Morrill, 21, of Danbury, Conn., graduates from Hofstra University on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves attends Hofstra University's
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CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves attends Hofstra University's graduation ceremony on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves attends Hofstra University's
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CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves attends Hofstra University's graduation on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Hofstra University's Class of 2012 receive their diplomas
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Hofstra University's Class of 2012 receive their diplomas on Sunday. (May 20, 2012)

Danielle DiFronzo kisses her sons Nicholas, 2, and
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Danielle DiFronzo kisses her sons Nicholas, 2, and Angelo, 4 months, at Five Towns College commencement ceremony at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. (May 19, 2012)

Five Towns College students in the class of
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Five Towns College students in the class of 2012 head toward the Orloff Auditorium at Half Hollow High School in where the Dix Hills college held its commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Two Five Towns College graduates, from left, Mark
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Two Five Towns College graduates, from left, Mark Legovich, 22, of Farmingdale and Carlos Pandullo, 22, of Bellmore, participate in commencement at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. (May 19, 2012)

The Five Towns Collge class of 2012 files
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The Five Towns Collge class of 2012 files into an auditorium at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills for commencement. (May 19, 2012)

Five Towns College class of 2012 salutatorian Kaitlin
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Five Towns College class of 2012 salutatorian Kaitlin Marie Carr speaks during commencement at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. (May 19, 2012)

Five Towns College provost Roger Sherman addresses graduates
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Five Towns College provost Roger Sherman addresses graduates during commencement at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. (May 19, 2012)

Carlos Sanchez, 22, of Central Islip, is among
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Carlos Sanchez, 22, of Central Islip, is among the graduates at Five Towns College commencement at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in commercial music management. (May 19, 2012)

Michaela Milton, 22, is among the Five Towns
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Michaela Milton, 22, is among the Five Towns College graduates participating in graduation ceremonies at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. She earned a bachelor's degree in business. (May 19, 2012)

Brendan McGrath, 24, of Huntington, left, and Philip
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Brendan McGrath, 24, of Huntington, left, and Philip Gomes, 25, of Williamsburg, graduated Saturday from Five Towns College, in Dix Hills. Both graduated with a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in music. (May 19, 2012)

Justin Felix, 22, of Brentwood, is among the
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Justin Felix, 22, of Brentwood, is among the graduates from Five Towns College. He participated in commencement at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. He earned a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in commercial music management. (May 19, 2012)

Five Towns College president Stanley Cohen gives an
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Five Towns College president Stanley Cohen gives an honorary doctorate of music to music arranger-conductor and harmonica player Richard Hayman, right, during the college's commencement ceremony at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. (May 19, 2012)

Five Towns College provost Roger Sherman, speaks to
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Five Towns College provost Roger Sherman, speaks to the class of 2012 during the college's commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Grammy winner Chrisette Michele Payne, a 2008 graduate
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Grammy winner Chrisette Michele Payne, a 2008 graduate of Five Towns College, speaks to the graduating class of 2012 during commencement at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. (May 19, 2012)

A student prepares to turn her tassel at
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A student prepares to turn her tassel at the Braircliffe College commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Nareg Haviters, 24, receives his bachelors degree in
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Nareg Haviters, 24, receives his bachelors degree in marketing from Briarcliffe College. The commencement ceremony was held at Suffolk Community College's Brentwood Campus. (May 19, 2012)

A student approaches the podium to accept her
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A student approaches the podium to accept her degree at Briarcliffe College's commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Tony Bracco, 23, receives his bachelors degree in
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Tony Bracco, 23, receives his bachelors degree in graphic design from Briarcliffe College. The commencement ceremony was held at Suffolk Community College's Brentwood Campus. (May 19, 2012)

President of Briarcliffe College, Dr. George Santiago, Jr.
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President of Briarcliffe College, Dr. George Santiago, Jr. prepares to start giving students their degrees at Briarcliffe College's commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

A student prepares to turn her tassel at
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A student prepares to turn her tassel at the Braircliffe College commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice performs
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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice performs Briarcliffe College's commencement address. (May 19, 2012)

Cherie Bottcher gives her valedictory address at Briarcliffe
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Cherie Bottcher gives her valedictory address at Briarcliffe College's commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
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Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Valedictorian Michael W. Guethlein participates in Dowling College's
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Valedictorian Michael W. Guethlein participates in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Dr. Jeremy D. Brown gives the commencement speech
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Dr. Jeremy D. Brown gives the commencement speech during Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
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Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Among the graduates at Dowling College's 50th commencement
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Among the graduates at Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony are, from left, Nicole Rupolo, Macy Schroeder, Anne Herd and Stephanie Tusso. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
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Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
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Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
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Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
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Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Faculty and students participate in Dowling College's 50th
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Faculty and students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony.
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Students participate in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Twin brothers from left, William and Robert Huether,
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Twin brothers from left, William and Robert Huether, are among the students participating in Dowling College's 50th commencement ceremony. (May 19, 2012)

Stony Brook Class of 2012 commencement speaker Glenn
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Stony Brook Class of 2012 commencement speaker Glenn Dubin, alumnus, philanthropist and honorary degree recipient, delivers his speech during the graduation ceremony at LaValle Stadium. (May 18, 2012)

Stony Brook University's Class of 2012 participates in
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Stony Brook University's Class of 2012 participates in its graduation ceremony at LaValle Stadium. (May 18, 2012)

Doctoral recipient Brooke Ellison is one of the
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Doctoral recipient Brooke Ellison is one of the members of Stony Brook University's Class of 2012 that graduated Friday at LaValle Stadium. (May 18, 2012)

Yasseen Eldik of Kings Park is among the
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Yasseen Eldik of Kings Park is among the members of Stony Brook University's Class of 2012 that graduated Friday at LaValle Stadium. (May 18, 2012)

Jessica Raphael, left, and Cindy Auguste, right, are
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Jessica Raphael, left, and Cindy Auguste, right, are among the members of Stony Brook University's Class of 2012 that graduated Friday at LaValle Stadium. (May 18, 2012)

Jackie Cowles is among the members of Stony
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Jackie Cowles is among the members of Stony Brook University's Class of 2012 that graduated Friday at LaValle Stadium. (May 18, 2012)

Alex Mignone is among the members of Stony
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Alex Mignone is among the members of Stony Brook University's Class of 2012 that graduated Friday at LaValle Stadium. (May 18, 2012)

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks to the Adelphi
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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks to the Adelphi University 2012 graduating class during the commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

Michelle Cifelli, of Mineola, cheers with the Adelphi
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Michelle Cifelli, of Mineola, cheers with the Adelphi University 2012 graduating class during the commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

Karen Gisela Sandoval thanks her mom with a
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Karen Gisela Sandoval thanks her mom with a message on her graduation cap during the Adelphi University 2012 commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

The Adelphi University 2012 class participated in its
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The Adelphi University 2012 class participated in its commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

Michelle Cifelli, of Mineola, cheers with the Adelphi
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Michelle Cifelli, of Mineola, cheers with the Adelphi University 2012 graduating class during the commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

The Adelphi University 2012 class participated in its
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The Adelphi University 2012 class participated in its commencement ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its
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The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its graduation ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its
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The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its graduation ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its
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The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its graduation ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its
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The Adelphi University 2012 class participates in its graduation ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (May 18, 2012)

Students stand ready to graduate from Farmingdale State
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Students stand ready to graduate from Farmingdale State College. (May 12, 2012)

Farmingdale State College's graduating class at the ceremony.
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Farmingdale State College's graduating class at the ceremony. (May 12, 2012)

Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside gets a kiss
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Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside gets a kiss from his mother, Nancy, as his father, Alan, looks on after his graduation from Farmingdale State College. Kisseloff was the lone survivor of a Pennsylvania plane crash on May 9 that killed two fellow Farmingdale State College aviation students. (May 12, 2012)

Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside, walks with a
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Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside, walks with a diploma after he graduated from Farmingdale State College. He was the lone survivor of a Pennsylvania plane crash that killed two fellow Farmingdale State College aviation students late Wednesday evening. (May 12, 2012)

Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside, walks with a
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Evan Kisseloff, 21, of Oceanside, walks with a diploma after he graduated from Farmingdale State College. He was the lone survivor in a Pennsylvania plane crash that killed two fellow Farmingdale State College aviation students late Wednesday evening. (May 12, 2012)

Roger Tilles, NYS Regent for the tenth Judicial
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Roger Tilles, NYS Regent for the tenth Judicial District, was the keynote speaker as commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. (May 8, 2012)

Commencement for LIU Riverhead was held at Westhampton
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Commencement for LIU Riverhead was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. The keynote speaker was Roger Tilles, member of the NYS Board of Regents and the valedictorian, Jennifer Wamsley. (May 8, 2012)

Valedictorian Jennifer Wamsley, 28, from East Northport got
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Valedictorian Jennifer Wamsley, 28, from East Northport got her B.S. Education. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. (May 8, 2012)

Alicia Schordine, 31, from East Moriches, got her
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Alicia Schordine, 31, from East Moriches, got her B.S. Education. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. (May 8, 2012)

Wayne Hutzel, 48, from Massapequa, got his master
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Wayne Hutzel, 48, from Massapequa, got his master of science in Homeland Security. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. (May 8, 2012)

Jeanne Kelly, 52, from Mattituck, got her master
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Jeanne Kelly, 52, from Mattituck, got her master of science in Homeland Security. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. (May 8, 2012)

Jennifer Wamsley, 28, from East Northport, valedictorian. B.S
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Jennifer Wamsley, 28, from East Northport, valedictorian. B.S Education. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. The keynote speaker was Roger Tilles, member of the NYS Board of Regents and valedictorian, Jennifer Wamsley. ((May 8, 2012)

Natasha Woodall Quezada, 31, from Southampton, B.S Education.
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Natasha Woodall Quezada, 31, from Southampton, B.S Education. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. The keynote speaker was Roger Tilles, member of the NYS Board of Regents and valedictorian, Jennifer Wamsley. ((May 8, 2012)

Alicia Schordine, 31, from East Moriches, B.S Education.
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Alicia Schordine, 31, from East Moriches, B.S Education. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. The keynote speaker was Roger Tilles, member of the NYS Board of Regents and valedictorian, Jennifer Wamsley. ((May 8, 2012)

Brendan Penn, 25, from Coram, got his B.S
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Brendan Penn, 25, from Coram, got his B.S Education. Commencement for LIU-Riverhead campus was held at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton Beach. (May 8, 2012)

Boxing promoter Don King speaks to graduates of
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Boxing promoter Don King speaks to graduates of New York College of Health Professions at their commencement at Long Island Marriott in Melville. (May 6, 2012)

Brian Hoglund, a graduate of New York College
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Brian Hoglund, a graduate of New York College of Health Professions, speaks after commencement at the Long Island Marriott in Melville. (May 6, 2012)

Frank J Fortini, a graduate of New York
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Frank J Fortini, a graduate of New York College of Health Professions, speaks after commencement at the Long Island Marriott in Melville. (May 6, 2012)

Denise Collins, a graduate of New York College
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Denise Collins, a graduate of New York College of Health Professions, speaks after commencement at the Long Island Marriott in Melville. (May 6, 2012)

Jessica D'Oliveira, a graduate of New York College
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Jessica D'Oliveira, a graduate of New York College of Health Professions, speaks after commencement at the Long Island Marriott in Melville. (May 6, 2012)

Boxing promoter Don King speaks to graduates of
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Boxing promoter Don King speaks to graduates of New York College of Health Professions at their commencement at the Long Island Marriott in Melville. (May 6, 2012)

Immacolata Livecchi, a graduate of New York College
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Immacolata Livecchi, a graduate of New York College of Health Professions, speaks after commencement at the Long Island Marriott in Melville. (May 6, 2012)

Kristen Becker, 21, of New Hyde Park poses
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Kristen Becker, 21, of New Hyde Park poses before the start of the 2012 commencement ceremony. Becker received a bachelor's degree in accounting sciences. (May 4, 2012)

James Stone, 22, poses before the LIU Post
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James Stone, 22, poses before the LIU Post commencement. Stone received a bachelor's degree in marketing sciences. (May 4, 2012)

Students, friends and family members head toward the
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Students, friends and family members head toward the main tent on the great lawn on the LIU Post campus in Brookville to take part in the 2012 graduation ceremony. (May 4, 2012)

Matthew Simone, 22, of West Islip poses before
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Matthew Simone, 22, of West Islip poses before the start of the LIU Post 2012 commencement. Simone received a bachelor's degree in marketing sciences. (May 4, 2012)

Derlyne Guesteau, 31, of North Babylon poses before
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Derlyne Guesteau, 31, of North Babylon poses before the LIU Post 2012 commencement. Guesteau received a master's degree in criminal justice. (May 4, 2012)

Christine Marchese of Malverne takes a moment to
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Christine Marchese of Malverne takes a moment to pose before the start of 2012 commencement at LIU Post in Brookville. (May 4, 2012)

LIU Post class valedictorian Sean Simensky of Locust
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LIU Post class valedictorian Sean Simensky of Locust Valley speaks to the graduating class during the university's commencement. (May 4, 2012)

Maeghan Grant, 24, of Lynbrook poses for a
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Maeghan Grant, 24, of Lynbrook poses for a picture before the start of the LIU Post 2012 commencement. Grant received a master's degree in criminal justice. (May 4, 2012)

Matthew Simone, 22, of West Islip, poses before
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Matthew Simone, 22, of West Islip, poses before the start of the 2012 commencement ceremony at LIU Post in Brookville. Simone received a bachelor's degree in marketing sciences.

Graduating students await the start of the 2012
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Graduating students await the start of the 2012 commencement at LIU Post in Brookville. (May 4, 2012)

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