Class of 2015: LIU Post
Number of undergraduate degrees: 1,138
Guest commencement speaker: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
Schumer told the students that they were the first generation of the Internet age. When they were toddlers, there were 13 sites on the World Wide Web; today there are 4 billion, he said, noting, "Technology is to your generation what water is to a fish: You've been swimming in it all your life."
"My advice for the class of 2015 is simple -- go for it!" Schumer said, pumping his fist into the air.
Honorary degree and speaker: Lynne Greene, worldwide group president, Estee Lauder Corp.
Greene recalled how she came to New York City from the small town of Lebanon, Missouri, 39 years ago and rose to her current position at Estee Lauder. She said her sister advised her then: "I think you should be yourself, because if you're someone other than yourself, it's not going to work anyway." Greene advised the graduates: "Be yourself with the talents that come naturally to yourself."
Valedictorian: Michael Ibrahim, 23, West Islip
Ibrahim said he took a year off from college to do volunteer work in Kenya, where he found a purpose in life. "I felt more at home than I ever felt before," he said. His advice to fellow students: "Find what you are truly great at and turn it into a gift for others."
Vanessa Senat, 21, Elmont, psychology
"I plan on taking a year off, but I'm going to grad school -- medical school -- because I want to become a pediatrician. I love children and I love the medical field so I thought this was best."
Thomas Williams, 22, Westbury, finance and economics
"I'm going to be an insurance broker, I think. It's a good opportunity, and it's got a good future. I'll go wherever the wind takes me."
Soumia Meziadi, 27, Bayside, finance and international business
"Right now I'm working in the city in the Flatiron District, for an international marketing firm. I would like to work in finance, but in the fashion industry."
Soowan Park, 27, Little Neck, information systems
"I want to be a data analyst. I'd like to work in New York City, but later [go] back to my country, South Korea."