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LIU Post holds 59th commencement in Brookville

Graduates take selfies while switching their tassels as

Graduates take selfies while switching their tassels as LIU Post holds its 59th commencement on the Brookville campus, Friday, May 5 , 2017. Credit: Steve Pfost

LIU Post held its 59th commencement on the university’s Brookville campus on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Number of graduates

904 bachelor’s degrees, 1,095 master’s, 56 dual bachelor’s/master’s, 43 doctorates, 174 advanced certificates.

Commencement speaker

T. Denny Sanford, a philanthropist and entrepreneur who is the chairman of United National Corp., a bank holding company, was presented with an honorary doctor of business degree. Sanford, 81, donated $5 million to launch the LIU T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, aimed at bringing together academia and industry to educate students.

“Graduates, this is a big day. This is a huge day. I remember mine back in 1958, way back in the dinosaur age. It was a very special honor for me. I was the first graduate in my family, and I couldn’t have been prouder, but I’m just as proud standing here today,” Sanford said.

Student speaker

Class of 2017 valedictorian Melissa Peet of Monroe, Connecticut, told fellow graduates to go off the beaten path. “Whatever you chose or do in life, be happy,” she said. “And enjoy the journey.” Peet played on the LIU softball team and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in health science and health care administration.


Jesse Meaney, 23, education

“It’s exciting to be done with college but very sad to not be playing a sport anymore,” said Meaney, a wrestler from Toms River, New Jersey, who has plans of becoming a high school history teacher. “But it’s a new adventure and something I can keep working on to improve.”

Milton Farez, 23, economics and business administration

“This is a goal I’ve had since I was a little kid,” said Farez of Hampton Bays, who is the son of Ecuadorean immigrants and will begin a job at Morgan Stanley in Melville. “For my parents, this is definitely huge.”

Bertha Weche, 29, education and psychology

“I’m overwhelmed with joy. I came a long way,” said Weche of Brooklyn, who intends to work for a year before going to graduate school to study education. “I’ve always had a love and passion for working with children.”

Klara Lindblom, 22, business management

“Things here are so different but after two months you feel like an American,” said Lindblom, an international student from Stockholm, Sweden. “The entire experience has been great, and if I had the chance to do it again I would.”

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