Siara Arnette, 23, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, says, “I actually graduated in December, but I’m walking today. I’m a social worker, and I started grad school last week.” (May 19, 2013)
Members of the SUNY Old Westbury graduating Class of 2013 celebrate during their commencement ceremonies.
A SUNY Old Westbury graduating student wears the appreciation she feels for her mom on her head. (May 19, 2013)
Patricia Silva, 41, who was awarded a bachelor's degree in elementary education major at SUNY Old Westbury, says, “I got tired of being in the corporate world. I wanted to do something more meaningful.” (May 19, 2013)
Mamadou Thiam, 22, who earned a bachelor's degree in politics, economic and law major at SUNY Old Westbury, says, “I don’t really like politicians, and lawyers bend the truth. I’m interested in how the economy works, and how to make it work better.” (May 19, 2013)
SUNY Old Westbury graduates applaud during the 2013 commencement ceremonies. (May 19, 2013)
Betsy Rivas, 25, who was awarded a bachelor's degree in Spanish language and culture major at SUNY Old Westbury, says, “I’ve always had three jobs — part-time teaching assistant, housekeeping and baby-sitting. I’m proud of making it through, and I’m graduating with no student loans.” (May 19, 2013)
Anthony O'Neal, 21, who was awarded a bachelor's degree in computer information systems at SUNY Old Westbury, says “I’m feeling relief, but also some aggravation — you’ve got to clean up stuff and make sure you get through in tiptop shape.” (May 19, 2013)