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Molloy College 2016 commencement

Attendees at the Molloy College graduation ceremony at

Attendees at the Molloy College graduation ceremony at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Molloy College held its 58th commencement Saturday at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

Number of graduates

1,082: 721 bachelor’s degrees, 351 master’s degrees and 10 doctorates

Commencement speaker

Molloy College President Drew Bogner told the graduating students they now are prepared for work and life ahead. “I look out at a sea of black and I sense a thousand dreams and yearnings. Some that are clear and real and tangible and others that are still in formation,” he said. “If there’s one thing I know about Molloy graduates: Your callings and dreams are both practical and idealistic. They are framed in the real world and born out of a strong sense in the possible, but also with the desire to make a difference. Not only in your own lives but in the lives of others. After all, you’re not graduates from just any college.”

Student reactions

Lauren Henry, 25, nursing

“Now I have to study for my licensing exam. After that, I’ll start applying to hospitals,” said Henry, of West Islip.

David Oxford, 31, master’s in business management

“I currently work at Northwell Health and I want to continue to grow in the health system,” said Oxford, of Lakeview.

Alex Carrera, 25, sociology

“Now that I’ve finally received my bachelor’s, I plan on using that to get a career that I love working with,” said Carrera, of Mineola. “I can work in a hospital, with the police or at different universities.”

Kelly Murphy, 25, nursing

“I have a position already at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan,” said Murphy, of North Babylon.

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