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Webb Institute 2015 commencement

The Webb Institute 2015 graduating class celebrates on

The Webb Institute 2015 graduating class celebrates on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Glen Cove. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Number of graduates
20 bachelor of science degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering

Commencement speaker Thomas B. Crowley Jr. of Crowley Maritime in Jacksonville, Florida:
"Just because something has never been done before doesn't mean it can't be done. . . . Keep that in mind as you leave here today. As engineers, I believe you are natural and learned problem-solvers and that you will accomplish some extraordinary things during your careers. Know that we are counting on you. The industry is counting on you."

Student speaker Nolan Conway, 21, of Hauppauge:
"The most special thing about Webb is the people. At Webb, you do not choose your friends. You are given them. That has made the 19 of you more like my family than my friends. Yes, we fight, and at times we do not get along. But in the end, as a class, we stand together. I take great pride in that."

Students' future plans

Cody Owen, 22, of East Moriches will be going to Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands for a master's degree specializing in floating wind turbines. "There were assignments where not everybody knew how to do it," he said of the difficulty of Webb. "We all helped each other deal with problems. It's been quite a challenge, but a very good experience. Very eye-opening."

Gabriel Poritz, 23, of Zurich plans to return to Switzerland to pursue a business-oriented master's degree. "I don't think any of us would have made it through if we weren't so close-knit," he said of the graduating seniors.

Wesley Yland, 24, of Northport, plans to move to Houston to work with a company called Waste Management. "I'm going to be doing logistics for trucking of waste throughout the country," he said.

Erin McElroy, 23, of Groton, Massachusetts, also plans to move to Houston to work for ExxonMobil Development Company "in the floating structures department. I'll be designing oil platforms. I'm so excited."

Conway will be heading to Chile to work on a capsized-boat project for Razzle Marine. "For a lot of us at Webb, we weren't sure that we were going to graduate," he said. "That's something that's different about this college. This is a school where you come here, no matter how smart you are, and there's a chance you won't make it. So to finally make it to this moment is truly special."


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