Molloy College graduation

Number of graduates: 845

Commencement speaker: Jim McCann, chief executive of 1-800-Flowers, based in Carle Place. McCann had a career as a social worker before starting the company, and urged students to help others. "Forget about all the fancy stuff. We as human beings, we seek out social connections. We want to love and be loved. We want to find special connections. . . . It influences our every behavior."

Valedictorian: E.J. Dreyer, of Floral Park, 21, a nursing student who played on the women's basketball team, which made the NCAA Tournament this past season. "We have all had to achieve a balance in our lives, and have made sacrifices to do so. We are now finally realizing the success that has come out of our sacrifices."

Molloy students speak out

Vicky Siniscalchi, 21, of North Babylon

Bachelor's in nursing

"I hope to pass the nursing boards on my first time and get a nursing job by the end of summer. I also want to spend two or three weeks backpacking through Europe before I start working."

Kymira Woodberry, 22, of Boston

Bachelor's in accounting

"I played basketball during college and want to be on a women's team. I tried out for the Puerto Rico team, and hope to make it. I want to make a career out of basketball because it's my passion. I have my accounting degree to fall back on."

Erin Rut, 22, of East Meadow

Bachelor's in accounting

"I'm on the softball team and in the morning we leave for the College World Series in Missouri, and then I look for work. From what I hear, accounting jobs are open, so I hope I'll get one."

Kevin Quiambao, 27, of East Meadow

Master's in business administration

"I work on Molloy's help desk as a supervisor and coach women's volleyball, and I want to stay here and earn a master's in criminal justice. Having a masters in business administration and a bachelor's in computer science, I feel I have an advantage over many people looking for jobs."

Marianne Tiam, 27, of Valley Stream

Bachelor's in nursing

"My focus is on passing the nursing boards, so at this point I'm not even looking for a job. I'd also like to get a master's in nursing because in order to be OK in this economy, a master's helps you stand out."

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