Number of graduates

1,041 degrees awarded at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum -- 744 bachelor's, 248 master's, 43 associate and six advanced certificates.

Commencement speaker

Sister Mary Hughes, prioress of the Sisters of St. Dominic, told graduates, "You've been taught to give service to the world. . . . Study is integral to the life of one educated in the Dominican tradition. Study calls us to a relentless search for the truth. Keep listening, even when the opinion is not one that we hold, and it requires that we be attentive to the events of our world and the life of this earth to hear what they have to teach us. Regardless of your major, these themes have been the underpinning of your curriculum, as well as the elements fostering your social activities. . . . You have been part of something very special here at Molloy. Graduates, you leave Molloy with a special kind of degree. Remember that fact, and use it to go build a certain kind of world in which we all want to live."

Welcome address

Drew Bogner, president of Molloy College, said, "Molloy graduates, you are called to be that resilient, optimistic leader who can inspire others to create positive change. Today, I congratulate you on your success, and await your stories of how you, all of you, will be transformative leaders."

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The graduates

Cassandra Beggen, 21

bachelor's degree, finance

"I have a job starting July 15 at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the city, as a bank examiner in the supervisory development program." She added she feels very "excited" to have landed a job in her field.

Michael Lieberman, 22

bachelor's in social studies with a second major in political science

He said he will begin working in the fall teaching social studies and English at a private school in Lawrence. "I feel blessed, so lucky. I'm the only one out of 150 [in his major] that has a job lined up."

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Debbie Holland, 43

bachelor's in nursing

"I go to work tomorrow," she said of returning to her nursing job at Huntington Hospital. "I always wanted to get my bachelor's," she said, and now she said officials are pushing nurses who had two-year degrees like Holland to go further. Her next goal, she said, is to get a master's degree.

Matthew Leeb, 22

class valedictorian, bachelor's in biology

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He plans to go to law school next year, and his goal is to be a medical malpractice attorney. First, he said, "I'm taking some time off and going to Spain," with the aim of immersing himself in the language to become fluent.