Farmingdale State College will graduate almost 1,200 students on Saturday, reflecting significant growth from its first graduating class of 30 students.
Though the commencement robes may look black, they’re really green – made from recycled plastic bottles.
“Students are really pleased that their robes are environmentally friendly,” said President W. Hubert Keen. “We’ve been getting very positive responses – and as we like to say – Green Then. Green Now.”
Ten members of the community who have received statewide recognition through the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence:
- Jaimie Dorr, Business Management, of Shirley
- Salvatore Hanusiewicz, CPIS/Applied Mathematics (dual degree) of Massapequa
- Amy Olenick, Nursing, of Lake Ronkonkoma
- David Olivo, Dental Hygiene, of East Elmhurst
Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship & Creative Activities:
- Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim, Huntington Station, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service:
- Marguerite Fagella-D’Aloisio, South Farmingdale, Director of the Student Success Center
- Peter Greco, Manorville, Instructional Support for Visual Communications: Art
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching:
- Dr. Karen M. Escolas, Port Washington, Professor of Medical Laboratory Technology
- Dr. Marie C. Pullan, Wantagh, Professor of Computer Systems
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service:
- Christine M. Dose, Commack, secretary for Student Affairs
Also noteworthy this year is the graduation of the first class enrolled in the Applied Psychology BS program. In addition, a mother of four from Kings Park will graduate from the same program with her daughter – the day before Mother’s Day.
President and CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union Kirk Kordeleski is keynote speaker for this special commencement and the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters conferred by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Kordeleski served as a member of the Farmingdale College Foundation and has worked closely with Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen on projects of mutual interest, such as Project GRAD Long Island.