LIU Brooklyn Commencement Honors Nearly 3,000 Students
Celebration as students graduated on May 15
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
Long Island University,
LIU Brooklyn, LIU Pharmacy, and LIU Hudson celebrated the achievements of 2,925 graduates from the Class of 2014 on Thursday, May 15, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Nearly 10,000 graduates, families, guests, and university officials attended the ceremony.
Grand Marshal Anthony J. Cutie (Ph.D.,’66) professor of pharmaceutics at LIU Pharmacy, welcomed students and guests. LIU President Kimberly R. Cline (Ph.D.) told students, “Today we celebrate you and all you’ve accomplished … this ceremony marks an important turning point in your life, a rite of passage that you have so greatly earned.”
Eric Krasnoff, chairman of the board of trustees of Long Island University, greeted graduates on behalf of the board. “Even years from now, you will divide your life into what happened before 2014 and what followed,” said Krasnoff.
Gale Stevens Haynes, vice president, chief operating officer, and legal counsel at LIU, introduced the valedictorian of the Class of 2014, English major Joshua LaMore. “I want to emphasize that along with our achievements, today we celebrate a transition, a starting point, not an end,” LaMore told his fellow graduates. “Learning at LIU is over, but now a new method of learning is about to begin. But, from this point forward, how we learn and what we do with it, is up to us. That is the challenge.”
Also recognized were the honorary degree recipients, Alan Fishman and Billy Dawn Smith. Smith, a renowned singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer, was presented the Doctor of Music for his contribution to history of music and at LIU. Fishman, an active community leader in Brooklyn, who serves as board chair for the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, was presented the Doctor of Humane Letters. Fishman spoke to students about his own Brooklyn upbringing and urged them not to limit themselves. “Don’t take the convenient path because it’s the easiest; instead try to imagine where your skills and interests may take you and then go figure out some sensible way to get there,” said Fishman.
In addition, Abdul Muktadir ’84 was given the Distinguished Alumni award from LIU Pharmacy. Muktadir is managing director and founder of Incepta Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., where his ability to launch a variety of generic products contributed to the remarkable progress of the company.
Commencement 2014 celebrated the achievements of 899 baccalaureate students, 1,339 master’s degree candidates, 258 doctoral candidates, 22 associate’s degree recipients, and 84 who have completed advanced certificates.
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