Hillary Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at C.W. Post Commencement
on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14

Brookville, N.Y. -- More than 2,300 students will gather on the Great Lawn on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, 2006 for the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University’s 48th commencement exercises. United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law and will deliver the keynote address.

The former first lady of the United States, Clinton is one of the most compelling figures in American public life. She serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Special Committee on Aging; and she is the first New Yorker ever to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

As part of the main ceremony, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters also will be awarded to Leonard Riggio, chairman of Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest online book seller.

C.W. Post, a private, co-educational institution of higher learning located in Brookville, N.Y., has awarded more than 90,000 degrees in its 51-year history.

Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Roland A. DeSilva (’62 business administration), founder and managing partner of the investment bank DeSilva & Phillips, and C. David Ruvola (’81 recreation administration), retired lieutenant colonel in the New York Air National Guard who flew a harrowing rescue mission in the 1991 nor’easter chronicled as “The Perfect Storm.”

Commencement 2006 will include the presentation of a new Long Island University medal, the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service. This award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to campuses of Long Island University. The inaugural Chancellor’s Award will be presented to two esteemed faculty members of Long Island University: Charles G. Hitchcock, a professor of sociology for 39 years and dean of academic affairs at the Southampton Graduate Campus; and Morimichi Watanabe, a professor of political science and history at the C.W. Post Campus and one of the world’s leading authorities on the 15th century cardinal and philosopher Nicholas of Cusa.

Music education major Tara Mayernick of Shelton, Conn. is C.W. Post’s Valedictorian. Mayernick, 21, is a community volunteer for children’s music programs as well as an accomplished oboist, clarinetist and singer. A member of the Honors Program, she will be the main student speaker at the commencement ceremony and will be awarded the coveted Bachelor of Music degree.

Stephanie Grice, 22, an honors student and resident of Batavia, N.Y., has been named Salutatorian. Grice, who will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, plans a career in medicine as a neuroscience researcher.

The Class of 2006 includes 949 baccalaureate degree candidates, 1,376 master's degree candidates, 16 graduates receiving the Psy.D. in clinical psychology and three receiving the Ph.D. in information studies. This year, C.W. Post’s commencement ceremonies also include graduates from Southampton College and the Southampton Graduate Campus of Long Island University.

Posted: April 12, 2006

The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, located in Brookville, New York, enrolls 8,400 students in more than 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in accountancy, business, education, liberal arts and sciences, information and computer science, health professions and nursing, public service, and visual and performing arts. C.W. Post also offers doctorates in information studies and clinical psychology as well as an extensive continuing education program. C.W. Post is one of six campuses of Long Island University, one of the largest and most comprehensive private universities in the United States.

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