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2013 Spring Commencement Activities and Honorees

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Watch the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremonies here: http://www.hofstra.edu/StudentAffairs/commen/commen_vid_webcast.html


Hofstra University has announced the honorees for spring commencement activities on Sunday and Monday, May 19-20, 2013. Approximately 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students will celebrate the completion of their studies during four separate graduation exercises.

All ceremonies will take place at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, located on Hofstra’s North Campus.

The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, May 19

• 9 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony for Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences and Human Services and School of Engineering and Applied Science, featuring Harvard economist Roland Fryer

• 1:30 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony for Frank G. Zarb School of Business and School of Communication, featuring Debra A. Sandler ’82, President of Mars Chocolate North America

• 6 p.m. Graduate Ceremony , featuring Julio A. Portalatin ’81, President and CEO of Mercer

Monday, May 20

• 7 p.m. Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Ceremony, featuring The Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis

More about the commencement honorees:

Roland Fryer is an award-winning Harvard economist, education activist and collaborator on the bestselling book Freakonomics. Named a “Rising Star” by Fortune magazine and featured in Esquire’s “Genius Issue,” Fryer has noted that his rise to success happened “through the medium of education and through the idea of the mind.” The story of Fryer’s life is an inspiration, as he overcame a grim childhood to become the youngest African-American ever to receive tenure from Harvard. Because of his personal experiences, Fryer has dedicated his life to changing the odds for all children across America.

Hofstra alumna Debra A. Sandler is president of Mars Chocolate North America. She is responsible for the Chocolate operations in the region, as well as serving as the Global TWIX® Brand Strategic Leader for Mars, Inc. Before joining Mars Chocolate North America, Ms. Sandler served as worldwide president at McNeil Nutritionals LLC, a division of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Ms. Sandler has been recognized by Fast Company as one of “The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2011” and by Black Enterprise as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” and “Person of the Year.” Ms. Sandler has served on the Board of Trustees at Hofstra University since 2008.

Hofstra alumnus Julio A. Portalatin is president and CEO of Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments that helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. Mr. Portalatin serves as corporate officer while also serving on the Marsh & McLennan Companies executive committee.

The Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis is a United States district judge for the Eastern District of New York. Judge Garaufis took office on August 28, 2000, and sits in Brooklyn, New York. He was appointed by President Clinton on the recommendation of United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In addition, Judge Garaufis serves as adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

Ticketing for Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremonies:
Undergraduate Ceremonies: Seating for the undergraduate ceremonies will be limited due to the size of the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Each spring undergraduate will receive 5 assigned seat tickets. Requests for extra tickets can be obtained by placing your name on a waiting list during robe distribution. If extra tickets become available, you will be contacted and the tickets will be ready for pick up in Room 112 Student Center on Friday, May 17.

Graduate and Law Ceremonies: There are no tickets.

Directions to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex

Meadowbrook Parkway to Exit M4 – Route 24 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Stay on 24W for about one mile. Pass Nassau Coliseum and travel under the first overhead walk way. Once you pass the first overhead walk way you will make your first right turn onto campus at the traffic light. Go to your second stop sign and make a right turn. The Mack Sports Complex will be a ¼ of a mile on your right hand side.

There are assigned parking areas for the two Undergraduate Ceremonies. There will be signage and Hofstra Public Safety officers directing traffic. There is also a map posted online at hofstra.edu/commencement(under the light blue Commencement horizontal heading, click on Tickets and Parking.)

There are no parking restrictions for the Graduate and Law ceremonies.

For additional information on commencement activities, such as eligibility, robing and diplomas, please visit hofstra.edu/commencement or call the Commencement office at (516) 463-4346. In the event of a severe weather event, please call the weather hotline (516) 463-SNOW regarding the status of the ceremony.

For information on media coverage, please call the office of University Relations at (516) 463-6818.

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

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