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Congratulations Class of 2014!

Hofstra University celebrated the Class of 2014 on Sunday and Monday, May 18-19, 2014 in four separate graduation exercises. Approximately 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students graduated during ceremonies at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Watch webcasts of the ceremonies at or check out photos from the events below.


commencement 1The schedule of the ceremonies and the biographies of the guest speakers and honorary degree recipients are below.

Sunday, May 18

•    9 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony for Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Health Sciences and Human Services, featuring Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc.

•    3 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony for Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and School of Engineering and Applied Science, featuring Jared Kushner, CEO of Kushner Companies, a diversified private real estate organization, and owner of The Observer Media Group.

•    7 p.m. Graduate Ceremony, featuring Sharon Marcil, senior partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group.

Monday, May 19

•    7 p.m. Maurice A. Deane School of Law Ceremony, featuring Judith Livingston ’79, one of the most successful plaintiff’s attorneys in the United States.

More about the commencement honorees:

As CEO of Kushner Companies, Jared Kushner has completed more than $10 billion in real estate transactions since 2007 and has led the company through challenging times for the real estate industry into an era of remarkable growth by developing and managing new office and residential properties throughout the New York area. As owner of The Observer Media Group, Kushner has grown the company into a true multimedia business that combines the voice and influence of The New York Observer with unique properties, such as websites BetaBeat, PolitickerNJ and Gallerist. In conjunction with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kushner launched Wired NYC, a LEED certification system for broadband in buildings to create better information on broadband access to tenants looking for office space.

Sharon K. Marcil is senior partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).  Previous leadership positions she has held include leading BCG’s consumer practice in the Americas and worldwide. She currently serves on BCG’s Americas Leadership Team and its Global Executive Committee, and leads the firm’s Americas Public Sector Practice. Marcil serves on the board of directors of Women for Women International, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, and the Duke University Annual Fund. In 2007 she was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Consultants” and one of five “Women Leaders in Consulting” by Consulting magazine.

Reserved, methodical and precise, Judith Livingston has been called “A Legal Legend” by Law Dragon.  Since 1989 she has been a partner at the law firm of Kramer Dillof Livingston & Moore.  She joined the firm as a young associate immediately after graduating from Hofstra’s Maurice A. Deane Law School, and is proud to point out that she was introduced to the firm by the Law School’s placement office. To date, she has won 31 trials with verdicts in excess of $1 million and has negotiated hundreds of settlements that have resulted in payments to her clients of almost a half-billion dollars.  She specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury cases. In recognition of her trial skills, Judith Livingston was youngest person and the first woman in the United States admitted to the Inner Circle of Advocates – an invitation-only professional group limited to the top 100 trial lawyers in America.

Commencement at HofstraTicketing for Spring 2014 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 6 assigned seat tickets. Requests for extra tickets can be obtained by placing your name in a lottery.  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 16.

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 (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 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.

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