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Hofstra University 2015 Spring Commencement Activities and Honorees

Sunday and Monday, May 17-18

Hofstra University has announced the honorees for spring commencement activities on Sunday and Monday, May 17-18, 2015. 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. There will also be a live webcast of each of the ceremonies, as well as a live Chinese audio simulcast of the Graduate Ceremony.

The schedule is as follows:

commencement 4Sunday, May 17

  • 9 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony (Hofstra School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Health Sciences and Human Services) featuring The Honorable Kathleen Rice, congresswoman for New York’s 4th Congressional District. Herman A. Berliner, Hofstra Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, will also receive an honorary degree for his 45 years of service to the University.
  • 3 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony for Frank G. Zarb School of Business and Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and School of Engineering and Applied Science, featuring Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, responsible for covering President Obama and his administration.
  • 7:15 p.m. Graduate Ceremony (all schools), featuring Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., civil rights activist, business executive, attorney and political adviser.

*** There is a live Chinese audio simulcast available for the Graduate Ceremony. To listen to the simulcast, download one of the following WRHU apps – Web, iTunes or Android

Monday, May 18

  • 7 p.m. Maurice A. Deane School of Law Ceremony, featuring The Honorable Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, a Hofstra Deane School of Law alumna and an Associate Justice of the New YorkAppellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department.

commencement 5More about the commencement honorees:

The Honorable Kathleen Rice was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, as the representative for New York’s 4th Congressional District, which covers parts of Nassau County, New York. She previously served as district attorney of Nassau County, New York, from 2006-2014. In 2005 Congresswoman Rice defeated a 31-year incumbent to become the first woman elected district attorney in Long Island history. As DA, she received national acclaim for her efforts to combat drunk driving, which led to a statewide overhaul of DWI laws and Long Island’s first DWI-related murder convictions. Congresswoman Rice also focused on combatting public corruption, launching investigations that led to significant government reforms.

Now in his 45th year at Hofstra, Dr. Herman A. Berliner became the University’s provost in 1990. The provost and senior vice president for academic affairs is second-in-command to the president at the University. Provost Berliner has played a vital role in the establishment of the School of Communication (now The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication), Hofstra University Honors College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Health Sciences and Human Services, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University, and – most recently – the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions. Effective the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Berliner will be stepping down as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and will serve as dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, responsible for covering President Obama and his administration. Prior to joining The Times in 2008, Mr. Baker was a reporter for 20 years at The Washington Post, where he also covered the White House during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He and his wife, Susan Glasser, spent four years as Moscow bureau chiefs, chronicling the rise of Vladimir Putin. He also covered the early months of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is author of Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, named one of the five Best Nonfiction Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review. On April 25, 2015, he was awarded his second Aldo Beckman Award for presidential news coverage at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is a distinguished civil rights activist, business executive and attorney. In his current position as senior managing director of the financial and asset management firm Lazard Frères & Co. LLC he works with a diverse group of clients across a broad range of industries. He has served as executive director of the United Negro College Fund and as president and CEO of the National Urban League. In the early 1980s Mr. Jordan joined the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he remains senior counsel. While there, Mr. Jordan practiced general, corporate, legislative and international law in Washington, D.C. After the 1992 presidential election, he became chairman of President Clinton’s transition team – the first of several presidential appointments.

The Honorable Sallie Manzanet-Daniels began her legal career with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx and then served as principal law clerk for three years respectively to both Justice Frank Torres in Bronx Supreme Court, Criminal Term, and to Justice Luis A. Gonzalez, administrative judge for the 12th Judicial District. Justice Manzanet-Daniels was elected judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County, in November 1999. Two years later, she was elected and received a Gubernatorial Citation for becoming, at the age of 37, the youngest justice of Hispanic heritage ever elected to the New York State Supreme Court. In October 2009 Governor David Paterson appointed Justice Manzanet-Daniels to the Appellate Division, First Department, thereby making her the first Latina justice in the history of New York state to serve on this court.


commencement 1Ticketing for Spring 2015 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 via email and the tickets will be ready for pick up in Room 112 Student Center by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

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 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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