Commencement Speaker is Newsday’s Rita Ciolli
More than 600 undergraduate, graduate and law students will participate in Hofstra’s midyear commencement ceremony on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 7 p.m. Rita Ciolli, editor of the editorial and opinion pages for Newsday and amNewYork, will be the commencement speaker.
The ceremony is at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on the North Campus. It will be broadcast live on the web.
Ms. Ciolli began her career at Newsday in 1972 as a summer intern. During her senior year at Fordham University, she worked full time covering the Town of Hempstead. After graduating from Georgetown Law in 1977 with a Juris Doctor, she returned to Newsday as a specialist reporting on the law.
Ms. Ciolli has had assignments across a broad range of beats and content areas, including almost a decade at Newsday’s Washington bureau assigned to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and the FBI. After a long stint as a media and technology reporter, she covered religion before joining the editorial board in 2005. Two years later, she became editor of the opinion section and chair of the editorial board.
Under her leadership, the board has expanded both its digital and print offerings in addition to winning numerous awards. In 2013 Newsday’s editorials about the help Long Island needed to respond to the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy were recognized as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
Commencement participants and guests:
The location for the midyear ceremony is the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex for undergraduates, graduates and the School of Law. Due to the seating capacity of the facility, seating is limited. Every midyear commencement candidate will receive six assigned seat tickets.
The David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex is wheelchair accessible on the main level and is available for guests requiring this area. One family member may accompany those with special needs during the ceremony. Upon entrance to the Complex, please contact an usher who will be happy to escort you.
For additional information on commencement activities, such as eligibility, tickets, robing and diplomas, please visit hofstra.edu/commencement or call the Commencement office at (516) 463-4346. In the event of inclement weather please call the weather hotline (516) 463-SNOW or visit hofstra.edu/alerts regarding the status of the ceremony. More visitor information
For information on media coverage, please call the office of University Relations at (516) 463-6818.
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 over head walk way. Once you pass the first over head 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. Map