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Midyear Graduation Celebration

Commencement Speaker is Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR Realty LLC

Approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and law students will participate in Hofstra’s midyear commencement ceremony on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 7 p.m. Scott Rechler, chief executive officer and chairman of RXR Realty LLC, 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.

Mr. Rechler has been a generous supporter of Hofstra University. For nearly a decade, he has funded scholarships for students to participate in seminars at The Washington Center, where they spend two weeks in the nation’s capital examining politics, policy and media coverage, and visiting government agencies, embassies and think tanks. He co-chairs the annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity Dinner presented by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University® and serves on the Board of Advisors of the University’s Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies. In 2008 he was the honoree of the 12th Annual Hofstra Gala, which raises funds for the Endowed Scholarship Program.

As CEO and Chairman of RXR, Mr. Rechler has led the company to become one of the largest owners, managers, and developers in New York City and the surrounding region. The RXR platform manages 74 commercial real estate properties and investments, comprising approximately 23.7 million square feet of commercial operating properties and approximately 6,000 multifamily and for-sale units in various stages of development in the New York metropolitan area.

In June 2011, Mr. Rechler was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the board of commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; he served on the board until October 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Rechler served as vice chairman of the board, and as chairman of the Port Authority’s Capital Planning Committee with responsibility for the Port’s $30 billion capital budget, including the World Trade Center redevelopment. In May 2013, Mr. Rechler was appointed to represent Governor Cuomo on the board of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. In June 2017, he was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

He is also Chairman of the Regional Plan Association, a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, a board member of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the Long Island Children’s Museum and as co-chair of the board of the Tribeca Film Institute.


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 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 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

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