A Graduation Ceremony That Ended with a Bang
From the keynote address by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, to a fireworks display that ended the evening with a bang—literally—FSC’s Centennial Commencement was all one could have expected from this milestone event.
Most importantly, May 21, 2019 will be remembered as one of the most important events in the College’s long and rich history as Long Island’s first public college. Among the highlights were the awarding of degrees and certificates to more than 1,000 graduates; the presence of relatives of members of the original graduating Class of 1919; a fly-over by the Flying Rams flight instructors from the Professional Pilot program; inspiring remarks by President Nader, Chancellor Johnson, and Valedictorian Jamie Jones; and, yes, that spectacular 20-minute fireworks show.
In his remarks, Dr. Nader told the assembled graduates there has never been a better time to be an FSC student, and that the 2019 class was the College’s most impressive.
Chancellor Johnson spoke of three crucial values: optimism, kindness, and community.
About social responsibility, she explained: “Each of us can make a difference within our own arm-span, by deciding to do the right thing every day. And the cumulative effects of such disciplined citizenship can turn a community around.”
Jones, who earned a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology and was a member of the golf team, said, “My message to you is to use this experience as a catalyst for your future, to continue to remain committed, to work hard, to push yourselves, and to strive for perfection. Farmingdale State College sets the perfect example of how to develop, to grow, and to always seek improvement.”