By Samantha Cavanagh
Commencement for the 2019 graduating class will be held on Friday, May 10 at the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium
at 10:45 a.m. This is the second year it is being held at the stadium; in past years it was held on the lawn in front of Humanities.
The 61st commencement will celebrate graduates from LIU Post, Brentwood, and Riverhead campuses and will combine the undergraduate class and the graduate class in one ceremony instead of two separates ones.
Over 1,000 students are expected to participate in this year’s graduation ceremony. There is open seating for family and friends of the graduates. In the event of inclement weather, commencement will move to the Pratt Recreation Center, which will have limited seating. Graduates received three tickets for the rain date when they picked up their cap and gown at the graduation fair.
During the ceremony, each student will be recognized by name and have their photo taken as they cross the stage to receive their diploma. The ceremony will be live streamed on liu.edu.
Michael Berthel, dean of students, loves commencement and celebrating students accomplishments along with their friends and family. “I wish the Class of 2019 the best of luck,” he said. “As alumni, they are always part of the LIU family and we look forward to welcoming them back to campus often.”