Five Towns College Hosts 42nd Commencement

Five Towns College Class of 2016. Photos provided by Five Towns College

Five Towns College Class of 2016. Photos provided by Five Towns College

Five Towns College held its 42nd commencement exercises on Saturday, graduating 166 students from the Dix Hills-based school.

The ceremony hosted at Half Hollow Hills High School East recognized Valedictorian Melanie Magri and Salutatorian Michael Makowski.

Five Towns recognized Valedictorian Melanie Magri, left, and Salutatorian Michael Makowski, center, are pictured with Kyle Young, a recipient of the Provost’s Award for outstanding academic achievement.

Five Towns recognized Valedictorian Melanie Magri, left, and Salutatorian Michael Makowski, center, are pictured with Kyle Young, a recipient of the Provost’s Award for outstanding academic achievement.

Five Towns professors Mary LoBiondo and William Fortgang were the recipients of the Lorraine Kleinman Memorial Award for excellence in teaching; Mark Shaughnessy earned the Presidential Award for distinguished service; and Paul McKenna was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Five Towns College Board of Trustees and dignitaries.

The Five Towns College Board of Trustees and dignitaries.

Honorary doctorates were also awarded to three individuals cited as role models to the student body. They are Danielle Campbell, anchor for News 12; Jim Condron, one of the founding members of The Paramount theater in Huntington village; and Bernard Purdie, an influential musician who was inducted into the Modern Drummer hall of fame in 2013.