Briarcliffe College held its May 18, 2013, commencement ceremony in the field house of the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus.
Anthony Franchino, of Lindenhurst, receives a hug and
Anthony Franchino, of Lindenhurst, receives a hug and flowers from his niece Sabrina Russo during the Briarcliffe College 2013 commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Student Karen Brodeur of Levittown shakes hands with
Student Karen Brodeur of Levittown shakes hands with the provost, Dr. Hubert Benitez, during her Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Tanya Crawford-Bryant hugs her daughter Natalie Gadsden at
Tanya Crawford-Bryant hugs her daughter Natalie Gadsden at Gadsden's Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)

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Roger Chacon of Patchogue kisses his daughter Elaina
Roger Chacon of Patchogue kisses his daughter Elaina as his son Edward gives him a hug at Chacon's Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Lisa Claytor-Edwards of Mastic receives hugs from Karl
Lisa Claytor-Edwards of Mastic receives hugs from Karl Edwards II, Brianna Claytor-Kahraim, center, and Arieanna Edwards after receiving her diploma at the Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Erick Valerio, left, of Brentwood, and Tyquan West
Erick Valerio, left, of Brentwood, and Tyquan West of Mastic celebrate at their Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Lisa Claytor-Edwards of Mastic gives a thumbs-up after
Lisa Claytor-Edwards of Mastic gives a thumbs-up after after receiving her diploma at the Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Roger Chacon of Patchogue receives a hug from
Roger Chacon of Patchogue receives a hug from his son Edward, left, nephew Christopher Soto, center, and daughter Elaina following his Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Graduates cheer after receiving their diplomas at their
Graduates cheer after receiving their diplomas at their Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Erick Valerio of Brentwood cheers after receiving his
Erick Valerio of Brentwood cheers after receiving his diploma at the Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Roger Chacon of Patchogue receives a hug from
Roger Chacon of Patchogue receives a hug from his son Edward and daughter Elaina following his Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Edward Chacon and sister Elaina cheer as their
Edward Chacon and sister Elaina cheer as their father, Roger Chacon of Patchogue, receives his diploma at the Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Karl Edwards II, 9, expresses his pride for
Karl Edwards II, 9, expresses his pride for his mother, Lisa Claytor-Edwards of Mastic, during her Briarcliffe College commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Kristen Welburn, 13, of East Meadow, holds a
Kristen Welburn, 13, of East Meadow, holds a sign with sister Lauren, 9, in support of their mother as she graduates from Briarcliffe College at a commencement ceremony at the Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Graduating student Emily Conroy, of Patchogue, sings the
Graduating student Emily Conroy, of Patchogue, sings the national anthem during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Briarcliffe College President, Dr. George Santiago Jr, shakes
Briarcliffe College President, Dr. George Santiago Jr, shakes the hand of a graduating student during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Jon Bonacore, of Sayville, during the Briarcliffe College
Jon Bonacore, of Sayville, during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Valedictorian Brett A. Schmidt addresses the crowd during
Valedictorian Brett A. Schmidt addresses the crowd during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony held inside the field house of the Suffolk County Community College Brentwood campus. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Salutatorian Joseph Massa addresses the crowd during the
Salutatorian Joseph Massa addresses the crowd during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Timmy Dillon, of Medford, during the Briarcliffe College
Timmy Dillon, of Medford, during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) Photo by Steve Pfost (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Graduating students cheer during the Briarcliffe College 2013
Graduating students cheer during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Jeannette Rodriguez, of Mastic, applauds for the valedictorian
Jeannette Rodriguez, of Mastic, applauds for the valedictorian during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Graduating students line up to receive their diplomas
Graduating students line up to receive their diplomas during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Erick Valerio, of Brentwood, during the Briarcliffe College
Erick Valerio, of Brentwood, during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Lisa Claytor-Edwards, of Mastic, walks with the Health
Lisa Claytor-Edwards, of Mastic, walks with the Health Sciences banner during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Faculty cheer on graduating students during the Briarcliffe
Faculty cheer on graduating students during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Academic coordinator, Dr. Carl Kirschner, right, shakes the
Academic coordinator, Dr. Carl Kirschner, right, shakes the hand of graduating student Lindsay Grant during the Briarcliffe College 2013 Commencement Ceremony. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)
Brandi Wright, center, receives a hug from her
Brandi Wright, center, receives a hug from her sons L.J. Latiek-Briscoe, 8, and Isaiah Wright, 10, after receiving her diploma during the Briarcliffe College 2013. (May 18, 2013) (Credit: Steven Pfost)