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Adelphi's 10th President is an internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and team performance.

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Meet President Riordan

An internationally recognized expert in leadership development, diversity and inclusion and team performance.
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Message from the President

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Graduation Is Over. But Our Summer of Changing Lives Is Just Beginning.

The decorated-graduation-cap trend was in full force at Adelphi’s 121st Commencement a few weeks ago, where hundreds of grads personalized their own caps—a fitting end to the personalized education that is the hallmark of Adelphi. On the mortarboard of class Vice President Georgia Linaris’ cap, in gold letters, was a phrase that summed up the day for all 2,175 graduates: “On to my next adventure.”

Although most colleges and universities become quieter places during the summer, many students, faculty, artists, scientists and pre-college students are, in fact, beginning their next adventure right here—at Adelphi University.

Physicist and Assistant Professor Matt Wright, Ph.D., will be in his lab, laser cooling and trapping atoms and molecules at temperatures one million times colder than the average temperature on Pluto. Young writers and their teachers will be in intensive writing workshops at our Young Writers Retreat, a collaboration between best-selling author and Adelphi graduate Alice Hoffman ’73 and the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education. And renowned advocate and Assistant Professor Stephen Shore, Ed.D., will be teaching two courses on autism—a subject he knows well, being on the autism spectrum himself.

Arts at Adelphi will be busy as ever. The New York Theatre Workshop will be workshopping new plays on Adelphi stages in development for Broadway stages later in the year. And alumna Robyn Cooper ’09, an observational artist and adjunct Adelphi professor, will be exhibiting her work on the second-floor gallery in our Performing Arts Center.

We welcome visitors from New York, Long Island and beyond to come by our Garden City campus to tour our Outdoor Sculpture Biennial 2016–2018 or to take one of more than 200 college courses for credit at our Long Island and Hudson Valley campuses or our downtown Manhattan Center. It just might be the perfect summer to learn about video game programming, ethics in business or digital photography.

And we’re very excited to be welcoming our Panthers-to-be in July—pre-college students from all over the country—so they can earn college credit by studying nursing, robotics or digital filmmaking, to name a few.

Spots are still available if you happen to know a high schooler who might like to go on to that next adventure we call summer at Adelphi.

All the best, 
Signed by Dr. Riordan
Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.

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