For 126 years, Adelphi has charted courses, blazed trails, innovated and transformed the higher education experience. This year’s Adelphi University Magazine—the Leadership Edition proudly shines a light on how our alumni are changing their industries–and the world. Read their expert insights, learn how our faculty members are earning distinguished honors as they advance their fields and see how our current students are rising to the challenge and preparing to become the next generation of leaders.

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As a nursing major at Nassau Community College, Will Torres, now a rising senior and first-generation college student, realized he wanted to explore other options at a four-year institution. He wanted a campus close to his Glen Cove hometown that offered small classes and individually tailored instruction. He also wanted a friendly and inclusive campus.


Adelphi’s Innovation Center (IC), located on the first floor of Swirbul Library, launched in February 2020. Its mission is simple: to develop opportunities for applied learning by connecting faculty and students with external business partners to prepare students for today’s competitive job market.

2022 Commencement Highlights

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Our event series, Great Minds, Great Conversations, continued to host alumni who are at the top of their fields for vital and vibrant conversations.

FCAP gives incoming students the opportunity to participate in various volunteer and community service projects in the community prior to the start of classes.

Every year, our First-Year Community Action Program (FCAP) offers new Panthers the opportunity to volunteer for community service projects before starting their first semester. Some students stay on to mentor other FCAP participants.


Leticia Rios, now in her second year as a PhD student in Adelphi's College of Nursing and Public Health (CNPH), was named Working Mother of the Year in September, in conjunction with the magazine's naming NYU Langone Health among its 100 Best Companies for working mothers in 2020.


Adelphi University's highly ranked nursing program has a long and rich history of producing students who excel in all sectors of the healthcare system throughout the world. A testament to the program is the recent naming of Joseph Amnawah, a doctoral candidate, as a 2021–2023 national Jonas Scholar.

Danelya Zholdasbekova

Rising junior Danelya Zholdasbekova's path to Adelphi was unexpected. While searching the internet for top New York business schools, the Kazakhstan native said she was attracted by descriptions of Adelphi's “close-knit, diverse community, its Honors College, scholarship opportunities, and beautiful campus and location."


Challenges to mental health—such as depression, trauma, anxiety or substance abuse—are among the many issues that might affect us all, but for Black men there are the added burdens: racial discrimination, being unfairly profiled, fear of mistreatment by law enforcement or being treated as tokens in their careers of choice while trying to be strong for their communities.


Adelphi University's 22nd annual President's Gala on Saturday, June 11, raised more than $345,000 for the President's Student Success Scholarship, an endowment that has now surpassed $1 million. This year's event at The Garden City Hotel concluded Adelphi's 125th-anniversary celebrations, honoring the University's legacy and those who support its longevity and mission.

Dr. Cindy Maguire, associate professor in the Department of Communications at Adelphi University.

Making art with children who have been affected by conflict has been Cindy Maguire, PhD‘s life’s work. “I work in the United States and internationally with children and youth in conflict-affected communities using arts as a tool for empowerment and teaching,” said Dr. Maguire, associate professor in the Department of Communications at Adelphi University.


The first university-based school of psychology in the United States, the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology continues to boast some of the finest minds and exceptional scholarship. Read about six faculty members and their lifetime achievement honors, groundbreaking research, practice and equity-related work, and outstanding contributions.

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