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Adelphi is committed to student success, and this was reflected when we reported our highest one-year retention numbers in 10 years, with more than 85 percent of first-year students who enrolled in Fall 2021 returning to school in 2022 for their sophomore year.


When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, three Adelphi alumni—international students Aleksandar Aleksiev ’11, Gabriel Hardy-Françon ’14 and Camille Pajor ’09, MBA ’16, made humanitarian trips to the border—and inside Ukraine—to bring aid and to help refugees escape and get resettled away from the war zone. In December, we continued our coverage by reporting on how Carl Mirra, PhD, associate professor in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, is working with two organizations in Ukraine on two separate projects.

Eight students from the Levermore Global Scholars program had a life-changing experience in India made possible by Bharat Bhisé, MBA ’78.


Sarah Delannoy, a graduate student majoring in social work, and Nino Burjanadze, an undergraduate student majoring in political science, joined more than 550 young people from 100 countries across the globe as United Nations youth representatives.

Deborah Hunt, PhD ’12, dean of the College of Nursing and Public Health, launched a global collaboration with Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi founder of Grameen Bank and the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They will be sharing knowledge, resources and research to improve health outcomes and build their respective missions in healthcare.

Adelphi holds the sixth annual Women’s Leadership Conference. The theme, Defining Leadership for Our Lives, Our Careers and Our Communities, helped to empower and encourage young women to step up and learn what it takes to be a leader.


Adelphi’s sixth annual Giving Day raised a total of $481,430, thanks to the generosity of almost 2,000 donors. The funds will be allocated toward scholarships, high-impact learning experiences and life-changing student-centered programs.

Adelphi held our 20th annual Scholarship and Creative Works Conference. Our keynote speaker was Francine Conway, PhD ’99, scholar and award-winning clinical psychologist and chancellor-provost of Rutgers University–New Brunswick.


As the academic year ended, faculty and students received accolades for their hard work. Notably, Sam Kang ’23 won two national honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for his play, what we will be. And Honors College professor and associate dean for student engagement Nicole Rudolph, PhD, became a contestant on Jeopardy!

Finally, all our graduates took the stage and celebrated their achievements at our 127th Commencement.


Two Panthers won Rookie of the Year Awards: Dayshaun Walton from men’s basketball and Madison Apicella from women’s soccer.

The 23rd annual President’s Gala, An Evening for the Arts at Adelphi: Legends and Legacies, honored the legacy and contributions of Jonathan Larson ’82 and his family, Peter Principato ’87, and Mary Jane ’62 and Thomas Poole. The event also raised $2.36 million for programs and scholarships.


Joanne Corbin, PhD, was named the new dean of the School of Social Work in July and expressed how networking and planning are key roles in being a leader.

This past year, three Adelphi faculty members have earned Fulbright honors—and one will become a prestigious Fulbright Program Adviser through the Fulbright Development Initiative. Their goals include improving access to mental health resources in Qatar, studying international diplomacy in Canada and increasing Fulbright program opportunities for students.


Adelphi earned a five-star rating as an LGBTQ-friendly campus for the second year.

The University welcomed the largest first-year class in its history for the Fall 2023 semester.

J. Christopher Muran, PhD, was named the new dean of the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology and later spoke about his goals in his new position.


Adelphi was awarded the largest grant in University history from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a total of $2.49 million. This funding for the six-year Student Success Through an Integrative Support Program will provide scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need who will pursue undergraduate degrees in a STEM field.

In Adelphi’s first general education redesign in decades, faculty members reimagined the general education curriculum to be a pathway for self-discovery. Each step on PATH helps students explore their strengths, engage with the world and embrace their career potential.


With the success of 2023’s Bhisé Global Experience, Adelphi announced its second trip to India, with another eight students, in January 2024. Beyond offering trips abroad, the Bhisé Global Understanding Project will include programming that engages the entire community, including guest speakers at the Garden City campus.

Adelphi earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report: Best College, Top Performer on Social Mobility, Best Value College, Best in First-Year Experiences, and Best Undergraduate Programs. It is the highest-ranked university on Long Island.


Panthers continue to excel on the field: senior Morgan Salmon of women’s soccer is named defensive player of the year by the Northeast-10 Conference.

Adelphi’s graduate program for environmental studies continues to prepare the next generation of environmentalists to tackle the ever more worrisome effects of climate change.


Two outstanding student-athletes, Morgan Salmon of women’s soccer and Victor Castel of men’s soccer, were named Academic All-AmericansSalmon also earned a First-Team All-Region citation.

The Mother-Scholar Awards recognized four of the parents who return to Adelphi, often through the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, to complete their degrees. Flexible scheduling and personal mentoring help create a sense of belonging and help these time-challenged students “stay on track to success.”

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