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.

Net proceeds from the gala go to the President’s Student Success Scholarship, an endowment established in 2018 by University President Christine M. Riordan, PhD, to provide critical assistance to juniors and seniors who experience a sudden financial crisis and need help to persist in their studies and complete their degree.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of Adelphi’s supporters who made our milestone event, and anniversary year, so successful,” said Thomas A. Kline, EdD, vice president of University advancement and external relations. “Our community appreciates how the President’s Student Success Scholarship changes students’ lives. Surpassing $1 million is significant, and this growing endowment enables us to expand our impact going forward.”

Additionally, the gala commemorated the 65th anniversary of the acclaimed Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology doctoral program and a scholarship for students from underserved communities that reached a milestone of $1.25 million in 2022.

Combined with a landmark Giving Day this past March that raised more than $500,000, several significant gifts to the University in 2021–2022 helped make Adelphi’s 125th year a banner one for fundraising, surpassing $8 million to date with a fiscal year ending August 31. Major gifts included a $1 million bequest from alumna Mildred Loughlin Kahane ’49 and a $4 million bequest from Samuel Fremd ’69. Both gifts support scholarships for nursing students in the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health.

President Riordan notes that Adelphi enters its 126th year on this fundraising high note and with a new strategic plan, Momentum 2, which the Adelphi University Board of Trustees ratified on June 10.

“Our 125th year has been transformative. After this banner year for fundraising, we’re looking forward to Adelphi’s next stage of our growth with a bold new five-year plan,” said President Riordan. “Our community is extremely motivated to put Momentum 2 into action, lean into innovation, and continue being a pioneer in our region and higher education.”

Learn more about the Annual President’s Gala and the President’s Student Success Scholarship.

Adelphi Beyond 125: Building Tomorrow Together

As we enter our 126th year since becoming the first private, coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island, Adelphi continues a historic mission of transforming students’ lives. Our legacy of innovation is extraordinary. From Adelphi College to Adelphi University. From three concentrations to over 200 degree programs. From 16 instructors to more than 1,100 faculty members. And from 57 students to more than 7,500. Adelphi’s 125-year legacy has provided a world-class, life-changing academic experience for more than 118,000 alumni worldwide. As we build tomorrow together, the Adelphi story continues with a new generation of innovation, opportunity and growth.


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