Dear Adelphi Community,

As another extraordinary year at Adelphi comes to a close, it is a time for celebration, reflection and gratitude. Together, we have seen incredible achievements and challenges that have strengthened our community, and I appreciate all of your contributions to our progress.

When the Class of 2024 walks across the commencement stage next week, it will be a moment we can all take pride in. For our graduates, it is the culmination of your hard work and the first major step in your long and rewarding careers. For our faculty and staff, it is the realization that your efforts are helping to transform thousands of lives. And what makes the Adelphi experience truly special are the connections that we all have formed with each other along the way.

We also celebrate the strides we have made toward our Momentum 2 goals this year. We welcomed the largest and most diverse first-year class in Adelphi history. We saw a meteoric rise in national rankings, including an improvement of 85 spots to No. 55 in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Performers in Social Mobility. Our student-athletes brought home four Northeast-10 Conference Championships along with multiple runner-up finishes and outstanding individual awards. We received national recognition for our diversity initiatives, including INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the sixth straight year. Our donors contributed a record-breaking $684,564 on Giving Day, and we reaffirmed our stable financial outlook with Standard & Poor’s.

Additionally, we invested in our long-term future in New York City by pursuing an ideal location at 529 Fifth Avenue for the Adelphi NYC Graduate and Professional Center. Thanks to the work of our world-class faculty, we designed and approved six new and innovative academic programs. We secured a $2.49 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support STEM education for low-income students, and a $1.2 million SUNY Teacher Workforce Investment Grant focused on targeting and retaining diverse teaching professionals.

But above all, I’m proud of the way our community has responded to difficult times in the world around us. We have heard passionate advocacy and differing viewpoints on today’s most pressing issues, and we have remained a campus that fosters free expression and exchange of ideas. I am confident that we will continue to learn, grow and respect each other through these important conversations.

I’m so grateful to our students for inspiring us with your passion and creativity, to our faculty for sharing your knowledge and mentorship, and to our staff for building an environment where innovation thrives. I hope everyone enjoys their summer and returns with enthusiasm for all that we can accomplish together next year.

Thank you for all you did to make this a terrific year at Adelphi!

All the best,

Christine M. Riordan, PhD
Office of the President

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