Actor Rushi Kota’09 to Deliver Address 

FARMINGDALE, NY: More than 1,300 students are scheduled to receive degrees or certificates at Farmingdale State College’s 101st commencement May 26 at 10 a.m. at the college’s Nold Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.

Besides the anticipated 1,142 bachelor’s degrees, the college also plans to award 13 master’s degrees, 156 associate’s degrees, and 17 certificates to the Class of 2022, for a total of 1,328. The largest number of graduates are estimated to come from the School of Arts and Sciences, followed by the School of Business.

“Commencement is the culmination of an academic journey, a time for the campus community, friends, and family members, to come together and celebrate the achievements of our graduates,” said Dr. Laura Joseph, EdD, FSC’s senior vice president and provost. “This year marks the conclusion of an incredible journey that required our students to persevere through unprecedented times.  We are so proud of their accomplishments and wish them continued success in all their future endeavors.”

This year’s valedictorian is Thomas L. Febbraro of Islip Terrace, NY, who is receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering technology.

Actor Rushi Kota, a member of the FSC Class of 2009, is scheduled to deliver the commencement address. Kota currently stars as heartthrob Prashant on the Netflix smash hit, Never Have I Ever. He also has appeared on Grey’s Anatomy and a reboot of iCarly, as well as in films including The One I Wrote for You.

Among this year’s undergraduates is Gabriella Cordi of Farmingdale, known on campus as the “Commencement Baby,” who was born during commencement 22 years ago. Her grandfather, a long-time FSC professor, was the college marshal at graduation that year, and faculty were alert for updates as the ceremony progressed, Cordi’s grandmother finally flashed a thumbs-up to her grandfather to signal her arrival. 

An alumni commencement for the classes of spring and winter 2020 and 2021 is scheduled for May 25 at 7 the Nold Athletic Complex.