Iona Celebrates 75th Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement, Academics, Student Achievements

NEW YORK - More than 1,000 students earning bachelor's and master's degrees participated in Iona College's 75th Annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’80, ’81MBA, chairman and chief executive officer of Visa, Inc., gave keynote remarks for the morning undergraduate ceremony that included 685 baccalaureate degree candidates and a full house of family and friends.

Among the student speakers at the morning ceremonies were Justin Henry '19 who welcomed the Class of 2019 and Amelia Motz '19 who served as respondent to the undergraduate commencement speaker. 

A list of baccalaureate degree recipients can be found on

Afternoon speakers included new master's degree recipients Joshua Gitter '19MS and Eric Torruella '19MSE. Eileen Ivers ’87, a Grammy Award-winning violinist, was the keynote speaker in the afternoon ceremony.

Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., congratulated the graduating students and shared thoughts in his last commencement activities as the eight President of Iona College.

Kelly, Ivers and board of trustee member Andrew J. Dolce ’57, founder and chairman emeritus of Dolce Hotels and Resorts, Inc., received honorary doctorate degrees.

The 2019 commencement marquee at Madison Square Garden.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2020.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.