Statement from Chancellor Malatras on SUNY Old Westbury’s Commencement

May 26, 2021

"SUNY Old Westbury is known for being one of the most dynamic and diverse colleges throughout New York State, and that continues under the leadership of their new leader, President Sams.

Kalief Metellus, SUNY Old Westbury's Student Association president—and one of the first student leaders I met upon becoming chancellor—is a great example of someone who embodies the values of this institution, and strongly represents the resiliency of every student to excel when afforded a SUNY opportunity. Kalief represents the great diversity, background, and experiences of the SUNY Old Westbury student body. He and other Old Westbury graduates illustrate what can be achieved by having access to an excellent higher education and taking advantage of the resources and support that SUNY offers.

I congratulate Kalief and the entire 2021 graduating class of SUNY Old Westbury for reaching this milestone and pushing forward during what has been a challenging year."

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