LIU Post Holds its 61st Annual Commencement Ceremony


Eric Krasnoff, the retired chairman, president and CEO of Pall Corporation, received an honorary Doctor of Business degree at LIU Post’s commencement ceremony held on May 10, 2019 at the Pratt Recreation Center at LIU Post.

Because rain was in the forecast, ceremonies for Bachelor’s Degree candidates started indoors at 10 a.m. in the Pratt Recreation Center’s gymnasium, and the graduate and doctoral ceremony took place there at 1:30 p.m. when a brief round of showers finally did arrive.

All told, as reported in Newsday, 797 undergraduate students from LIU Brentwood, LIU Post and LIU Riverhead received their Baccalaureate Degrees, 748 students got their Master’s Degrees, one student earned a Dual Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree, 43 received their Doctoral Degrees, and 182 students earned their Advanced Certificates.

“From the day you enrolled at Long Island University, you joined an elite global community,” Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President of Long Island University, told the graduating students seated before her in the gymnasium. “Today, you will join 260,000 alumni, spread throughout the world, many of whom have achieved the highest levels of success in their field. Take advantage of what it means to be part of that unbroken chain of alumni making a positive impact in the world. Keep in touch with them, learn from their accomplishments, and become and active and engaged member of our alumni association.”

Mr. Krasnoff was being recognized for his service to LIU, as a business leader who has promoted technological advances in the life sciences, and as a philanthropist who has continuously and generously supported his local community. An inventor with a patent for a novel approach to blood processing, Mr. Krasnoff is also the former chairman of the National Blood Foundation. He continues to serve on the board of The Nature Conservancy.

The highly philanthropic Krasnoff family established the Krasnoff Family Endowed Scholarship as well as the annual Abraham Krasnoff Memorial Award for Scholarly Achievement, which honors LIU faculty for outstanding scholarly achievement. He and his wife, Sandy, also recently supported the renovation of the Krasnoff Theater on the LIU Post campus. He has served on LIU’s Board of Trustees since 1992. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2014.

“Now in his sixth year as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Long Island University, Eric Krasnoff’s leadership is marked by a wealth of executive experience and four decades of personal connection to the University,” proclaimed Dr. Randy Burd, LIU Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, in his introduction. “Long Island University gratefully honors a leader whose vision has improved our world, our local communities, and our University.”

“For me, LIU has been a thread woven into the fabric of my life,” said Eric Krasnoff from the podium, adding that getting his honorary doctorate was “a terrific honor.”

With $100 million in scholarships awarded annually, LIU has 19 Schools and Colleges, 400 academic programs, a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and 110 student-run clubs and organizations.

The Princeton Review rated LIU Post as one of the “Best in the Northeast.” For 15 consecutive years, LIU Post’s College of Management has been named to The Princeton Review’s list of “The Best Business Schools.” Forbes ranked LIU in its Top Ten “Hot Colleges in the Making Under Innovative Management.”