New Graduate Center Strengthens St. John’s Long Island Presence
St. John’s Long Island Graduate Center officially opened its doors in Hauppauge, NY, on Thursday, August 17, with a dedication ceremony and reception attended by more than 50 members of the University community and local educators.
“We are very excited and look forward to benefitting from this extraordinary space,” Robert A. Mangione ’77P, ’79GP, ’93PD, ’99Ed.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said in his opening remarks. “St. John’s University has a strong commitment to, and great success in serving, the students of Suffolk County. Today, we reaffirm and strengthen that great tradition.”
“This beautiful new facility reasserts the University’s presence as a source of academic opportunity on Long Island,” said Thomas P. Dolan, Ed.D., Director of the Center. “It is readily accessible, and its resources are ideal for graduate-level work. Students will be pleased that we continue with rigorous course work in a setting entirely conducive to their learning.”
The 10,000-square-foot facility includes six state-of-the-art classrooms, a video-equipped conference room for interactive learning, offices for full-time faculty based on-site, student gathering space, and an area for special events to be hosted by the University and its educational partners on Long Island. Located at 120 Commerce Drive, the site is easily accessed from the Northern State Parkway and Long Island Expressway.
The new location maintains the Long Island presence that began at St. John’s former Oakdale site. Through The School of Education, students at the Center can choose from two doctoral programs, nine advanced certificates, and 10 master’s-level specializations in four academic departments: curriculum and instruction, education specialties, counselor education, and administration and instructional leadership. In addition, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business will begin offering an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Accounting at the Center starting fall 2018.
“The Center allows St. John’s to deliver graduate programs for our educational partners in Nassau and Suffolk counties and will further the educational advancement of teachers and administrators throughout the region,” said Daniel Kent Kelso, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Administration and Student Success, The School of Education. “It provides an outstanding facility for our partners to use for professional development workshops and special events.”