Westchester College, one of the nation’s most prestigious and diverse public colleges, has honored more than 500 graduates this year.
Students at West Chester, the oldest college in the country, received diplomas on Tuesday for an array of skills and accomplishments.
The school’s president, Peter R. Foye, said students who achieved a degree have helped shape their communities, and he is honored to receive the recognition for his efforts.
“We celebrate the people we’ve helped,” Foyo said in a statement.
“And we also celebrate our students and their accomplishments and achievements that we are proud to call Westchester our own.”
Foye has led Westchester for more than 100 years.
He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and later became president and chief operating officer.
He served as chairman of the college’s board of trustees for five years.
Students received diplomases in a variety of fields, including business administration, computer sciences, nursing and social work.
Westchester also honors students with the Westchester Public Charter Scholarship, which gives a scholarship to students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and pass the test in a field of study.
More than 4,000 students received diplomats for their accomplishments at Westfield College in New Jersey, according to the school’s website.
A graduate of the school, Michael C. Smith, was named an associate of the year in 2014.
Smith received a master’s degree in business administration at the College of Staten Island in 2014 and is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.
He is a member of the Staten Island community college faculty and was a visiting professor at Westbury in 2013, according a Westbury press release.