Professor Mike Kelly Receives Prestigious Golden Apple Award for 50+ Years of Outstanding Service to Education

The Mid-Hudson School Study Council has bestowed upon Professor Mike Kelly the esteemed Golden Apple Award, recognizing his remarkable dedication and unparalleled contributions to the field of education.

With over five decades of unwavering commitment, Dr. Kelly has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership and expertise in shaping the landscape of education. As the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Dominican University, Dr. Kelly has played a pivotal role in elevating the institution’s education program to new heights. His knowledge, innovative methodologies, and passion have inspired countless educators and transformed the lives of students across the region.

Dr. Kelly’s contributions to the field have had a profound impact on the educational landscape, ensuring the provision of top-notch education for countless students. His guidance has shaped the minds and hearts of educators, empowering them to make a lasting difference in the lives of their students.

About the M.S. in Education Programs:

Dominican University’s M.S. in Education programs have been designed in consultation with educators and they are delivered by expert faculty who actively practice in the field. The curriculum is crafted to provide comprehensive knowledge and practical skills necessary for success in the education profession.

To accommodate the busy schedules of working adults, classes are scheduled every other week on Saturdays and Sundays, allowing for convenient participation. The program offers flexibility, enabling students to complete their coursework within a minimum of 18 months or extend it up to three years. All programs adhere to the University’s quarter system, culminating in the Master of Science degree (M.S. in Ed.) and eligibility for New York State Certification.

For more information about our M.S. in Education programs and how to apply, please click here

Congratulations to the Class of 2023: Watch Their Commencement Highlights

Join us as we celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of the Class of 2023. In this video, you will see some of the best moments from their graduation ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Westchester County Center.

Read the account of the event.

Live Commencement 2017 Stream


Announcement of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Site Visit

On February 6, 7, and 8, 2017, the Division of Nursing at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York, will be hosting a site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing education.

The site visit is for the initial accreditation of our Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program. CCNE policy mandates that the College provide an opportunity for colleagues, constituents, and the community of interest to submit written input into the deliberations of the visiting evaluation team.

You are invited to participate in this process, along with students, alumni, faculty and employees.
When providing written documentation, please include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Your comments will be accepted by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation, and must be received by January 16, 2017. All input is shared with the team, but not with the hosting program.

Please submit your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036


Thank you for your participation in this important process.

Nancy DiDona, Ed.D., RNC-MNN
Director, Division of Nursing
Professor of Nursing
(845) 848-6051

News 12 Covers Move-In Day

Dominican College was in the spotlight when our Freshman Move-In was featured on a local newscast. If you missed it click on the image below:

News 12 spotlights Dominican College

In the Footsteps of St. Dominic

Dominican College and nine other Dominican Colleges and Universities in the U.S. participated in a trip this spring to the medieval hilltop town in France where St. Dominic lived.

In all, 40 faculty, staff and students visited Fanjeaux, where St. Dominic’s vision of an order devoted to seeking and sharing the truth took shape from 1206 to 1216. Two students and one administrator from Dominican College in Orangeburg took part in the 17-day trip from May 26 to June 11.

Interested participants submit applications for the program. This year, those chosen were Kiara Rivera, ‘16, Kayla Lyder, ‘16, and Ryan O’Gorman, Director of Residence Life.

“Going on the pilgrimage trip to Fanjeaux, France allowed me to have a greater understanding of who I am, who St. Dominic was, and how the Dominican Charism is found in each of the pilgrims who were on the journey together,” said O’Gorman. “This was a life-changing experience and I encourage anyone interested to apply for the program.”

Each year, the College underwrites the cost of participation for one faculty or staff member and partially funds participation for two students, who are eligible to earn three credits.

The pilgrims studied each morning. In the afternoons, they visited historic sites in southern France, with a focus on places significant in the early history of the Order of Preachers. The program concluded with four nights in Paris.

Alternative Spring Break

Dominican College students worked with Habitat for Humanity during the week-long Spring Break to help build homes for families who are in need of decent, affordable housing.

This year, 30 students and five staff members volunteered their time in what is known as the Alternative Spring Break program. The students were split into groups and sent to three different locations: Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Asbury Park, NJ, from March 28 – April 4.

In addition to working with Habitat for Humanity construction teams to build, rebuild, excavate and renovate housing, the students who traveled to Kentucky and West Virginia explored the causes of pervasive poverty and the factors that keep families immersed in the cycle of poverty for generations.

In Asbury Park, Dominican College students looked at the impact of communities destroyed by natural disasters. Asbury Park was one of the many communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Dominican College students who volunteer their time for the Alternative Spring Break are required to pay for a portion of their trip. Dominican College subsidizes the cost, and donations are accepted. The Rotary Club of Pearl River makes an annual donation in support of the Rotaract Club members who volunteer.

This is the ninth year that Dominican College students have participated in the Alternative Spring Break.

El Salvador Service Trip

A team of four Dominican College students and two administrators traveled to El Salvador in January to work for a week at a summer camp for children in a rural village.

The summer camp in Sol Naciente was founded by a Dominican Sister, Sr. Flor Buruca, O.P. of Amityville, NY, a native of El Salvador. With the help of others, Sr. Flor has also built a chapel in Sol Naciente, established an after-school program, and provided care packages for those in need. The mission of the Dominican College team was to assist Sr. Flor in relieving poverty and promoting education in Sol Naciente.

Massiel Estevez, a 2015 graduate, said the trip was important because Dominican College emphasizes the importance of community, service and spirituality. “Experiencing El Salvador gave us the opportunity to learn more about the culture and the people of El Salvador – people who at the end of the day are just like you and me,“ she said.

Estevez said the Dominican College students sent the message, “We are here because we care.” She added that the students fell in love with the children at the camp. ”Spending a week working with some of the greatest children and young adults on the entire planet was amazing and life-changing,” she said.

Ashley Beard was another 2015 graduate who traveled to El Salvador to work at the camp. She described the entire experience as unforgettable, but particularly remembers one poignant moment on the last day of camp when the children surprised the college students with a song. “I began to cry because it was such a beautiful song and I was going to miss them all so much,” she said. “The one girl in the camp that I had been with a lot throughout the week, came over to me and started to wipe the tears from my face and kissed me. She then pointed to her smile signaling me to smile and not be sad.”

The other Dominican College students who worked at the camp in El Salvador were Shamel Medrano, Class of 2015, and Kayla Lyder, Class of 2016. They were accompanied by Ryan O’Gorman, Director of Residence Life and Christine Dilts, who was Director of Community Engagement and Leadership Development at the time. She has since been promoted to Assistant Dean for Student Development.

This is the second year that Dominican College has sent a team to Sol Naciente. Plans are already underway for the January 2016 mission.

July 22nd Information Session Targets Prospective Students Interested in Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Dominican College welcomes adult students who want to reach their full potential and excel following graduation. The College offers a supportive, nurturing environment and caters to career-oriented students, with classes available evenings, weekends and online.

If you are interested in taking adult undergraduate or graduate courses, Dominican College is holding an Information Session on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The session will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway, Orangeburg, NY. If you would like to attend, please register at .

Adult programs offered at Dominican College include nursing programs for Registered Nurses (RNs) wanting to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and for career changers seeking a BSN. The College also has online programs for adults to earn degrees in Criminal Justice, Management, Psychology, Communication Studies and the Social Sciences. Graduate programs at Dominican College include Business Administration, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Teacher Education.

Students at Dominican College are offered the highest levels of personal support. The College fosters relationships between students and faculty members through small classes, with a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 and an emphasis on individual attention. If you are juggling work, family and other responsibilities, Dominican College can offer the support, the flexibility and the inspiration you need to realize your goals. It’s a superb environment to develop and flourish academically and personally

Dominican College has a diverse student population which includes traditional undergraduates, transfer students, working adult learners and students earning professional degrees.

Two Senior Administrators Honored by Leadership Rockland

LR -medalDorothy Filoramo and Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien were among 25 Silver Medal Recipients honored on Tuesday, June 16, for their contributions to Leadership Rockland. They are shown with Frank Borelli, also a Silver Medal Recipient. Dominican College was honored with a medal as well.

Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, OP, Ph.D, is the College’s president. Dorothy Filoramo serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Both have been supporters of Leadership Rockland since its inception, with Ms. Filoramo serving as Chair of the Board of Leadership Rockland, Inc. from 2009-2012.

Leadership Rockland offers existing and emerging leaders an educational experience focused on the infrastructure of Rockland County, New York – presented by leaders in government, business and non-profit sectors. With 600 graduates over a 25-year span, the program consists of 11 daylong sessions over a 10-month period, and engages and challenges its participants to examine issues and seek solutions.

Three exceptional alumni honored at our annual reunion

Dominican College honored three exceptional alumni at our annual Reunion this year: Eileen Foti ‘95, Service award, Michael McLaughlin ’90, Excellence award, and Nhi Tran ’00, Leadership award. Their presentations were delivered by Athletic Director Joe Clinton, Accounting Professor Jack Armstrong, and Vice President of Student Development John Burke.