Lupinacci Keynotes Farmingdale Commencement
Huntington Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci delivered the keynote address at Farmingdale State College’s Fifteenth Annual Winter Commencement January 23, 2018 telling graduates to “think about what you have learned and what you have yet to learn” as they set goals and try to achieve them.
“Think about what you have learned, and what you have yet to learn. Think about the journey you have taken to get where you are today. Think about all the success you have had, as well as the disappointments. Those past experiences, both positive and negative, are part of who you are today,” Supervisor Lupinacci said, speaking before an audience of 450 graduates, their families, friends, faculty and college staff. “Think about what you want to be, and what you have to do to get there. And think about how to react when things don’t go necessarily as planned, and how to make the most of the adversity we all must face at some point in our lives.”
In his remarks, Supervisor Lupinacci described the path that took him to his current post, leading a town of 210,00 residents: his decision to major in government in college and to pursue law and business graduate degrees; internships that reinforced his career choice; election to the South Huntington school board and the state Assembly before deciding to run for Huntington supervisor last year after the longtime incumbent, Frank Petrone, announced his retirement.
“I felt that all of my experiences…my education….my time as a government intern and staffer…my school board service…and my tenure on the state legislature…had prepared me for the job. I was excited about the prospect of giving back to a community that has given me so much,” the Supervisor said. He added, “I have been in office for three weeks now. Each day, I learn more about how this complex and diverse Town of 210,000 people functions. And I hope and believe I will continue to learn as long as I hold this job. The Town will only grow if I continue to grow. And I will grow by listening and learning.”
He concluded: “As you leave this ceremony, diploma in hand, think about how much you have accomplished and smile. You are all off to an excellent start. Continue working hard, and you should get to where you want to be. But as you head down your chosen life path, I hope you enjoy the journey as much as the end result.”