May 16, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
The families of more than 600 graduates might feel a tad of déjà vu when Alyssa and Chrysta Kotash of New Windsor, N.Y. and Anthony, Nicholas, and Salvatore Rizzo of Smithtown, N.Y. receive their degrees at Mount Saint Mary College’s 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18.
That’s because the Kotash and Rizzo families are just two of more than a dozen sets of twins and triplets who studied at the Mount in the 2018-2019 school year.
Alyssa and Chrysta Kotash had originally planned on going to separate colleges. However, they both opted to study at the Mount after discovering the college’s strong academic programs and breathtaking views. The sisters wound up rooming together for all four years, being named to the college’s Dean’s List together, and even enrolling in the same major: Nursing.
Now, as they prepare to graduate, they celebrate heading into the work world together as well: After both sisters completed an internship with the organization, they landed a jobs as registered nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. They will also be enrolled together in the same graduate program.
With jobs secured, said Alyssa, “Now we can focus on passing the NCLEX [the National Council Licensure Examination].” Their chances are looking bright: Mount Nursing students consistently score higher than the state average on the NCLEX-RN test.
With so many parallels between the twins, it’s unsurprising that sometimes people confuse them for one another.
“Some of my uncles can’t even tell us apart,” said Alyssa. Chrysta added, “My grandma still doesn’t know which is which.”
The Rizzo triplets first set foot on campus for a summer baseball camp, taught by dedicated Mount coaches. The college, they said, made a lasting impression.
Fast forward to when the triplets were searching for colleges, and they soon discovered that the Mount offered them a state-of-the-art Business program and the option to play on the college’s baseball team. They jumped at the chance to join the team, and Anthony, Salvatore, and Nicholas all have great memories playing ball for the Knights throughout their college careers.
Unlike the Kotash sisters, it wasn’t until the 2018-2019 school year that two of the brothers, Anthony and Salvatore, roomed together. At the time, it was more out of convenience than brotherly love – but the grads are quick to point out that it was a great experience for both of them.
While graduation marks the end of one academi journey, the Rizzo triplets are excited to be starting another in just a few months: they will all be returning to the Mount for the college’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.