Commencement day for the School of Engineering’s 822 undergraduate and 370 graduate students began memorably on Sunday, May 15, 2016 in High Point Solutions Stadium with President Barack Obama presiding over the university’s 250th graduation ceremonies. Later that afternoon, the School of Engineering Class of 2016 also celebrated with a convocation ceremony at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) that included undergraduate students from the school’s nine departments receiving their degrees from department chairs and the school's dean. Graduate students, which include 300 master's of science and master's of engineering graduates and 70 receiving doctoral degrees, were awarded diplomas at an earlier event.
In celebrating the graduation class, Dean Thomas N. Farris encouraged students to treasure their accomplishments and the knowledge they acquired along with the challenges they overcame.
“You have the foundation,” he told the students. “Build upon it and let nothing stand between you and what you can accomplish."
Student speaker Andria R. Martinez, who earned a degree in industrial engineering while pursuing her interests as a member of the Kirkpatrick Choir, various intramural teams, and Theta Tau, a co-ed professional engineering fraternity, thanked all those who help each student reach the end of their academic journey.
“To the professors who pushed us to become better engineers, the organizations that shaped us to become leaders, and our friends and families who supported us through it all,” she said. “Rutgers gave me the opportunities, but engineering shaped me.”
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