Rutgers Engineering Celebrates the Class of 2017

"Let nothing stand between you and what you can accomplish."

The School of Engineering added another graduating class to its 153 year history with convocation and commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 14, 2017. More than 850 students were awarded undergraduate degrees in nine majors, along with 300 graduate students earning master and doctoral degrees.

Steven Van Zandt, musician, actor, and political activist, encouraged students to aspire to greatness “every single day in everything you do, no matter how small,” in his remarks during Rutgers’ 251 anniversary commencement.

The School of Engineering’s Dean Tom Farris led the procession of faculty, deans, and students later in the day at the school’s convocation ceremonies in the Rutgers Athletic Center. With an estimated crowd of more than 5,000 family and friends looking on, as well as an online viewing audience, Farris congratulated the newest class of Rutgers engineers and commended them on their accomplishments.

“Treasure what you have gained here at Rutgers,” said Farris. “The friendships you discovered, the knowledge you acquired, and the challenges you overcame.”

Student speaker Anirudh Vojjala was selected by the school’ student body governing association to deliver the convocation ceremony. Vojjala, from Kendall Park, NJ and graduating with a degree in material science and engineering, was active on campus as a member of the Engineering Governing Council, the professional co-ed engineering fraternity Theta Tau, and the a cappella ensemble Nuttin’ but V.O.C.A.L.S.

Vojjala’s remarks included a look back over the students’ time at Rutgers, as well as a forward looking message encouraging students to not just leave their mark professionally within the engineering world, but “on the whole world.”

Following the remarks, department chairs and Farris congratulated each graduate as their name was called and they proudly walked across the stage, becoming alumni of the School of Engineering.

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