NCAS/UCN Honors Graduates at 2012 Commencement Ceremony

NCAS/UCN held its 2012 Graduation Ceremony at NJPAC on Monday, May 14, as part of Rutgers University’s 246th Anniversary Commencement.

The rain gods must have known it was a special day. Forecasts called for showers that never materialized, making for a beautiful procession from the Rutgers-Newark campus, through downtown, to NJPAC, where the ceremony was held amid a packed house of graduates, faculty, dignitaries, family and friends.

A total of 411 students received their diplomas from Acting NCAS/UCN Dean Jan Lewis, who congratulated the graduates as Rutgers-Newark Interim Chancellor Philip Yeagle, keynote speaker and former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, deans and faculty looked on from the stage.

Interim Chancellor Yeagle congratulated the graduates on their magnificent achievement and reminded them of the special place that Rutgers-Newark, and NCAS/UCN, holds among American universities. He cited U.S. News & World Report’s ranking Rutgers-Newark the most diverse campus in the nation for the eighth year in a row, and celebrated the wisdom, insight and strength that comes from the student experience reflected in that ranking.

Former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean used his keynote address to challenge the graduates to remain optimistic and proactive in the face of the current economic climate and political dysfunction in Washington. Lamenting the partisan divide in congress, he urged the graduates to clearly identify the challenges in front of us as a nation and work together to tackle them.

Kean, who as a Republican served as New Jersey’s 48th governor from 1982 to 1990, also served as president of Drew University for 15 years before his appointment by President George W. Bush as chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

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Photos from the 2012 NCAS/UCN Commencement