2011 Rutgers Business School Convocation: Largest number of graduates cross stage in RBS History
On May 16, 2011, more than 1,250 Rutgers Business School students paraded from the Rutgers-Newark campus to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) to their commencement ceremony, where their degrees were confirmed and they celebrated the beginning of the next stage of their careers and lives. The ceremony held the largest graduating class in the business school’s 82-year history.
Crossing the stage, the oldest baccalaureate graduate was 60 years-old, the youngest 21; while the oldest Masters graduate was 55 and the youngest 22. They join an alumni network of more than 33,000 business school graduates and 300,000 university-wide alumni.
Steve Diner, Chancellor of Rutgers-Newark, warmly welcomed graduates to NJPAC. He explained the unique value of earning a business degree at Rutgers, the university with the most diverse student body in the country for 14 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report): “Your Rutgers degree uniquely prepares you for an ever-more global economy,” he said. “If you want to see what the United States will look like in 50 years, then come to Rutgers-Newark today.”
Graduates, faculty, family and friends were then addressed by Commencement Speaker and Rutgers Alumnus Marc Berson (Rutgers College ‘66 and J.D. ‘68), CEO of Fidelco. The successful businessman and philanthropist explained that there is no one “roadmap to success,” but that working together and collaboration will get you on your way. “Teams win. A group of people working together can create success.”
He offered advice to students about where to go from this day: “Be passionate, believe in the work you are doing. Be a strategic thinker, be a listener, be a dreamer and a visionary.”Above all, however, he told students to strive for personal happiness. “If you feel good about yourself, it will reflect in your work.” Before leaving the students to begin the next stage of their lives, he said, “There will be bumps in the road. But you can’t bat 1000 if you don’t take a swing…or worse if you don’t go up to bat.”
About Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick
Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick is an integral part of one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most distinguished institutions of higher learning: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is one of the original nine colonial colleges along with Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Columbia, Brown and Dartmouth.
Founded in 1929, Rutgers Business School has been accredited since 1941 by AACSB International — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — a distinction that represents the hallmark of excellence in management education. Today, Rutgers Business School is educating more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students at two main campuses in New Jersey as well as six satellite locations in New Jersey, China, and Singapore.
by Hannah Redmond