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Hundreds of students completing graduate programs at Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick received some parting words about the importance of perseverance and leadership during a convocation ceremony on May 22.

Convocation speaker Arthur "Art" Certosimo, a Rutgers alum who spent 36 years in international banking on Wall Street, told the graduating students that the same perseverance that helped them to complete their master's degrees would help them to succeed in their careers.

As a business student at Rutgers, Certosimo said he learned to never give up and he learned the importance of leadership and teamwork in overcoming obstacles. "These are the things that are incredibly important about this degree you've earned," he said.

The graduating students accompanied by school administrators and faculty members formed a procession from the business school to the ceremony at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The procession filed into NJPAC's elegant Prudential Hall as members of the Rutgers Brass Ensemble performed "Pomp and Circumstance," and the ringing of the Rutgers Business School bell officially started the 2015 convocation.

Certosimo recounted his own career on Wall Street, which included the unprecedented challenge of re-opening New York City's financial markets following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. He retired late last year as chief executive officer of BNY Mellon's global markets business. "You have to be smart," Certosimo said, "but there is no substitution for hard work."

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