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Play Download 05/17/2013 - 2013 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. A long time resident of South Jersey, Sweeney offered advice and an encouraging message to the graduating Class of 2013. Also, Rowan University awarded its Distinguished Alumnus Award to Shaun T, fitness expert and creator of the Insanity workout program.

Play Download 05/15/2012 - 2012 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was Jack Collins, a Glassboro State alumnus, basketball coach and the longest serving speaker in New Jersey Assembly history. Collins discussed that with a college degree, students have the fundamentals for a successful career and his definition of success. Also, Rowan University awarded its Distinguished Alumnus Award to David Girgenti, founder of WishUponAHero.com.

Play Download 05/13/2011 - 2011 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was Keith Campbell, a trustee of the Rowan University Foundation Board and Chairman of the Board at Mannington Mills Inc. Campbell discussed his love of Rowan and the South Jersey region. He provided words of wisdom and encouragement for the Class of 2011. Also, Rowan University awarded its Distinguished Alumnus Award to Brian O'Malley ('81), president and chief executive officer of Domino Foods Inc.

Play Download 05/14/2010 - 2010 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was Lisa P. Jackson, an administrator with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Jackson used her life experiences to help convey an inspirational message to the Class of 2010. The ceremony also recognized Dr. Marque Allen, a Class of '91 graduate, as the winner of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Play Download 05/15/2009 - 2009 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was David Girgenti, of Cherry Hill, a 1993 graduate of Rowan and founder of the internationally recognized Wish Upon A Hero, an online community where visitors post wishes that others help fulfill. At the undergraduate ceremony, the University also presented an honorary degree to world-renowned opera singer Barbara Dever, of Pitman, and its distinguished alumnus award to Patricia Assip Allen, of Freehold.

Play Download 05/16/2008 - 2008 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Leonard Pitts, Jr. At the undergraduate ceremony, the University also presented an honorary degree to Rock music legend Patti Smith and Dr. James A. Kutsch, Jr., president of The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Play Download 05/11/2007 - 2007 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was the Hon. James R. Zazzali, chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Play Download 05/14/2004 - 2004 Commencement

The undergraduate commencement speaker was the The Honorable Sean O'Keefe, administrative head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). At the undergraduate ceremony, the University also presented honorary degrees to O'Keefe; Dr. Michael Apple, John Bascom Professor in the Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Thomas N. Bantivoglio, partner in the Haddonfield-based law firm Archer & Greiner.

Play Download 05/16/2002 - 2002 Commencement - Part 2

Guest Speaker: John N. Gardner an educator, university professor and administrator, author, editor, public speaker, consultant, change agent, student retention specialist, first-year students advocate, initiator and scholar of the American first-year and senior year reform movements.

Play Download 05/16/2002 - 2002 Commencement - Part 1

Guest Speaker: John N. Gardner an educator, university professor and administrator, author, editor, public speaker, consultant, change agent, student retention specialist, first-year students advocate, initiator and scholar of the American first-year and senior year reform movements.

Play Download 05/11/2001 - 2001 Commencement

Guest Speaker: Peter Dugan, Chairman DVC Venture Capital & Private Equity industry.

Play Download 05/12/2000 - Commencement 2000 - Part 1

Guest Speaker: Henry Rowan, an American philanthropist and engineer.

Play Download 05/12/2000 - 2000 Commencement - Part 2

Guest Speaker: Henry Rowan, an American philanthropist and engineer.

Play Download 05/14/1999 - 1999 Commencement

Guest Speaker: Rowan alumnus Ric Edelman, Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services LLC.

Play Download 05/15/1998 - 1998 Commencement - Part 2

Guest Speaker: Carole Simpson, anchor of "World News Tonight Sunday" and an Emmy Award-winning senior correspondent for ABC News.

Play Download 05/15/1998 - 1998 Commencement - Part 1

Guest Speaker: Carole Simpson, anchor of "World News Tonight Sunday" and an Emmy Award-winning senior correspondent for ABC News.

Play Download 05/16/1997 - 1997 Commencement

Guest Speaker: Richard Andrew "Dick" Gephardt, prominent American politician of the Democratic Party.

Play Download 05/17/1996 - 1996 Commencement

Guest Speaker: Christine Todd Whitman, NJ Governor

Play Download 05/19/1995 - 1995 Commencement

Guest Speaker: Sam Donaldson, Jr., reporter and news anchor for ABC News.