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2014 Commencement
(May 16, 2014) Play Dowanload

The undergraduate commencement speaker was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. As the 55th governor of the State of New Jersey, Chris Christie has drawn national attention for his work in the Garden State. The Rowan Board of Trustees offered honorary degrees to Governor Christie, New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney and State Senator Donald Norcross for their efforts in championing the passage of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act.

2013 Commencement
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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.

2012 Commencement
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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.

2011 Commencement
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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.

2010 Commencement
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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.

2009 Commencement
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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.

2008 Commencement
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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.

2007 Commencement
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The undergraduate commencement speaker was the Hon. James R. Zazzali, chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

2004 Commencement
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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.

2002 Commencement - Part 2
(May 16, 2002) Play Dowanload

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.

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