Education

250th Commencement Marks New ‘First’ for Rutgers University

05ebffae001862710a99_IMG_0381_cropped.jpg
President Barack Obama headlined 2016 commencement ceremony at Rutgers University Credits: Carl Patterson - TAP into Piscataway
f4b27c519692cfd976ea_IMG_7040_cropped.jpg
Zack Fischer, Class of 2016 Credits: Carl Patterson - TAP into Piscataway
2c36346053c4cf878b4c_Michael_Ganoot_cropped.jpg
Michael Ganoot, Class of 2016 Credits: Ken Simmons - TAP into Piscataway
d4a04f0c9a9c871959c6_Tom_Frusciano_cropped.jpg
Tom Frusciano, University Archivist Credits: Ken Simmons - TAP into Piscataway
05ebffae001862710a99_IMG_0381_cropped.jpg

PISCATAWAY, NJ – More than 12,000 graduates from twenty academic units filled the field at High Points Solutions Stadium on Sunday to not only participate in the 2016 commencement ceremony, but to witness U.S. President Barack Obama deliver remarks in honor of Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary, marking the first time for a sitting president to give such an address at the country’s eighth oldest institute of high education.

President Robert Barchi welcomed the graduates acknowledging some for being the first to graduate with a degree in their family. He also listed some of the firsts made by this class in academics, sports, and charity fundraising.

"Don't forget your unique place being a part of the 250th class,” said Barchi. He was confident the graduates were given the confidence to ask the right questions as they move through life and challenged them “to make a difference with their lives.”

Sign Up for E-News

Tom Frusciano, the University Archivist described to TAPinto Piscataway the beginnings of the three year campaign to get President Obama to commit to speaking to a graduation class. One conversation centered on adding “wish-list” type events, programs, and projects to the usual types of commemorative activities to be scheduled during the anniversary year. “I have to give credit to Matt Weismantel, the senior director of the 250th celebration for the idea of trying to get the president to come to Rutgers,” he said.

Frusciano added, “The idea was then formulated into a letter from Rutgers’ President, Robert Barchi and hand delivered to Obama in Washington, D.C.”

 Over the next three years, Rutgers’ students, faculty, staff and alumni and other supporters worked to convince the sitting president to be the commencement speaker during the college’s anniversary year.

The campaign was successful.

Michael Ganoot, a Rutgers-Camden Law Graduate and a resident of Hawaii’s Oahu Island was the only Hawaiian graduate in the Class of 2016 and was proud to hear the President’s speech during the historic occasion.

“The president, being from Hawaii in general is fantastic,” said Ganoot who plans to study for the Hawaii law exam when he returns home. “He is the first one who actually represents our state. To be here at the Rutgers’ graduation is also great because it’s the 250th anniversary. It’s great to see him supporting the community, here to give a special touch to the commencement. “

Zack Fischer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and sings baritone with the Rutgers Glee Club.

TAPinto Piscataway asked him how he felt about having the opportunity to sing before the president. “I was so excited,” said the singer who has a goal of earning his PhD degree. “It was surreal; it was like a dream.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

East Orange/Orange

Man Charged with Crashing Truck into East Orange Planned Parenthood Clinic

February 18, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheliah Coley announced Friday that Marckles Alcius, 31, with a last known address in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been charged with carrying out a truck attack on the Planned Parenthood East Orange Health Clinic on February 14, 2018, using a stolen bakery delivery truck.

Alcius has ...

Mayor Green and the City of East Orange Hosts A Black History Debate

February 19, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Ted R. Green, East Orange City Council and Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs will host a reenactment of the age-old debate between Booker T. Washington and Dr. W.E.B. DuBois on Thursday February 22, 2018 at the East Orange Campus High School Auditorium.

The debate which pits those in favor of Washington’s philosophy of self-help and racial solidarity ...

Essex County Freeholders Celebrate African-American History Month

February 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community.

Brendan Gill, board president and Freeholder At-Large, first acknowledged African-American contributions, both past and present, in ...

Procrastinating About Keeping Up to Date on Your Data Entry

Last time we talked about maintaining good records and saving receipts; this time we’ll focus on why you should not procrastinate on your data entry.

Taxes are on a pay-as-you-go basis. You owe taxes every quarter on your earnings minus your expenses. If you’re not doing your bookkeeping as needed, including reconciliation of accounts and closing out accounts, then you’re ...

Not Saving All Receipts and Keeping Good Records

We talked last time a little bit about overstating income and not counting the deductions that you can. We also talked a bit about receipts. But, it’s so important that we’re going to bring it up again here.

Keeping receipts and keeping good records is an important thing to do for your business because it’s going to make a lot of difference when you look at your financial ...

Cheating Yourself Out of Money

Do you have a system in place for saving relevant receipts for your business? If not, you need to get one. One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is avoiding saving receipts in an organized manner, which forces them to end up not deducting what could be deducted. This can cause you to overstate your business income, and consequently, you’ll end up paying more taxes.

The best ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b07ca45d1f7f7b57e6e4_spring_football

Mon, February 26, 6:00 PM

Lincoln Avenue School Gymnasium , Orange

Football Lovers, the Season Is Not Over: Orange ...

Sports

Carousel_image_b07ca45d1f7f7b57e6e4_spring_football

Thu, March 1, 6:00 PM

Lincoln Avenue School Gymnasium , Orange

Football Lovers, the Season Is Not Over: Orange ...

Sports