MADISON, NJ - Three students from Union were among the Drew University graduates awarded a degree at its Spring 2018 commencement.
Jennifer Benedict, Allison Ramos, and Jenalyn Anne Rembish each earned a bachelor of arts degree.
Speakers at the ceremony included Tony Award-winning actor John Leguizamo and acclaimed alumna Mallory Mortillaro C'13, G'15.
Leguizamo saluted the work ethic of immigrants and the inspiring activism of Generation Z. His address included anecdotes from his upbringing in Queens, with Leguizamo assuming the voices of his father and grandfather, characters from his neighborhood and mentors such as a math teacher and his first acting coach.
He also quoted poet William Blake, the writer Voltaire and founding father George Washington, as he asserted that immigrants "will always make this country great. And they will always work hard. In fact, they have to work hard-harder-just to prove themselves."
Mortillaro, who earned acclaim last year for discovering a Rodin sculpture inside Madison Borough Hall, delivered a message of empowerment, encouraging graduates to rise above self-doubt, learn through experiences and discover what sets them apart from others-just as she did in her years since Drew.
Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.