NEWARK, NJ — Inspiring her fellow graduates to “find what makes them different,” Roseland resident Jumi Kim recently spoke at the Kean University Undergraduate Commencement ceremony as the Class of 2017 valedictorian.

Kim graduated in January with a double major in both economics and mathematical science-statistics.

“Find your specialty instead of just following the popular careers,” said Kim. “Try to pursue what you can do well even if it is a small thing, work at it, become better at it, and commit yourself. When you can differentiate yourself from others, you increase your value and the value of what you can become.”

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During the ceremony, Kean University awarded 2,958 bachelor’s degrees at Newark’s Prudential Center. Actor, activist and educator Kal Penn, a New Jersey native who portrays White House press secretary Seth Wright on the ABC television drama “Designated Survivor,” shared experiences from a life in film and politics with the graduates.

Kean President Dawood Farahi, Ph.D., advised graduates to cultivate the “4 Cs”—confidence, commitment, courage and charity.

“Commit to something bigger than yourself,” said Farahi. “Get a dream. If you don’t have a dream, you can’t realize one.”

Kim is picture above, courtesy of Kean University Relations.