Montclair State University held its 2011 Commencement exercises on Friday, May 20, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, conferring 3,928 degrees in science and mathematics, humanities and the social sciences, business, the arts, and education. The University conferred 2,901 baccalaureate degrees, 1,013 master’s degrees, and 14 doctoral degrees at the event.
Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole presided over the exercises and the Commencement address was delivered by photojournalist and multiple Emmy Award-winning television personality Raúl de Molina.
After receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University, de Molina regaled the new graduates with stories of his own life and exhorted them to pursue their dreams. “Anything is possible. Never give up, always keep trying, and I can assure you that your dreams will become a reality sooner or later,” he said. “Remember that any opportunity that you are given is just that. Never be afraid to take a risk, because that risk could open the very doors of the world that you are looking to enter.”
Also receiving honorary degrees and offering words of greeting were John T. Riordan ’59, former President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers (Doctor of Humane Letters), and educator and author Warren T. Farrell ’65 (Doctor of Letters).
Congratulations to the Class of 2011!
View Commencement Photos on flickr.com
View Commencement Videos on YouTube
Read about the Convocation ceremonies for the College of the Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Education and Human Services, the School of Business, and The Graduate School.
Student speakers Kodi Lee Milde represented the senior class and Michelle Hernandez represented the graduate students.
Read press coverage of Commencement in The Record.