Top corporations came courting when Nancy Andia received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers. The nurturing she received through the Society of Hispanic Engineers led her to join Johnson & Johnson to test new applications on cell phones, tablets and other platforms for the company's employees.
Alen Arnautovic was nine years old when his parents brought him and his sisters to the U.S. from war-torn Bosnia. He has gained immense respect and appreciation for the rule of law in his adopted country, particularly its peaceful transitions of power.
Gwen Baxley's research projects have examined a number of educational policy issues, from the influence of charter schools on English language learners to inequities in public education funding. She will pursue her doctorate in education policy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
In his varied career, one thing has been consistent about Tony Gruenewald. He is a river through which language flows, frequently changing its course and his own. The copywriter, tech guru and poet returned to his alma mater to receive a master's degree in library science.
Little did Wislande Guillaume know that months after a life-threatening aneurysm, she would conduct research in Haiti, become a peer counselor and a Leadership Scholar with the Institute for Women's Leadership, and be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Qi (Cathy) Guo arrived at Rutgers in 2009 from China with a rudimentary ability to speak English. Within two years of transferring from Beijing, the future diplomat had landed internships with NBC News and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Mark Hansen had his doubts about going to college - he was a creative thinker with a flair for finding alternative paths. Rutgers allowed the honors student to explore visual arts, cultural anthropology and political science. His career in architecture will strengthen communities and contribute to civic life.
The daughter of Mexican parents who emigrated to New Jersey two years before she was born, Andrea Huerta hopes to parlay her experiences at Rutgers' Eagleton Institute into a career in public service - mayor of New Brunswick, perhaps.
Brittany Lapidus's journey to a roster spot with Rutgers' NCAA Division I women's basketball program is a testament to her lifelong devotion to the program. Her path - from ball girl and summer camper to team manager and, finally, guard for the Scarlet Knights - has been taken by few, if any.
After nearly two decades as a book editor, Judith McCarthy started to question her future in the industry when digital technology - e-books, Amazon, Kindles - began transforming the publishing landscape. So the mother of three made a life-changing decision. She applied to law school.
As a childhood cancer survivor, Connor Montferrat understands life is fleeting and refuses to be typecast in his career. The chair of the New Jersey College Republicans crafted dual majors in criminal justice and political science to prepare for a career in politics.
Legally blind former police officer James Oswald begins a new chapter with Teach for America in New York City after graduating cum laude from Rutgers with a bachelor's degree in history. The 55-year-old employs various tools to overcome his disability, including a home aide and a scanner that reads print aloud.
Robert Schiller knows something about second chances. His plans to attend his graduation ceremony in 1973 unraveled when he suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. Four decades later, Schiller will participate in Rutgers' Commencement activities.
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