First, some numbers. An estimated 16,465 graduates received degrees from Rutgers at graduation ceremonies on 17 May of this year, the 249th since the founding of the university in 1766. Baccalaureate degrees accounted for 10,593 of the 2015 total, give or take a few. Master’s degrees added up to 3,951; doctorates another 1,919.
Many of the graduating students assembled at High Point Solutions Stadium had good reason to feel lost in a crowd. But that wasn’t the case for those from Rutgers Classics, which proudly contributed .0007% of the day’s degree recipients. Though enrollments for the largest classes in our department frequently push capacity, the language-based major and the graduate degrees remain a highly personalized experience, with intensive teaching and close advisement in the best liberal arts tradition.
Receiving the BA in Classics in 2015 were Tyler C. Archer (with departmental Honors); Blessie M. Banayat; Tawny E. Cataldo; Michaela G. Fore; Adam J. Kasarda (departmental Highest Honors); Meghan E. Kiernan (departmental High Honors); Bernard Lin; Erica L. Olsen; Lauren A. Pavlis; and Kathryn E. Tomiak (departmental Honors).
Receiving the Jacob Broadhead Prize in Classics (“to a student who displays all-around excellence in Classics”) was Bernard Lin.
The commencement exercises of Douglass Residential College recognized for its Cornelison Prize in Classics (“all around excellence in Classical studies by a member of Douglass College”) Eileen E. Hallman’16; and also Alison Bocchino’15 (awarded 2014); and Dana Hayes’15 (awarded 2013).
On 17 May, there was also awarded a degree of MA in Classics to Scott Asher William Barnard. Scott Barnard received the degree of BA from the University of New Mexico, and also holds a MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from Rutgers.
Receiving the degree of Ph.D. in Classics was Andriy Fomin, who wrote a dissertation entitled How Dio wrote history: Dio Cassius’ intellectual, historical and literary techniques under the direction of Professor Sarolta A. Takács (Rutgers Department of History). Andriy earned his first degree from V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), and holds both a Ed.M. in Education and a MA in Classics from Rutgers.
Following the ceremony, Rutgers Classics undergraduate director and associate professor Emily Allen-Hornblower exhorted the freshly-minted BA recipients:
“You have much to be proud of, and it was an honor and a joy to spend the day with you yesterday. Sending renewed congratulations to each of you from all of us in Classics…our very best wishes and warmest encouragement to all of you in each of your endeavors. Stay in touch, keep us posted about what you are up to, come back and visit; don’t become strangers!”