At RU’s rainy 2018 Commencement, 13 graduating Classics majors shine

At High Point Solutions Stadium, graduating Classics seniors including Michael Antosiewicz’18 (front left), with Professor Emily Allen-Hornblower (front right)

At Rutgers’ rain-soaked 252nd Commencement on Sunday 13 May, university President Robert L. Barchi called the class of 2018 “the largest and most accomplished” in the institution’s history.

Ignoring the rain (more or less) at Rutgers’ 252nd Commencement (Mother’s Day, 13 May 2018)

In all, the event—which also included Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences—saw 12,961 receive graduate status, including 13 majors in the Department of Classics.

 “Every one of you has successfully completed a rigorous course of study”, said President Barchi to the graduates in the crowd of 32,500 at The Birthplace (a.k.a. High Point Solutions Stadium), “at Rutgers, one of the finest public universities in America.” 

Classics Undergraduate Director Emily Allen-Hornblower (left) with Atiya Aftab, Department of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies Program

Speaking of rigorous, Classics Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director Emily Allen-Hornblower quite literally carried the departmental flag at both the general Commencement and the soggy ceremony for the School of Arts and Sciences, as a large and exceptionally talented group of Classics majors received their degrees: Madison Akins, Michael Antosiewicz, Akari Armatas, Michael Collins, JuliaRose Driscoll, Kat Garcia, Shannon Gilbert, Molly Kuchler, Katie Moretti, Eric Ng, Kim Peterman, Thomas Pettengill, and Tiara Youngblood.

One of many takeaways: our majors’ trilingual mortarboard decorations were off the proverbial hook.

From left, graduating Classics seniors Shannon Gilbert, Kim Peterman, Katie Moretti, Molly Kuchler

RU Classics wishes every single one of our majors and minors and indeed all the members of Rutgers’ Class of 2018 all the very best at this most important milestone. Please stay in touch!

Did we mention that Katie Moretti ’18 wrote her Honors thesis on Dido?

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