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The School of Arts and Sciences Class of 2021

Committed to a Better Future

Senior Bryan Cabezas

Graduating during challenging times, the four members of the School of Arts and Sciences Class of 2021 featured below are now starting extraordinary new journeys that testify to the enduring value of a liberal arts education.

Bryan Cabezas (above) is on his way to medical school with the goal of serving unrepresented populations. Ashley Crawley is pursuing an advanced degree in behavioral neuroscience and is dedicated to treating psychiatric illness. Christine Jensen is a budding Bible scholar with a passion for studying the texts that have exerted an incalculable influence on the world. And Xiangyue “Max” Wang has enrolled in a data studies graduate program with plans to use his knowledge to address climate change.

As significant as their stories are, they are just four of 5,353 graduates in the Class of 2021, all of whom have shown extraordinary resilience during a global health crisis, a racial reckoning fueled by the killing of George Floyd, and a deeply polarized political landscape in America.

SAS Executive Dean Peter March, speaking at virtual convocation, told students that their graduation is a cause for celebration and hope.

“You, the Class of 2021, are going off into the adult world,” March said. “And as liberal arts graduates of Rutgers University, you are uniquely equipped to transform that world for the better.”

One need only read the stories below to see how true those words are.