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Congratulations to the Arts and Sciences Class of 2020!

Students persevere and succeed during remote learning

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For the entire Rutgers community, this was a year like no other. But that's especially the case for seniors. Members of the Class of 2020 left for spring break not knowing they would finish their college experience remotely. But they persevered, showing resilience, determination and Scarlet Pride. 

"Although my senior year has been cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, my Rutgers experience has been amazing," says genetics major Thomas Wood, pictured above in a Rutgers sweatshirt visiting the American Museum of Natural History with Rutgers Professor Tetsuya Nakamura in the fall of 2019.

When it came time to recognize the Class of 2020, the school launched on online celebration that shared remarks from Executive Dean Peter March, senior leaders, faculty, and alumni as well as displaying more than 5,000 student slides celebrating their success!. More than 7,600 viewers visited the Celebration 2020 website on the day it went live. 

Congratulations, Class of 2020!


  • Senior’s Bold Path Fused Professional School Experience with Liberal Arts Tradition

    April Lopez skillfully melded two majors: combining marketing at Rutgers Business School with Latino and Caribbean Studies. Awarded the inaugural Dra. Maria Josefa Canino Arroyo Leadership Award, named for the founder of the LCS department, Lopez served as president of UndocuRutgers, a student group working for the rights of undocumented students.

  • He Found a Major that Stretched Boundaries—in the Classroom and in Life

    Yoni Friedman grew up reading science fiction and gravitating toward topics like artificial intelligence and neuroscience. "I was fascinated with the idea of consciousness." He found his calling in courses in psychology, philosophy, and computer science that reflected the spirit of collaboration and collegiality he found in his chosen field. 

  • Student Fascinated with German Found Fulfillment at Rutgers

    For a high school student fascinated by German, choosing Rutgers was a no-brainer. Megan Stanton connected to the German department's rich mix of language, literature and culture, from courses like "Marx, Nietzsche, Freud," to the Study Abroad program in Berlin, where she spent a semester at a venerable research university. 

  • Rutgers Senior with Rural Roots Addresses Problems on a Global Scale

    Arden Benner was seeking a calling that would combine a deep reverence for the environment, an emphasis on public health, and a strong commitment to social justice. "Geography covers everything I am passionate about," says Benner, who also earned a minor in public health, and a certificate in geospatial information science, or GIS. 

  • Rutgers Senior Explored how Fish became Land Creatures

    Growing up in England, Thomas Wood thought he might became a veterinarian. But his budding passion for science and research eventually led instead to the Department of Genetics at Rutgers University. Wood specialized in research that examines the genetic mechanisms that allowed fish to evolve mammals, birds, and reptiles.