School of Health Professions/Psychology kick off college/school graduation ceremonies

School of Health Professions/Psychology kick off college/school graduation ceremonies

More than 500 students participated in Commencement 2018
Amber Snyder addressed the School of Health Professions/Psychology graduates on Monday.

You may see photos from today's ceremony -- and all Commencement 2018 ceremonies -- here

Commencement 2018 was a family affair for the extended Gladysz crew. In fact, Rowan University itself is a bit of a family affair for members of the Central Jersey clan, many who gathered on the Bunce Green for the School of Health Professions/College of Science & Mathematics’ Department of Psychology ceremony.

Jennifer Gladysz, 22, a psychology major with a minor in human resources, and her cousin, Nicole Mickendrow, 22, a health promotion and wellness management major, both from Jackson, earned degrees on May 7, during the first of 10 college and school ceremonies spread across five days following a University-wide main ceremony on Sunday, May 6.

Gladysz’s mother, Tammie Gladysz, was standing near Bole Hall for the festivities during a day she called “extra special.”

“Jennifer has a sister who graduated from Rowan, an aunt who graduated from Rowan, an uncle. She also has two cousins here now and one who will be starting next year. Two step-brothers are alumni, and one’s still here now,” Tammie Gladysz said. Jennifer Gladysz’s uncle is head men’s soccer coach Scott Baker.

“Rowan is our school and our second home.”

No doubt a lot of the 500+ students who participated in commencement and the thousands of their loved ones watching them cross the stage felt the same way.

The morning was a sea of cell phones held to ears, selfies, cheers, waves, decorated caps (“Every adventure requires a first step,” “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” and “Hungry dogs run faster,” among them), parents carrying babies, and other loved ones toting flowers and signs.

Dr. Karen Magee-Sauer, dean, said, “The years fly by and blend together.” She highlighted many of the accomplishments in the school and department during the last four years, including a 25-percent increase in enrollment in the School of Health Professions and a 40-percent increase in enrollment in Psychology, which she said graduated more students than any other department this year. And she praised students who worked hard, persevered and reached their goals.

Student speaker Amber Snyder, a first-generation graduate, praised Rowan in general and a few professors in particular. “Rowan was the best choice for all of us here today. Rowan has a whole-hearted approach to all of its students.”

She quoted her father before urging fellow graduates to stand up, put their chin up and never settle for anything less than they deserve: “When you say you cannot, it means that you will not, and the only one who can limit yourself is you.”