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School of Social Work Celebrates the Class of 2019 at Convocation
May 21, 2019

BASW, MSW, DSW, and Ph.D. students were recognized for earning their degrees at the School of Social Work's Convocation ceremony on Monday, May 20, 2019 in the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Families and friends gathered together in support of their loved ones who have spent years of hard work completing their programs and tackling countless hours of class time, research, and field work. In total, 955 students – the highest number in the School's history – earned a degree from the School of Social Work this year, including 779 MSW students, 154 BASW students, 16 DSW students, and 6 Ph.D. students.

The following graduates received awards for their outstanding work:

  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award: Shrivridhi Shukla and Kate Stepleton
  • Dean’s Recognition Award to an Outstanding Student in Management and Policy: Holly Malerba
  • Dean’s Recognition Award to an Outstanding Student in Clinical Social Work: Mariah Springer and Rosa Lasso
  • Dean’s Recognition Award to an Outstanding MSW Graduate: Justin Carino and Jordan Goodwin
  • Dean’s Recognition Award from our New Brunswick Campus: Dameon Marquese Stackhouse

In addition, faculty and staff members were presented the following awards:

  • Outstanding Professor of the Year Award: Mark Lamar
  • Most Supportive Professor Award: Jeanne Koller and Marla Blunt-Carter
  • Innovative and Creative Teaching Award: Marla Blunt-Carter
  • Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award: Loretta Mooney
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Instructor Award: Bridget Nash
  • Most Supportive Staff Award: Arlene Hunter

Dean Cathryn Potter also presented an award to William “Bill” Waldman, who will retire from his position as Professor of Professional Practice on July 1st, in recognition of his dedication to the School and the social work profession.

New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, the first woman of color to serve in statewide elected office in the state’s history, received this year’s Voice of Social Justice Award and delivered the School of Social Work’s Convocation address. In her remarks, Lt. Governor Oliver explained, “As someone who has spent her entire life providing and advocating for social services in New Jersey, I cannot begin to express how thrilled I am to be with you today to celebrate your great accomplishments. I am in awe as I look out on this bright, diverse, and talented group of graduates who are ready to change the world.”

Dean Potter concluded the ceremony with words of encouragement for the graduates. “You have been prepared for a wonderful career in social work by an outstanding group of faculty and field instructors. We wish you the greatest success,” she said. “Our hope is that you will find your particular way to make a difference in this world. We are so very proud of you.”

Congratulations, graduates, and welcome to the Rutgers School of Social Work alumni network!

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