Juneteenth is one of the most culturally important days in American history, and there are many of us who are just learning the historical significance of this day. The origins of Juneteenth have increasingly been recognized and celebrated nationally, so how did Juneteenth come about, and why are we celebrating it now?

Graduates from the School of Arts and Sciences cheering at the end of the Rutgers’ 257th Anniversary Commencement.

On Monday, May 13, Rutgers School of Social Work hosted a convocation ceremony to recognize its BASW, MSW, DSW, and Ph.D. graduates. Families and friends gathered at Jersey Mike’s Arena in New Brunswick 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, 851 graduates earned a degree from the School of Social Work this year, including 705 MSW grads, 128 BASW grads, 12 DSW grads, and 6 Ph.D. grads.