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William Paterson Gives Out More Than 2,700 Degrees

Federal official challenges students to first find satisfaction in who they are rather than what they do.

More than 2,700 graduates of were challenged to become complete individuals and find satisfaction in who they are, rather than what they do, NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday.

Click to view a slideshow of photos taken at the ceremony.

The university’s 189th commencement ceremony was held at the Izod Center Tuesday morning.

, the undersecretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights, . She is the first Latino undersecretary to serve in the state department. She received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the university.

Nathan Giroux is this year’s valedictorian. He earned a bachelor’s in music with highest honors.

Three faculty members were honored for their outstanding accomplishments this year: Maboud Ansari, a professor of sociology; Edward Burns, an English professor; and Rochelle Goldberg Kaplan, a professor of educational leadership and professional studies.

The university has several photographs from the ceremony available to view online and a social media stream from Twitter from users who posted with the hashtag #wpunj2012

Scondo May 23, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I prefer a headline that reads 2700 Graduates earn their degrees. To which I say congratulations. I know how hard I had to work to get my degrees, 4 years of college, 8 years of night school, I always felt I earned them, I never thought that they were given to me. So what are you supposed to say when the headline reads William Paterson gives out more than 2700 degrees. I know they did not "give them out" I know they were earned and for that I say to the graduates congratulations.
Rob Burke May 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I doubt anyone would argue with you, Scondo. When are you going to come by and check out our Victory Garden?
Nose Wayne May 24, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Scondo,PLEASE stop by rob's garden so he will stop posting"When are you going to to come be check out the VICTORY GARDEN!!!"
Rob Burke May 24, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Why would you think I will stop posting? For all I know, You and scondo are one and the same. Scondo won't ever stop By my place just like scondo didn't stop by at sandys place. For the anonymous ones, This is something of a game.
Nose Wayne May 24, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Rob, I will stop to see the garden and chickens.As for Sandy,NOSE her for many years.And NOSE, I am not also SCONDO!!!
Nose Wayne May 24, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Scondo, Like everything today,You have to earn it!!

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