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Virtual convocation kicks off fall semester for Class of 2024

Virtual convocation kicks off fall semester for Class of 2024

The members of the Class of 2024 began their college journey during the most unusual circumstances, but their dedication to higher education and their communities shines through in their admissions portfolios. TCNJ President Kathryn Foster officially welcomed this extraordinary group during the college’s virtual convocation ceremony on August 24.

Among the interesting facts about the Class of 2024:

  • 27 percent are first-generation college students 
  • They are fluent in 51 different languages including Korean, Arabic, Hungarian, Hindi, and Yoruba
  • 248 students were president or vice president of a high school club or organization
  • 15 were high school class presidents
  • 947 participated in athletics, with 403 as team captains
  • 23 earned their black belt
  • Over 65 percent of our enrolled students participated in service organizations like Meals on Wheels, Restore the Shore, Habitat for Humanity, and the Special Olympics

“You are here because we have unqualified confidence that you belong here and will add tremendous value to our community,” Foster said during the virtual ceremony. “You come from all backgrounds, from near and far, many the first in your families to attend college. We passionately look forward to meeting you in person, perhaps this fall in small groups if circumstances allow.”  

Convocation is the official start of the fall semester for the incoming freshmen and transfer classes. The college is operating on a predominately remote instructional model with limited student on-campus housing because of the coronavirus global pandemic.

“The staff worked diligently to identify a truly talented and exceptional class who have dealt with many challenges during the past year,” says Grecia Montero, director of admissions. “Yet, this is a class with resilience and grit and we’re optimistic that they will use this strength to be amazing members of our TCNJ community.”

— David Pavlak

TCNJ approves dual-certification program in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

TCNJ approves dual-certification program in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

On Tuesday, June 30, TCNJ’s Board of Trustees approved a new graduate dual-certification program in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. This new dual-certification program offers those interested in becoming teachers an opportunity to seek New Jersey Certificates of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in both early childhood (pre-K through 3rd grade) and elementary education (Kindergarten through 6th grade). …

Oh, the places TCNJ’s Class of 2020 will go

Oh, the places TCNJ’s Class of 2020 will go

Turning their tassels in one of the most challenging times, members of the Class of 2020 are ready to leverage all they’ve learned as they enter the next phase of their professional endeavors. This diverse group will explore opportunities ranging from international veterinary school to the armed forces. Below are highlights of what lies ahead…

Virtual showcase celebrates student scholarly work

Virtual showcase celebrates student scholarly work

In a virtual celebration of scholarly work, TCNJ students showcased the fruits of their academic labors with paper presentations, panels, poster sessions, and more during the Celebration of Student Achievement on Wednesday, May 6. “TCNJ’s Celebration of Student Achievement is an annual student symposium that highlights both the research and creative activity that our students are…

COVID-19 School of Education Update

COVID-19 School of Education Update

The College is open with very limited on-campus staffing. For assistance and all questions, please contact us via email (educat@tcnj.edu). All field placements are suspended until classes revert from an online format; this is contingent on placement districts’ status. Students in clinical placements should remain in contact with their supervisor. For information on education advising,…

Shri Rao awarded Fulbright US Scholar Award

Shri Rao awarded Fulbright US Scholar Award

Dr. Shri Rao, Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education, Language & Literacy, has been selected for a Fulbright Nehru Award for Academic and Professional Excellence. This Fulbright US Scholar Award, along with a yearlong sabbatical, will provide Dr. Rao with the opportunity to conduct research in Bengaluru, India. Using qualitative methodology, her…

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