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President's Message

President Holloway, glasses, red tie, rutgers shield pin, navy blazer

Dear Members of the Class of 2024,

It’s time to celebrate! All your hard work, your curiosity and creativity, your willingness to venture outside your comfort zone, and your determination and diligence have led to this milestone: earning a degree from one of the finest public universities in the nation. On behalf of the Rutgers community, I am delighted to say: Congratulations!

For everyone turning a tassel today, this moment is the realization of overcoming obstacles large and small on your academic path. And I know that for many of you, your start at Rutgers—like mine—came amid a global pandemic that challenged you in ways unforeseen. Class of 2024, you deserve to take enormous pride in all you have accomplished. It is a pride rightfully shared by your families, your friends, your faculty, and all those who have supported you along the way.

Better yet, you can look to the future with confidence, knowing that your education at Rutgers has prepared you well. In completing your degree, you have acquired knowledge, honed your talent and intellect, and developed critical thinking skills that will help you master the personal and professional opportunities that await you. Just as important, I hope that your experience at Rutgers has inspired you to take an active role in civic life, advancing our mission of service to the common good in communities local and global.

As you go forth from Rutgers, taking your place among our distinguished alumni, know that your alma mater is proud of you. You are Scarlet Forever. We are excited to see the remarkable things the Class of 2024 will accomplish, armed with a Rutgers degree, adding prestige to the university with your achievements. And we hope you will always keep in touch throughout your life as we strive to make you ever prouder of this storied institution.

Congratulations again to the Rutgers University Class of 2024!


Jonathan Holloway
President and University Professor
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey