Brookdale honors graduates at 49th commencement ceremony

Degrees and certificates were awarded to nearly 1,845 Brookdale Community College students during the college’s 49th annual commencement ceremony in Lincroft on May 16.

Students who earned their Associate in Arts degrees received diplomas at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Students who received their Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Academic Credit Certificate of Achievement or Academic Credit Certificate received diplomas or certificates at a subsequent 3 p.m. ceremony.

During the 10 a.m. commencement, Dr. David Stout, Brookdale Community College President, said, “As you take your next steps, whether it be toward a career or one of our university partners, please don’t forget to tell everyone that your success started at Brookdale.”

In his remarks, Stout said the 2019 graduates are among 300,000 students who have attended Brookdale Community College since it was founded in 1967.

Stout said students who attend Brookdale Community College save an average of $24,000 more than students who attend a four-year institution after high school.

“In this room alone, that is $14 million in tuition savings,” Stout said. “Please remind your friends that you made the smart choice by getting your start at Brookdale.”

That day, seven graduates were recognized for their exceptional involvement in academics and extracurricular activities.

In a statement, Staub said, “The Outstanding Student Award Winners excelled academically and helped make the campus even more vibrant and engaging through their leadership and involvement.”