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Extraordinary Group of Students Graduate from NJIT

Darin Crumbley, 40, of Newark, graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) after 20 years, 15 operations and four kidneys.

Marshall Boggio, 75, of Point Pleasant, graduated with a doctorate in civil engineering just a month before celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary.

Elaine Nicole Lalane, of Newark, who graduated with a doctorate in physics, is one of the few African-American women in the country to earn that degree.

These were just three of 852 students who were graduated from NJIT during a May 27, 2003, ceremony held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark.

During a morning ceremony, the university awarded 469 bachelor’s degrees and 16 doctoral degrees. In an afternoon ceremony, it awarded 367 master’s degrees.

Nicole Marie Fusco, of Rockaway Township, an Albert Dorman Honors College student, who received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, was the undergraduate speaker. Lyudmyla Barannyk, of Newark, who received a doctorate in mathematical sciences, was the graduate speaker representing the doctoral students. Yashvind Bhasin, of Iselin, who received a master’s degree in information systems, spoke for the master’s students.

Moreover, nine students, all with perfect 4.0 grade point averages, tied for valedictorian: Joseph Bentivegna, of Tuckerton; Marie Bentivegna, of Tuckerton; Steven Burroughs, of Mount Holly; Rocco Ciccolini, of Newark; Geoffrey Cox, of Montclair; Farai Muronda, of Merchantville; Rakshita Patel, of Galoway; Swatee Singh, of New Providence; and Adriana Surugiu, of Beverly.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.