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Extraordinary Group of Students Graduate from NJIT

NEWARK, May 29--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 bachelorís degrees and 16 doctoral degrees. In an afternoon ceremony, it awarded 367 masterís degrees.

Nicole Marie Fusco, of Rockaway Township, an Albert Dorman Honors College student, who received a bachelorís 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 masterís degree in information systems, spoke for the masterís 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.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

Contact Information:   Robert Florida
Public Relations
(973) 596-5203 




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