Highlighting the Class of 2016

For the second year in a row, Fairleigh Dickinson University students will graduate at MetLife Stadium. As we celebrate Commencement on May 17, take a moment to get to know the Class of 2016 as a whole, and meet some of its standout individuals.

Members of FDU's inaugural School of Pharmacy class reflect back

It’s a huge moment for Fairleigh Dickinson University, for the School of Pharmacy and for 69 students in particular — at Commencement 2016, the first class of pharmacy students will graduate. But before graduation, four of these pharmacy students trace their academic, social and professional experiences over the course of four years. [MORE]

Four Pharmacy students collage

The Class of 2016, by the numbers

FDU's Class of 2016 is one-of-a-kind! Find out: How many students are graduating? What degrees are they earning? Where are the students from originally? Which majors are most popular? [MORE]

Grad infographics 2016

The Student Pinnacle Award Winners:


Katelyn Arathoon mini sq crop 2Five questions with Katelyn Arathoon

On and off of the soccer field, Katelyn Arathoon racks up victories. Her latest accomplishment — being selected as the Metropolitan Campus Student Pinnacle Award recipient — is a source of pride. At home in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, she coaches and inspires young female soccer players. Now, Arathoon, who will receive her BS in biology at Commencement 2016, graduating summa cum laude, is ready to inspire her fellow grads, too. [MORE]


Porter Yang mini square cropFive questions with Shi (Porter) Yang

Shi (Porter) Yang is a triple threat — he’s studying political science, criminology and sociology and will receive his BA on May 17 at Commencement — he speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese and English, and has lived in Taiwan, Australia and the United States. As the Florham Student Pinnacle Award recipient, Yang is one of the three student speakers who will address the Class of 2016 at graduation. [MORE]

Laura Rodriguez Romero mini square cropFive questions with Laura Rodriguez Romero

Laura Rodriguez Romero speaks fluent Spanish and English. She knows French, and is learning Portuguese. The multilingual native of Colombia puts her words to good use come Commencement 2016, as FDU’s Vancouver Campus Pinnacle Award recipient. “I am very excited to give my speech. It means a lot to me to have the honor to represent all students,” says Rodriguez-Romero, who will graduate with her BS in business administration. [MORE]

Grad Greetings sneak peek!




Student Spotlights:


Danny Camacho portrait miniGraduating senior turns life of science into life of art

When Danny Camacho applied to FDU’s Metropolitan Campus, it was as a biology major. Camacho intended to study medicine after graduating from FDU, with a particular focus on neurology. Funny how life works. He’s still majoring in biology and will graduate on May 17. But after Commencement, his sights are set on an art career, not on medical school. [MORE]


Hamza miniHitting the financial ground running

For Silberman College of Business student Yusuf Hamza, graduation will mark the beginning of an exciting adventure, a strong launch for his career in the financial field. Hamza, a Metropolitan Campus student, recently accepted a job offer from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., a leading global financial services firm, and one of the largest banking institutions in the United States. He will be part of their Financial Analyst Development Program located in Delaware. [MORE]


Fatima Jalloh mini square crop 3Fatima Jalloh finds strength en route to graduation

It’s hard to be apart: to leave, to separate, as graduating senior Fatima Jalloh knows all too well. But there can be value in it: fleeing Sierra Leone saved Jalloh’s life. Escaping into her studies at FDU, amid a pregnancy, offered the possibility of more for herself and her daughter. Moving to Washington D.C. to intern at the National Defense University took her to a new city and new levels. Now, she’s prepared her for the next journey: graduation. [MORE]

John Prout miniFifty-seven years later, student earns his degree

“It was close to six decades in the making, but I can finally say I have a degree,” says 75-year-old John Prout, who will receive that bachelor's degree at Commencement 2016. His college journey started in 1959 when he enrolled at FDU’s Rutherford Campus as an evening student. Then, he dropped out, and for years, focused on his court reporting company and family. In 2008, he returned to FDU, and now he’s considering a master’s degree. [MORE]