HOLMDEL: US Congressman Rush Holt (NJ 12th District) delivered the Commencement Address to 1,040 students receiving 1,138 degrees on Wednesday at the Monmouth University graduation ceremony held at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Holt was introduced by President Paul Brown in his first year at the helm of MU.
In his address Congressman Holt encouraged the graduates to, “Think like a scientist."
"Science is not a collection of knowledge but (also) a mindset," Holt said.
He said one should follow the evidence, the answers to the questions they seek, even when it may lead to uncomfortable conclusions and directions. Evidence is more impotent than preconceptions, he said. He cautioned to be careful about decisions that may be just based on easily-measured evidence.
President Brown recounted the first half century of the school’s progress from its beginning as a junior college in 1939 to the university as it is now, a 156 acre campus with its historic Wilson Hall, 6,000 students from 31 states and 29 countries, its eight schools of learnings, and its sports programs.
President Brown introduced Senior Class President Joe Dellera of West Long Branch who congratulated his classmates and thanked parents and the university teachers and staff. He will be going to Seton Hall Law School in the fall.
The 2 ½ hour ceremony was opened with a welcome from Robert B. Sculthorpe ‘63, Chairman of the Monmouth University Board of Trustees. The weather was warm and the amphitheater a pleasant setting for visitors.