Local Students Earn Degree From Drew University

MADISON — Drew University awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree to the following students at its 144th commencement on May 12:

  • Melissa Albino of Elizabeth
  • Victoria Ann Rivas of Linden
  • Melissa Marie Wrzesniewsky of Rahway

New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Barry T. Albin spoke to students at the ceremony along with Drew President Robert Weisbuch.

“‘If your nerve deny you,” Emily Dickinson proclaims, “go above your nerve,'” Weisbuch told graduates, quoting the 19th century American poet. “There is a great deal in life that we cannot control, but we are in charge of ourselves, and we can forge our attitudes,” he said. “Change is frightening, yes, but daring is available and greater.”

Albin was nominated to serve on New Jersey’s highest court in 2002. He was confirmed for a second term and tenure in 2009. As an Associate Justice, Albin has been a champion of equal rights for all New Jersey residents. Perhaps the best example of this was his 2006 majority opinion that established partnership rights for same-sex couples. Prior to joining the court, he was a partner at the Woodbridge-based firm Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer. He holds degrees from Rutgers University and Cornell Law School.

Founded in 1867, Drew is a selective, independent, coeducational university with a total enrollment of more than 2,500 students in its College of Liberal Arts, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and Theological School.

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