The College of Communication and the Arts' graduating class of 2019 will forever hold a special place in the University history books: they are the first to complete all four years since the launch of the College in 2015.
The class of 2019 began their academic careers at the College's Convocation in the fall of 2015, where they were warmly welcomed by Founding Dean Deirdre Yates, and enthusiastically cheered on and inspired by a special keynote speaker: Communication alumnus – and 2019 Baccalaureate Commencement speaker – Bob Ley '76.
In four short fruitful years, the College of Communication and the Arts has flourished. New academic programs have launched, such as the M.A. in Communication and the minor in Sports Media. The Institute for Communication and Religion was formed, fostering open and clear religious dialogue. World-renown speakers, industry leaders and respected academics and professionals from a variety of industries have been brought to campus for lectures, roundtables, master classes, workshops and more. Books have been published. Countless awards have been won among both faculty and students. Students have performed at Carnegie Hall, at Radio City Hall, and have stood alongside faculty and presented papers at national conferences. The College's radio station, WSOU 89.5 FM earned the coveted Marconi award for Best Non-Commercial Station of the Year.
Dean Yates noted, "It's been a transformative period for so many reasons. The College was founded on the notion of interdisciplinarity, on the theory that scholars, artists, practitioners and researchers forming a community will nurture the next generation of leaders. We are beyond proud of our graduates, and anxiously anticipate the great things they will do next."
In their four years, the students have achieved many accomplishments of their own. But, before they enter the professional world, we asked them to reflect on their time at Seton Hall.
Anna Carpenter, Music and Theatre
"The College of Communication and the Arts has allowed me to perform in many theatre productions. The choir program has given me the opportunity to sing in some of the most famous venues in the world. I have made the most of my opportunities and am very excited to go on to bigger and better things working in New York City."
Christopher Famularo, Visual and Sound Media
Pirate Television and WSOU gave me so many incredible memories and experiences that have prepared me for after graduation.
Andrea Keppler, Communication
"Throughout my four years at Seton Hall, I've gained so much experience working at our radio station 89.5 FM WSOU, writing for our newspaper The Setonian and interning at companies from the Elias Sports Bureau to Madison Square Garden. I am grateful for these opportunities and grateful for the support and advice I received from my professors at College of Communication and the Arts! My cap is decorated with my basketball tickets and media passes I got when I would work games at Prudential Center for WSOU!"
Eric Lamadrid, Public Relations
"I am thankful for the opportunities Seton Hall University & the College of Communications and the Arts has afforded me, being able to stay close to home and still be a part of great things is priceless."
Martin O. Tettey, Public Relations and Journalism
"Seton Hall has given me a new perspective on the world that I shall cherish for a lifetime. Being granted an opportunity to live in London for a semester abroad helped me grow not only as a student but also as a professional. My years at Seton Hall have exceeded everything I had anticipated my college experience would be like. So proud to be a Seton Hall pirate!"