During the past academic year at Rutgers University—Camden, students at every level excelled in their disciplines, advanced new ways of thinking, and contributed to communities in need through on-campus endeavors with worldwide impact. Here are just a few stand-out stories that reflect the diverse and inspiring members of the Class of 2012.


Brisa De Angulo and Parker Palmer - Law (JD)
The Rutgers-Camden law students are dedicated to helping Bolivian children who are victims of sexual abuse.

Tracy Dobkowski- Nursing (BSN)
This long-distance runner kept her winning stride in spite of a personal tragedy.

Darlene Hemerka- Political Science and Urban Studies (BA)
This student leader founded a disabilities awareness organization to improve the campus for everyone.

Heather Hillmer - Management (BS) and Marketing (BS)
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Hillmer uses her military background to pursue a career in management.

David Madden - Law (JD)
Building on his family's legacy as a third generation student at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden.

Wali Rushdan - Law (JD)
Using his law education to make a difference in his community.

Kelly Scott- History and Women's and Gender Studies (BA)
An honors student that charted her own academic course with a major of her own.

Yolanda Sime-Polanco- Nursing (BSN)
A hospital stay in the Dominican Republic inspired her career in nursing.

Abraham Tran - Law (JD)
The son of Vietnamese refugees, Tran is inspired by his family's history.

Dan Walsh - Marketing (BS)
Using his marketing background to carve out a successful career in the food industry.

Commencement 2012