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 2013.

Ph.D. in Childhood Studies
Lara Saguisag, Deborah Valentine, and Marla Wander will become the first three graduates of Rutgers–Camden’s landmark Ph.D. in childhood studies program. It is an unprecedented achievement on a national scale, as they become the first recipients of a Ph.D. in childhood studies from any higher education institution in the United States.

Professional Master’s Degrees – PMBA and PMAc
Inaugural cohorts graduate from Rutgers School of Business–Camden professional degree programs.


Bryan Adams — Marketing (B.S.)
A Purple Heart recipient, Adams helped ease the transition for military veterans returning to civilian life and pursuing degrees at Rutgers–Camden.

Alen Arnautovic – Political Science (B.A.)
A native of war-torn Bosnia, Arnautovic prepares for a law career to help preserve American rights and liberties.

Joe Dalessandro – Chemistry (B.A.)
The single father balances coursework and rigorous research with raising his young daughter, who motivates him daily.

Amanda Dalton – Law (J.D.)
She was just five when her legal education began at Rutgers, when her mother Angela White Dalton, ’95, was earning her degree.

Andrea Fernandes — Nursing (B.S.)
Columbus resident takes pride in her ability to help Spanish-speaking patients.

Angela Juneau – Law (J.D.)
Passionate about food options in the Garden State, Juneau published writing on how New Jersey fares in the Federal Farm Bill and grew crops in Camden.

Samantha McClernan — Marketing (B.S.)
Business School graduate applies sales and marketing skills to career at Pepsi.

Richard Milligan – English (B.A.)
Milligan overcomes personal doubts to become first-generation college graduate

April Nees — Law (J.D.)
Rutgers Law–Camden has propelled Captain Nees into an echelon she has long aspired to enter: the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps.

Lester Orellana – Criminal Justice (B.A.)
Wounded Iraq War hero to earn bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; will participate in 4th Annual Jeremy Kane 5K Benefit Run

Robin Parry – History (B.A.)
The student commencement speaker for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences earns a bachelor’s degree after returning to college

Greg Perugini – Physics (B.S.)
Twenty years after graduating from Rutgers–Camden with his MBA, the former computer engineer returns to campus to earn a degree in physics.

Logan Elliott Pettigrew – Law (J.D.)
In a competitive job market, Pettigrew landed two clerkships, including one with the New Jersey Chief Judge, as well as an associate position at a top firm.

Inna Pokrovnichka – Law (J.D.)
What inspired her hard-earned law degree is knowing that she’ll help others possess another valuable document: a passport.

Lara Saguisag – Childhood Studies (Ph.D.) The children’s author earns a Ph.D. in childhood studies and a tenure-track position

Gregory Sellers – Law (J.D.)
Turned a one-year externship into a prestigious federal appellate clerkship.

Deborah Valentine – Childhood Studies (Ph.D.)
The longtime educator and administrator focuses doctoral research on the history of race, play and early childhood education in Philadelphia

Marla Wander – Childhood Studies (Ph.D.)
College professor expands expertise – and outlook – with Ph.D. in childhood studies

Matthew Wizmur – Law (J.D.) and Business (M.B.A.)
Wizmur follows in a family tradition of earning law degrees from Rutgers, but he has raised the bar with a dual degree.

Information for the Class of 2013