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 2014.

Maria Tsakiris — Finance (B.S.)
Former figure skater is on the cutting edge of the business world.

Lyla Jno Baptiste – Biology (B.A.)
After discovering a plant gene as a Rutgers-Camden student, Baptiste prepares for a career in the sciences.

Matt Niepielko – Computational and Integrative Biology (Ph.D.)
First graduate from Rutgers-Camden's innovative doctoral program embraces biomedical research.

Angad Patheja – Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Upper bilateral amputation can't slow down student as he earns his M.B.A.

Katie Marlette — Nursing (B.S.)
Student overcomes cancer diagnosis to earn nursing degree.

Courtney Munnings — Law (J.D.)
Powerful work ethic and Rutgers Law mentors add up to success.

Denis Nelasov — Nursing (B.S.)
Journey from Russia to Camden leads to nursing career.

Kiara Han — Law (J.D.)
Leadership positions in Asian American student group propels grad into legal community.

Victoria Widener – Fine Arts (B.A.)
Student’s passions for art and the environment collide to create art with a purpose.

Joshua Piccoli –Psychology (B.A.)
A United States Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War sets his sights on earning his law degree and serving as an advocate for fellow veterans.

Diane Marano – Childhood Studies (Ph.D.)
Ph.D. graduate and former Camden County prosecutor focuses her research on juvenile gun violence

Iveliz Crespo — Law (J.D.)
Camden native says passion led to her law school success.