Graduation Time is Here!

Many commencement ceremonies have been cancelled or modified this year because of unprecedented circumstances. However, we should still take the time to acknowledge this year’s graduates. Here are images in New Jersey’s newspapers related to past graduations:

This advertisement lists last minute accessories, from items such as white gloves and hosiery to fans and handkerchiefs. It also advertises graduation gifts, such as handbags and combs. This image is featured in the June 14, 1911 Perth Amboy Evening News.

"Graduation Starts Tomorrow" describes any last minute items to pick up before graduation.

And let’s not forget about the nurses who are graduating after putting in the time and effort to become experts in their field. This article, featured in the April 25, 1910 Newark Star and Newark Advertiser, describes 17 women who graduated from a training school for nurses.

"City Hospital Nurses To Receive Diplomas: 17 Young Women Will be Graduated Wednesday Night" describes seventeen women graduating from the Training School for Nurses of the City Hospital.

The image below depicts Rutgers College’s preparation to celebrate its 150th anniversary commencement. The article is featured in the July 15, 1916 Perth Amboy Evening News.

"Rutgers College Preparing to Celebrate Its 150th Anniversary" depicts article with image of the 150th commencement.

Although it is unfortunate that today’s graduates are unable to celebrate their accomplishments through traditional ceremonies and parties, they should still feel proud for completing these milestones.

(Contributed by Kristi Chanda)

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