The College of Saint Elizabeth is honored to welcome New Jersey’s first secretary of higher education, Rochelle Hendricks, who will deliver the commencement speech to the Class of 2015.
Appointed to the Cabinet-level position in May 2011, Secretary Hendricks served previously as acting commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Education, promoted from assistant commissioner overseeing the Division of School Effectiveness and Choice, the Offices of Board Development, Small Learning Communities and School Culture, District Schools, Turnaround Partnerships, Inter-District Choice and Opportunity Scholarships, Charter Schools, Career and Technical Education, and Online Education.
Secretary Hendricks worked also as director of the Professional Development Office, manager of the Office of Policy and Planning in the Administration Division and director of the Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs.
She was at Princeton University for 15 years as assistant dean of students, director of the Educational Opportunities Program, and interim director of the Women's Program.
Secretary Hendricks began her career as a teacher in the Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School District.
Amanda Hamann of Phillipsburg, N.J., is a double major representing the Women's College and will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Early Childhood Education/Psychology.
Her speech topic is, "A Dream for One is a Dream for All."
Todd Talarico of Morristown, N.J., is a graduate student receiving his Master of Science degree in Health Care Management.
His speech topic is, "Learning to Dance in the Rain."