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Caldwell, N.J., March 7 –Caldwell University honored 73 freshmen who had achieved a 3.8 grade point average or higher their first semester at the annual Freshman Recognition Ceremony March 7.  

In congratulating the students, Caldwell President Matthew Whelan, Ed.D. said “This is just the beginning of what you are going to be able to accomplish.  Keep building on it. Keep learning. Don’t be afraid to fail. New discoveries come from failures.”  Dr. Whelan encouraged the students to go beyond their comfort levels, to engage in conversations where they feel uncomfortable and to take advantage of different campus activities.  Dreams, he said, come from hard work both inside and outside the classroom. 

Vice President for Academic Affairs Peter Ubertaccio, Ph.D. told the students that they had distinguished themselves by their commitment to their academic pursuits.  Pointing out that the Dominican, St. Catherine of Siena was a “great giver,” he encouraged the students to give a moment of their time. “There is someone in your life who helped you get to this ceremony today…send them a few words of gratitude today,” said Ubertaccio. “Believe me when I tell you, they can use the positive vibe.  Finding a way to express gratitude is giving something of yourself to others who helped your journey.”  

Faculty and staff members spoke to the freshmen describing the Honors Program, research opportunities including the annual Research and Creative Arts Day, student life, study abroad and peer advising opportunities. 

The ceremony was coordinated by Johanna Oliva-Marquez, assistant director of advising, and the Caldwell advising staff members.