By David Madden
GLASSBORO, N.J. (CBS) — Rain this morning forced the commencement exercises indoors at Rowan University, and may have also squelched any planned protests aimed at the guest speaker, New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
About 2,500 graduates received their degrees, but only a couple of hundred engineering students were actually in the theatre where Christie told the story of his grandmother, who raised three kids on her own and gave him lessons to live by as a child — which, he says, stayed with him till this day.
Christie told the graduates to make the most of what life has given them, and work hard to leave their mark on the world.
“Now it truly is up to you, and because of the education you have, no one will presume there are any limits to your life,” the governor said.
Christie was given a honorary doctorate, as was state senate president Steve Sweeney and state senator Donald Norcross, to mark their efforts to reform higher education — efforts that have enhanced Rowan’s role as a regional educational and research institution.