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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 19, 2017

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ron Cephas Jones, veteran actor of stage, screen and television, will deliver the commencement address at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s 2017 ceremony on Thursday, May 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at Prudential Center in Newark. More than 1,500 students will receive their degrees.

Jones, a Paterson, N.J. native and a Ramapo alumnus from the Class of 1978, most recently starred in critically-acclaimed NBC-TV’s drama This Is Us as the character William Hill. His other recent television roles include the part of Romero in USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” which won the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama Series and the role of Dr. James Covington in the NBC series, “The Blacklist.” Additional television credits include: “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order, Lipstick Jungle,” “All My Children,” “Feds,” “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover.”

His film credits include He Got Game (1998), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Half Nelson (2006), and Across The Universe (2007).

On stage, he played the role of Crooks in the Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men” in 2014. Among his many notable theater credits are: “Noon Day Sun” the Beckett Theatre in Manhattan; “Richard III” at The Public Theatre; “Othello” at London’s Royal Theatre; “The Exonerated” at the Culture Project; and “Romeo and Juliet” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  In 2007, he won an Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence of Performance” for his role as Wolf in “Two Trains Running” as part of the Signature Theatre’s season of August Wilson.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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