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Ramapo College Celebrates 49th Birthday with Founders’ Day Event

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 9, 2018

Cutting the Founders' Day cake are, from left, Stephan Lally, President of SGA; Ramapo President Peter P. Mercer; Susan A. Vallario, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; William F. Dator, Chair, Board of Trustees; and Karen Aguirre, Student Trustee.

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey celebrated its 49th birthday during a celebration of Founders’ Day on Wednesday, November 7 at the historic Havemeyer Arch and in the campus Grove. The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Office of the President.

President Peter P. Mercer addressed the crowd of students, faculty, staff and guests, highlighting the progress Ramapo has made over the past 49 years and added that the College will “rise to the top of its buoyancy next year at the 50th anniversary.” He then led the crowd in a rousing singing of “Happy Birthday,” and also acknowledged and thanked the founding faculty members, some of whom are still with the College.

Also in attendance were Board of Trustees Chair William F. Dator, who has been actively involved with the College since its founding, and Susan A. Vallario, Board Vice Chair.

All in attendance enjoyed a delightful lunch buffet and refreshments and festivities including a photo station, music and a caricaturist.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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