May 12, 2016

Graduation and Commencement Regalia, and Diploma InformationCentenary Has Third Highest Graduation Rate in New Jersey

Hackettstown, N.J. – According to an article on, Centenary University was rated as having one of the highest four-year graduation rates in the State of N.J.  Centenary was ranked third, in fact, with Princeton University as the only private institution to out-rank the Hackettstown-based College.  This is good news for families who are trying to keep the cost of higher education more manageable.  In addition, it is an advantage to the graduating students who are able to enter the workforce into their chosen field in a timely manner.

“This is such an exciting accomplishment,” says Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, Centenary University President.  “The administration, faculty and staff have put many systems in place at Centenary to ensure that our students have the support they need in order to graduate in four years or even less in some cases.”

Some of the reasons why a Centenary student is equipped to complete their degree in four years include student adviser involvement and strong support from the College’s Admissions Department.  From the moment a Centenary student commits to enrolling at the institution, Admissions counsellors provide concise information on courses that need to be completed each year in order to earn their degree.  Advisers also provide students with clear direction regarding how to graduate within four years even when a student decides to change his or her major.  The success of Centenary’s graduates also continues well after Commencement day.  An astounding 92% of Centenarians have jobs or are attending graduate school within a year.

In addition, Centenary’s First-Year Experience Program is designed to teach our students time management skills.  Each first year student is assigned an upperclass peer who is called a First-Year Leader.  The First-Year Leader helps guide the student through the adjustment of college life and academic expectations.

“I loved my experience at Centenary University,” says Kaylee Donahue, a graduating senior who majored in Communication with a minor in Equine Studies.  “It was an academically enriching experience and I could not imagine pursuing my degree anywhere else.”

For more information about pursuing a degree at Centenary, call (800) 236-8679.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs and in the following locations: Parsippany, Edison and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad opportunities.


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