A Memorable Commencement Day
I enjoy many wonderful memories from Stevens Institute of Technology. I have fond memories of group projects with classmates, challenging exams followed by gatherings in downtown Hoboken with people that also took those tests, memories of studying with people working on their graduate degrees during nights and weekends and walks to Castle Point to take in the powerful view of downtown Manhattan. Tonight, I share memories from my graduation day in May of 1992. The Governor of New Jersey at the time, James Florio was the Commencement Speaker. On that day, my wife and I had two of our four children. Our third child was born in August of 1993. We walked through the Castle Gatehouse at Stevens on our way to Castle Point to enjoy a picnic lunch together before the graduation ceremony. My wife made homemade fried chicken for our picnic, knowing that it is one of my favorite dishes. Our son was 14 months old and our daughter was just under 3 years old. I was so proud to have them there for my graduation. I spent so much time away from them working on my Master of Science degree. That day the sun shined brightly, the view of the twin towers across the Hudson River was empowering, and the commencement speech was inspiring. I am grateful that I live close to Stevens to visit and enjoy those spectacular views and recount my days there.
- Vincent Bruno '92