2017 Baccalaureate and Graduation Ceremony
Thursday, May 18th – 7:00pm
Followed by reception
Robert Treat Hotel- 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
Saturday, May 20th – 10:00am
Robert Treat Hotel – 50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Reverend Randall M. Lassiter
Rev. Dr. Randall M. Lassiter is the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church Paterson, New Jersey. He is a humble servant, yet powerful spiritual, business, and community leader in the City of Paterson. His reputation for effectively communicating and motivating people of all ages is known and admired throughout Northern New Jersey.
Reverend Lassiter was formerly an Executive Assistant to the President of Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey. He also serves as Spiritual Advisor for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department. Formerly he served as the City Councilman in the Township of Prospect Park, and Vice President of the Paterson Pastor’s Workshop. He is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Delta Mu Lambda Chapter, and is a mentor to numerous high school and college students throughout the State of New Jersey. His higher educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from East Stroudsburg University, and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received his Doctorate in Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Ohio in December 2015. He is the Founder of the B-Men Mentoring Program, one of the first male support programs for elementary school-aged boys in the Northern New Jersey area. Reverend Lassiter also served as the former college basketball coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology and William Paterson University. He is the recipient of the 2005 Ambassador of Peace Award, the 2006 Rev. Dr. Frank Napier Legacy Award, and the 2006 Spiritual Leader Award.
Reverend Lassiter is the author of You Are Not Your Circumstances, a self-help book that encourages readers to never let the cares of this world cripple them or keep them from achieving their dreams and desires. He is now penning the completion of his second book entitled, If the Dream Is Big Enough, The Facts Don’t Matter, which will provide strategies for working with youth to help them develop better spiritual and cultural values. He is also co-authoring with his wife Reverend Krystal Faye Lassiter, a self-help book for keeping covenant in marriage. The book is entitled, Divorce Is Not An Option.
As a noted speaker, Reverend Lassiter has addressed thousands of people on numerous platforms including colleges, churches, and community groups. He has been featured on local radio and cable programs where his strategies and techniques in working with young people have been well received, sought after, and commented on by several publications including The Record, The Herald News, The Star Ledger and USA Today.
He is founder of the former Future Scholars Learning Center (Paterson, New Jersey), and founder and former Pastor of Greater Faith Church of The Abundance, (Paterson, New Jersey from 2000-2012). In spite of the many roles, capacities and opportunities, his mission and mandate remains the same – to Reach Out to a Whole City.
Reverend Lassiter is an appointed and anointed preacher and teacher of the gospel of kingdom of God. His love for God and passion for souls to be converted and transformed into disciples, and disciples into ambassadors of God, is evident in every endeavor and accomplishment of his life. As he serves humanity he daily purposes in his heart to walk in the freshness of God, daily denying himself and coming after Christ. He maneuvers in a fresh love, thinks with a fresh new mind, and speaks the Word of God with a fresh anointing. His best act of servitude is to his best friend and wife Krystal, and sons, Nigel and Joell. But most importantly, he loves the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Reverend Lassiter resides with his family in the great City of Righteousness, Paterson, New Jersey.
CAR PARKING INFORMATION
NOTE: Parking validation/discounts will not be available on this date.
- WELCOME PARKING
1160 Raymond Blvd -(opposite PSE&G)
- LAZ PARKING
One Newark Center Garage – 42 Mulberry Street
DRIVING DIRECTION to Robert Tree Hotel from major highways
From the New Jersey Turnpike take Exit 15W (Newark/The Oranges). After the toll booth, follow Route 280 West to Exit 15 (Route 21 – Downtown/Arts). Follow Signs to Route 21 South (McCarter Highway) and make right onto Route 21. Follow Route 21 to Center Street and make a right, hotel is on the left side.
From Garden State Parkway North take Exit 142 (Route 78). Take Route 78 East until it splits near Newark Airport. Stay right and follow Routes 1&9 North to Route 21 North (McCarter Highway). You will travel across the viaduct into downtown Newark. After crossing the viaduct, stay in the left-turn lane. At the first light, make a left onto Miller Street. Make a right onto Broad Street. Take Broad Street 18 blocks to Park Place (Military Park). Bear right at Park Place, hotel is on the right side.
From Garden State Parkway South take Exit 145. Follow signs for Route 280 East. Follow Route 280 East to Exit 15 (Route 21 South – Downtown). At bottom of ramp (traffic light), make a right onto Route 21 South (McCarter Highway). Follow Route 21 to Center Street and make a right. Hotel is on left side.