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Congratulations to the class of 2024

Baccalaureate: Thursday, May 16th, 7pm

Zarephath Christian Church (ZCC)
2 Ministry Center Drive
Zarephath, NJ

Graduates, please arrive by 6pm for the rehearsal and to receive honor cords , if applicable. 

SPEAKER: Dr. David Schroeder, President of Pillar College 

Dr. Schroeder
Dr. Schroeder began as president of Pillar College in 2007. He is a graduate of Nyack College, Manhattanville College, New York Theological Seminary and New York University,

Prior to coming to Pillar College, he served as president of Reformed Episcopal Seminary and Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. During his twelve years at Nyack, the college and seminary grew from 700 to 3100 students, expanded to six extension sites and developed ten new graduate programs. But more importantly, thousands of students were trained to be “worshipping warriors.”

Ordained in 1974, Dr. Schroeder has pastored churches in New York, New Jersey, England, and New England. On the missional front, he has served overseas and at home with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Trans World Radio, and International Teams. He continues preaching and teaching ministries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Through MasterWorks, Inc., a ministry he began in 1990, David is a frequent speaker at retreats and seminars, using some of the twelve books he has written. David and Betzi have been married for over five decades and enjoy their three children and eight grandchildren.

Commencement: Friday, May 17th, 2pm

Zarephath Christian Church (ZCC)
2 Ministry Center Drive
Zarephath, NJ

Graduates, please arrive by 12:30pm to prepare for the ceremony, group photos, and lining up.

SPEAKER: Dr. Dale Caldwell, President of Centenary University 

Dr. Dale Caldwell

Dr. Dale G. Caldwell is the 15th President of Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey and the first African American in that role. He is also the Pastor of Covenant United Methodist Church in Plainfield, New Jersey, the author of eight books and for the last five years in a row has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Higher Education in New Jersey.  

Dr. Caldwell graduated from Princeton University, received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate from Seton Hall University. He also completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education New Presidents Program, the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and the Rutgers Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program.   

Dr. Caldwell has been the President of three public school boards and was named the 2015 Charter School Administrator of the Year and the 2009 New Jersey School Board Member of the Year. In 2006, he became the first African American President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern Section and served on the USTA Board of Directors. Dr. Caldwell curated the “Breaking the Barriers” touring exhibit with the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) in 2007 and founded the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2010, he received the ITHF Tennis Educational Merit Award and in 2021 was inducted into the USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame.  

Dr. Caldwell’s professional experience includes being the CEO of Strategic Influence LLC, a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting, the Executive Director of the Newark Alliance and the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.  

His Father, Rev. Dr. Gilbert H. Caldwell, Jr., knew and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Growing up around the Civil Rights Movement inspired Dale to have a passion for helping to transform the lives of people in economically challenged communities and households. This inspired him to establish the Dale Caldwell Foundation (DCF) in 2018 to reduce poverty through education, employment, and entrepreneurship. 

Ticket information:

Each graduate will receive 6 tickets for Commencement. 


Clearance is required by completing all steps before a candidate can pick up their cap, gown, and tickets, and participate in the ceremony:

Cap/Gown and Graduation Ticket Pick-ups:
Cleared graduates may pick up cap & gown packages as well as guest tickets on or after the following dates according to the student’s primary campus location:

  • Paterson: April 16, 4 to 7PM
  • Newark: April 17, 12 to 4PM, April 18, 3 to 7PM

Graduate Photography available for Classes of 2024:

Jason M Martin, photographer will be on site on the days listed above and is offering professional photo packages. 

Sitting Fee:

The sitting fee from now until April 1 is $50. Registrations after that is $75. There will be no cash option this year.

You must reserve your photo shoot in advance by clicking on the link below:


Pillar College Baccalaureate 2024