College at Florham Pinnacle Award to Garrett Gilbert
Madison, NJ (May 21, 2007)- Fairleigh Dickinson University graduating senior Garrett Gilbert, a resident of Tinton Falls, NJ, was honored with the 2007 College at Florham Student Pinnacle Award, the highest honor that the University can bestow upon a student, during Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Commencement ceremony at Continental Airlines Arena on May 15, 2007.
The award is given to one graduating student from each campus that has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University. Gilbert received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the event.
In presenting the award to Gilbert, Provost Kenneth Greene said, “As Provost of the College at Florham, it gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s recipient of the College at Florham Student Pinnacle, Garrett E. Gilbert. In recognition of his many accomplishments and in admiration of his remarkable talents, Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud to confer upon Garret Gilbert the Student Pinnacle Award.”
Gilbert, one of only two student voices at the ceremony, represented the graduates of FDU’s College at Florham Campus as he delivered a speech to an audience of more than 10,000 graduates, faculty, friends and family.
“I was raised with the knowledge that ‘if you fail to prepare then you prepare to fail’ but Fairleigh Dickinson has taught me that you need much more than preparation to succeed,” Gilbert said.
Preparation is something that is inherent in Gilbert’s work ethic. In addition to completing his major in political science, he completed all requirements for three minors, which included in business, pre-law and legal studies. In addition to his coursework, Garrett held leadership positions in a number of campus organizations. He was president of the Student Government Association (SGA), president of the Resident Student Association, chief of staff of SGA and an editor for The Metro college newspaper. He was also involved in the Finance Club, Green Club, Judicial Board and Florham Programming Committee.
Garrett’s ambition and dedication brought him success in his activities. He was named a Collegiate All-American Scholar, Charter Day Scholar, and was named to the Who’s Who Among College Students. In addition, athletics have played a major role in shaping who he is, having served as the captain of the MAC champion FDU Golf Team his senior year. Off the golf course, he announced every home game for every major sport during his four years on campus, in addition to working as a statistician and sports writer.
Gilbert plans to continue at Fairleigh Dickinson to earn his MBA in business finance.