Cap & Skull Class of 2018
In 1918, Paul Robeson, the only African American in his class and the third in Rutgers history, gives the valedictorian address at commencement. Legend has it that Paul Robeson said his greatest Rutgers achievement was not his fifteen varsity letters, his selection as All-American football player, Phi Beta Kappa or class valedictorian. It came when he was tapped for Cap and Skull.
Founded 117 years ago, Cap and Skull now functions as a senior honors society for undergraduate students at Rutgers. Every year, 18 rising seniors- one half of one percent- are “tapped” by the outgoing classes based on their excellent achievement in academics, athletics. the arts, public service, and leadership both on and off campus.
Skulls are recognized by the community as intellectuals- earning a Nobel Prize as well as Goldwater, Gates Cambridge, Truman, Fulbright, Rhodes, and Luce Scholarships. They have pioneered gene splicing, represented New Jersey in Congress, captained an NFL team, dreamt up cross country fundraising bike rides, won The Apprentice, lauded for their work with NASA, had their work showcased at an international film festival, CEO-ed major companies, earned Olympic gold medals, worn the crown of Miss New Jersey, built the first personal computer, founded their own companies- among many other accomplishments.
Skulls are activists, artists, athletes, authors, darers, doers, dreamers, editors, educators, entrepreneurs, inventors, mentors, musicians, performers, philanthropists, politicians, researchers, scholars, scientists, writers- loyal Sons & Daughters of Rutgers University.
The history of Cap and Skull is tightly interwoven to that of the University’s. Our goal is to celebrate the accomplishments of our students as they work within their campus communities. In order to do so we need your help. Please consider making a donation in honor of the graduating Cap & Skull Class of 2018 and to ensure needed funds for Class of 2019 as they begin their senior year on campus.