Three generations of the Romano family have graduated from Seton Hall University. This year, the Romano family had the pleasure of cheering for two Pirates as they walked across the stage to receive their diploma.
Nicholas Anthony Romano '18 and Jessica Romano '18 are fraternal twins and grew up a mere six miles from the University in nearby Millburn. Their proximity, coupled with their family legacy of attending Seton Hall made the decision to attend themselves easy. Both Romanos were accepted to the College of Communication and the Arts and majored in public relations. Throughout their four years of undergraduate studies, the twins shared Professor Kristen Koehler as an adviser and mentor. Professor Koehler, who the twins credit as being their most influential professor, taught the Romanos for their promotional writing course and has since remained in contact.
"It was such a pleasure having Jessica and Nick in our program. They truly made the most of their opportunities through high-level internships, PRSSA, the national Bateman Case Study Competition team, and assisting with student recruitment events," said Professor Koehler. "Their active participation and advocacy of the public relations program is greatly appreciated."
Since graduating, Jessica Romano is continuing her internship with the Essex County Board of Taxation in East Orange. Nicholas Romano is pursuing his love of athletics by actively pursuing public relations jobs for sports teams. The twins join their older sister, Christina Romano '14, their father and their grandfather in becoming Pirate alumni.
Nicholas Anthony Romano ’18, Professor Kristen Koehler, and Jessica Romano ’18.
"Being raised in a home that was only minutes away from Seton Hall and listening to the stories our father and grandfather would share with us about their college experiences had a great impact on my twin sister and me," said Nicholas Romano. "Jessica and I decided we wanted to continue the family tradition of going to Seton Hall to create stories of our own that we could one day tell our children."
Seventy-five years ago, Nicholas Francis Romano Sr. '43, the grandfather of the twins, graduated from Seton Hall. After majoring in education, Romano Sr. taught as a special education teacher in the city of Newark for over 40 years. Romano Sr. is often remembered by his family for speaking fondly about Seton Hall and how the University has grown over the years. Romano Sr. was particularly proud of his alma mater for becoming a University after he graduated.
Romano Sr. instilled in his son the same love for Seton Hall that he had. Nicholas Francis Romano Jr. '83 graduated 40 years later after majoring in marketing. Growing up with the stories his father told him about his college years, in addition to attending Seton Hall basketball games since the age of 9, Romano Jr. immediately fell in love with the school. Romano Jr. currently works as the Chief Clerk at the Essex County Clerk's Office, where he has been employed for the past 30 years.
The three generations of Pirates in the Romano family is a testament to the vast and fulfilling experiences the University offers to its students. "I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to pursue my education at the same school from which my family graduated," said Jessica Romano. "I will never forget my experiences from these last four years."