School year marked by tragedy wraps up at Rutgers

May 13, 2011 - 12:44 PM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Commencement at Rutgers University marks the end of a school year punctuated by tragedy and tumult at New Jersey's flagship public university.

Freshman Tyler Clementi killed himself in September after authorities said his roommate used a webcam to spy on Clementi's encounter with another man.

The next month, football player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed while making a tackle against Army.

Officials pulled the plug on future RutgersFest events because three shootings followed this year's concert.

There was uproar after Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of the reality TV show "Jersey Shore" was paid $32,000 from student activity fees to speak.

Student body president Yousef Saleh says it seems every time one sad story calmed down, another ignited. Saleh says he believes a school that's been around since 1766 will endure.

Commencement is set for Sunday.