GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The more than 250 students who earned their master’s and doctorate degrees were encouraged to “#BeExtra” during the Stockton University graduate commencement.

Although the trendy term has largely been negatively associated with being over the top or melodramatic, Stockton President Harvey Kesselman decided to turn it into a positive phrase for Tuesday’s graduates.

“For all of you here today, the ladder of your successes has no upper rung,” Kesselman said. “So if I could impress just one idea upon you today, it would be this: remember to be more than just your position. Be more than just your title. Be the one who makes an impact. In other words ‘Be Extra. ’”

As the speech ended, #BeExtra and #StocktonU flashed on the large video screen in the Sports Center of the main campus, where more than 1,000 guests attended the ceremony.

This year’s ceremony honored 257 graduates, including 31 candidates who earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and 226 who received master’s degrees in 12 disciplines. During the ceremony, Kesselman also recognized six members of the class who are active duty or military veterans.