Rider University grad wins new car at commencement

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With one turn of the key, a musical theater major stepped into a new ride. (WPVI)

Friday was a very big day for Rider University's Class of 2016. 800 students walked across the stage at Rider University to pick up their diplomas, but only one drove away in a brand-new car.

The college radio station, 107.7 The Bronc, held a contest asking graduates to make a short video about their positive experiences at Rider.

The 10 finalists were each given a car key. One by one they tried to start a 2016 Scion iM and were disappointed. That is until 22-year-old Rosie Webber got in and the engine turned over.

Webber tells us, "It's been an amazing day and I haven't even fathomed it yet. It's all just too good to be true."

Rosie wrote, played and sang an original song called "My Promise Fulfilled", a variation of Rider's school motto.

John Mozes, 107.7 The Bronc's General Manager, explains, "I think what Rosie's video did was incorporate the rider experience and what it's like to be a student here."

Rosie gets a free two-year lease on the car courtesy of Team Toyota of Princeton. The dealership's owner, his wife and four children have attended school at Rider.

Paul Muller of Team Toyota of Princeton says, "We've partnered with Rider for many things over the years, for sports and school related, and it just seems like a wonderful project."

Rosie plans to return to her home in Alabama to work as a waitress and save money so she can move to New York City.

"I want to be on Broadway - I want to be a performer," she said.

Well, if she arrives in her new Rider red Scion, they'll see her coming.
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