Rutgers Commencement Facts 2020
An estimated 18,967 graduates received degrees from Rutgers this year (13,057 degrees and one artistic diploma from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, 4,090 from Rutgers University-Newark, and 1,819 from Rutgers University-Camden). They include approximately 12,304 baccalaureate degrees, 4,688 master’s degrees, 1,974 doctorates (including professional doctorates), and one artistic diploma. Since its founding in 1766, Rutgers has awarded 617,699 academic degrees (excluding the 2020 estimated total).
Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m. (Virtual University Commencement)
Lester Holt, award-winning journalist and "NBC Nightly News" anchor, delivered remarks at a virtual University Commencement.
Honorary degrees were awarded to Lester Holt (Doctor of Humane Letters), and Sandy J. Stewart (Doctor of Humane Letters), a highly respected biotech industry entrepreneur and scientist, former chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees and a current member of the Board of Governors and will be presented at a later date.
This is Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s eighth and final commencement presided over by President Robert Barchi, whose tenure as Rutgers’ 20th president officially began in September 2012. Watch Rutgers 254th Anniversary Commencement: https://commencement.rutgers.edu/rutgers-university-commencement
Rutgers University-Newark, Wednesday, May 20, 10 a.m. (Virtual Graduate Recognition Ceremony)
At an in-person ceremony at a later date, Rutgers University-Newark will present an honorary degree to Angela “Angie” Martinez (Doctor of Fine Arts), the keynote speaker at the Virtual Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Martinez is a renowned media personality, recording artist, author and philanthropist. Watch the Rutgers University-Newark Graduate Recognition Ceremony: https://vgrad.z19.web.core.windows.net/rutgers/x/index.html
Rutgers University-Camden, Thursday, May 28–Friday, May 29, 2020 (Virtual)
Judith Persichelli, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, delivered remarks virtually to Rutgers University-Camden Class of 2020 graduates. Persichelli, along with Nikole Hannah-Jones, architect and lead author of The New York Times’ landmark 1619 Project, and American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez, will receive honorary degrees during in-person events at later dates. Watch the Rutgers University-Camden ceremonies: https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/commencement
Estimated numbers of graduates are from the Office of the University Registrar.