An estimated 19,371 graduates received degrees, certificates and diplomas from Rutgers this year (13,381 from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; 3,978 from Rutgers University-Newark, and 2,012 from Rutgers University-Camden). They include approximately 12,598 baccalaureate degrees, 4,736 master’s degrees, 1,914 doctorates (including professional doctorates), 121 professional certificates and associate degrees, and two specialist in education diplomas. Since its founding in 1766, Rutgers has awarded 655,966 academic degrees (excluding the 2021-22 estimated total). 

 Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Sunday, May 15,
10 a.m, SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey

David Remnick, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has elevated The New Yorker’s prominence as editor since 1998, will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree when he addresses graduates at the 256th anniversary commencement of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) on May 15, 2022.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to former Rutgers president Robert Barchi (Doctor of Humane Letters), trailblazing NASA scientist Aprille Joy Ericsson (Doctor of Science), and scholar Alondra Nelson (Doctor of Science).

This is Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s and RBHS’s second commencement – and the first in person –  presided over by President Jonathan Holloway, whose tenure as Rutgers’ 21st president officially began on July 1, 2020.

Rutgers University-Newark, Monday, May 16, 2022, 10 a.m., Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

Rutgers University-Newark will present an honorary degree to award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa (Doctor of Letters), the keynote speaker of the Rutgers-Newark commencement ceremony. Hinojosa continues to expand her impact as founder, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA, the premier public radio news outlet addressing issues related to the Latinx community. An honorary degree from Rutgers-Newark will also be conferred upon Wayne Meyer, a community development leader who served as CEO of New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) for 12 years until his retirement last summer.

Rutgers University-Camden, Tuesday, May 17–Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Waterfront Music Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey

Rutgers University-Camden will hold graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2022 on May 17, 2022, and May 18, 2022. Rutgers-Camden will bestow honorary degrees on Judith Persichilli, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, and Nikole Hannah-Jones, architect and lead author of The New York Times’s landmark 1619 Project, a MacArthur fellow and Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Award winner.

General Information

Estimated numbers of graduates are from the Office of the University Registrar. 

About Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth-oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 69,000 students and 23,600 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.