An estimated 19,039 graduates received degrees, certificates and diplomas from Rutgers this year (13,786 from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; 3,429 from Rutgers University-Newark, and 1,824 from Rutgers University-Camden). They include approximately 12,099 baccalaureate degrees, 4,850 master’s degrees, 1,979 doctorates (including professional doctorates), 111 professional certificates. Since its founding in 1766, Rutgers has awarded 674,807 academic degrees (excluding the 2022-2023 estimated total).

Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m, SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey

Sheryl Lee Ralph, an Emmy Award-winning actress, Broadway star and alumna of Rutgers College, will be awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree when she addresses graduates at the 257th anniversary commencement of
 Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on May 14, 2023.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Mark Angelson, chair of the Institute of International Education, a member of the U.S. President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and former chair of the Board of Governors, and Katalin Karikó, award-winning neurosurgery professor and former senior vice president of BioNTech.

This is Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s and RBHS’s third commencement presided over by President Jonathan Holloway, Rutgers' 21st president.

Rutgers University-Newark, Tuesday, May 16, 9 a.m., Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

World-renowned jazz musician, composer and educator Terence Blanchard will deliver remarks at Rutgers University-Newark’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at the Prudential Center in Newark. Blanchard will also receive an honorary doctor of arts degree during the ceremony.

Rutgers University–Camden and Graduate School Commencement, Monday, May 15, 4 p.m., Freedom Mortgage Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey

Rutgers University-Camden will hold the Rutgers University–Camden and Graduate School Commencement on Monday, May 15, 2023, at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion. The Honorable Dana Redd, former Mayor of the City of Camden and a 1996 graduate of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony, where she will also receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.

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.