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Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Sunday, May 19, 10 A.M. Rutgers University–Newark, Wednesday, May 22, 9 A.M. Rutgers University–Camden, Wednesday-Thursday, May 22-23 (Times vary)

Students at 2018 Commencement
An estimated 18,825 graduates will receive degrees from Rutgers this year at its three locations.
Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

An estimated 18,825 graduates will receive degrees from Rutgers this year. They include approximately 12,187 baccalaureate degrees, 4,926 master’s degrees, 1,711 doctorates (including professional doctorates) and one specialist of education degree. Since its founding in 1766, Rutgers has awarded 598,874 academic degrees (excluding the 2019 estimated total). 

Locations: HighPoint.com Stadium, Piscataway; Prudential Center, Newark; BB&T Pavilion, Camden 

Remarks, New Brunswick: Devin and Jason McCourty, Super Bowl champions, philanthropists and Rutgers alumni (Devin McCourty, Class of 2010; Jason McCourty, Class of 2009), and Suzanne Link (student speaker), president, Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA); human resource management and labor studies and employment relations double major. Hometown: Paramus, N.J. 

Honorary Degrees:

Rutgers University-New Brunswick will present honorary degrees to Devin and Jason McCourty (Doctor of Humane Letters), the keynote speakers at commencement, and to Governor Philip Murphy (Doctor of Laws), New Jersey’s governor and former U.S. ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama.  

Rutgers University-Newark will present an honorary degree to Dorothy Roberts (Doctor of Laws), the keynote speaker at commencement. Roberts is an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law. 

Rutgers University-Camden will present honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier and Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal, the keynote speaker at the law school commencement.

General Information:

This is Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s ninth commencement at HighPoint.com Stadium, and it is the seventh presided over by President Robert Barchi, whose tenure as Rutgers’ 20th president officially began in September 2012.  

Students from Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences participate in the Rutgers-New Brunswick commencement, although some individual schools hold convocations in Newark. 

The School of Arts and Sciences will hold its convocation in HighPoint.com Stadium at 12:30 p.m. following the Rutgers-New Brunswick commencement. Academic departments should be contacted for information about individual receptions. The remaining schools and colleges will hold convocations or receptions. The schedule follows. 

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

RUTGERS BUSINESS SCHOOL-NEWARK AND NEW BRUNSWICK 

Thursday, May 16, 10:30 a.m. 

Location: New Brunswick undergraduate student convocation – Louis Brown Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway 

Speaker: Jens Molbak, founder of WinWin 

 
Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m.  

Location: Newark undergraduate student convocation – Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark (part of Rutgers-Newark's larger commencement ceremony). 

Speaker: Dorothy Roberts, scholar of race, gender and the law 

Friday, May 24, 4 p.m.  
Location: Graduate student convocation – New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark  

Speaker: William J. Federici, retired senior vice president and chief financial officer for 
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. 
1,767 (1,026 New Brunswick and 741 Newark) undergraduate degrees; 1,018 graduate degrees  

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF APPLIED AND PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.  

Location: Nicholas Music Center, 85 George St., New Brunswick 

Speaker: Anne Gregory, associate professor, of the School Psychology Program.

65 graduate degrees  

MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Thursday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. 

Location: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick 

Speaker: Jack Grossbart, independent producer 

164 undergraduate degrees, 77 graduate degrees  

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION

Thursday, May 16, 3 p.m. 

Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway 
939 joint undergraduate degrees, 229 graduate degrees 

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. 

Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway  

1,482 graduates  

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Friday, May 17, 4 p.m. 

Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway 

Speaker: Thomas A. Kennedy, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of the Raytheon Company

904 graduates 

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Friday, May 17, 5 p.m. 

Location: Nicholas Music Center, 85 George St., New Brunswick 

Speaker: Mark Wade, M.D., director of the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness 

164 graduate degrees  

EDWARD J. BLOUSTEIN SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND PUBLIC POLICY

Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. 

Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway 

Speaker: Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

156 undergraduate degrees, 142 graduate degrees (273 undergraduate joint degrees are counted in other schools’ totals) 

DOUGLASS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. 

Location: Antilles Field, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick 

Rain: College Avenue Gymnasium, 130 College Ave., New Brunswick 

Speaker: Sheila Y. Oliver, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor 

Recognizing 674 graduating seniors enrolled in Douglass Residential College  

SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AND LABOR RELATIONS

Saturday, May 18, 1:30 p.m. 

Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway 

Speaker: Patricia A. (Patti) Lee, SMLR ’95, executive vice president of global learning and development and chief social responsibility officer of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts  

130 undergraduate degrees, 140 graduate degrees (449 undergraduate joint degrees are counted in other schools’ totals)  

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEW BRUNSWICK COMMENCEMENT

Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. 

Location: HighPoint.com Stadium, Piscataway 

Speakers: Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty, Rutgers alumni and Super Bowl LIII champions and Suzanne Link, president, Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA). 

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES 

Sunday, May 19, 12:30 p.m.  

Location: HighPoint.com Stadium, Piscataway 

For information about individual academic department celebrations, contact the departments directly.  

5,206 graduates 

ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONY – NAVY 

Monday, May 20, 10 a.m. 

Location: College Avenue Student Center multipurpose room, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick  

Speaker: Ambassador Ryan Crocker, former career ambassador for the U.S. Foreign Service, serving as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon between 1990-2012.  
Five Navy ensigns to be commissioned and one second lieutenant (Marine Corps) to be commissioned  

SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Monday, May 20, 10 a.m. 

Location: Lawn near College Pond (“Passion Puddle”), New Brunswick 

Rain: Louis Brown Athletics Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway 

680 graduates 

NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SCHOOL

Monday, May 20, 10 a.m. 

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark 

Speaker: Torian Easterling, M.D., NJMS ’07 
160 medical degrees 

NEWARK GRADUATE SCHOOL HOODING

Monday, May 20, 3 p.m. 

Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Essex Room, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark 

Speaker: Shiva Singh, Ph.D., chief of the Undergraduate and Predoctoral Training Branch 

in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health 

168 graduates  

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Monday, May 20, 3 p.m. 

Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway 

Speaker: Sheila Y. Oliver, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor  

721 graduate degrees 

RUTGERS SCHOOL OF DENTAL MEDICINE

Monday, May 20, 4 p.m. 

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark

155 Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees 

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Monday, May 20, 4:30 p.m.  

Location: College Avenue Gymnasium, 130 College Ave., New Brunswick 

381 graduates  

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON MEDICAL SCHOOL

Monday, May 20, 7 p.m. 

Location: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick 

Speaker:  Keith P. Lewis, R.Ph., M.D., chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School   
189 medical degrees 

ERNEST MARIO SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. 

Location: College Avenue Gymnasium, 130 College Ave., New Brunswick 

Speaker: Patricia Devitt Risse, Pharm.D., PHARM’85,’93, president of Precision for Medicine, Oncology and Rare Disease   

202 Pharm.D. degrees 

ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONY – ARMY

Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. 

Location: College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick 

Speaker: General Mark A. Milley, 39th Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army  

18 second lieutenants to be commissioned 

SCHOOL OF NURSING-CAMDEN

Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m.  

Location: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden 

Speaker: Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association  

254 undergraduate degrees, 6 graduate degrees  

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEWARK COMMENCEMENT

Wednesday, May 22, 9 a.m. 

Location: Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark 

Participants:

School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (765 graduates) 

University College-Newark (80 graduates) 

Graduate School-Newark (168 graduates) 

School of Public Affairs and Administration (106 undergraduate degrees and 149 graduate degrees) 

School of Criminal Justice (245 undergraduate and 16 graduate degrees) 

Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick 1,767 (1,026 New Brunswick and 741 Newark) undergraduate degrees and 1,018 graduate degrees

Speaker: Dorothy Roberts, global scholar, law professor and social justice activist. Honorary Doctor of Laws degree recipient.  

ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONY – AIR FORCE

Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. 

Location: Rutgers Academic Building, Room 2125, 15 Seminary Pl., New Brunswick 

Speaker: (Ret) Major General Robert Kenny, USAF (Rutgers, 1978; AFROTC Detachment 485).   
Six second lieutenants to be commissioned 

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL-CAMDEN

Wednesday, May 22, 2 p.m. 

Location: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden 

Speaker: Wendy Osefo, (Rutgers-Camden MS, 2012; Ph.D., 2016) assistant professor of education at Johns Hopkins University and a national political commentator.  

201 graduates 

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Wednesday, May 22, 5 p.m. 

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark 

Speaker: Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., FAAFP vice chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. 

188 undergraduate degrees, 314 graduate degrees 

CAMDEN COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m. 

Location: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden 

Speaker: Patrick Harker, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia   

Camden College of Arts and Sciences (639 graduates)  

University College-Camden (131 graduates) 

RUTGERS LAW SCHOOL AT CAMDEN

Thursday, May 23, 9:30 a.m.  

Location: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden  

Speaker: Neal Katyal, partner at Hogan Lovells and former Acting Solicitor General of the United States 

94 graduates  

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Thursday, May 23, 10 a.m. 

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark 

Speaker: Catherine Alicia Georges, Ed.D., RN, professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College at the City University of New York and member of the AARP board of directors 

370 undergraduate degrees, 228 graduate degrees  

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS-CAMDEN

Thursday, May 23, 2 p.m. 

Location: BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden 

Speaker: Frank Giordano, president and CEO of the Philly POPS and executive director of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission 

402 undergraduate degrees, 111 graduate degrees  

RUTGERS LAW SCHOOL IN NEWARK

Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. 

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark 
Speaker: Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.  

226 graduates 

Learn more about commencement at http://commencement.rutgers.edu