250th Anniversary Commencement Photo Gallery

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    A graduate gathers with family members for a few quick pictures outside the stadium.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Crowds begin lining up to enter the High Point Solutions Stadium before the ceremony. 

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Rutgers University–Camden students arrive in New Brunswick to attend University Commencement. A chartered train brought graduates from Camden and Newark to New Brunswick for the ceremony.

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Graduates from Rutgers University–Newark arrive at the New Brunswick train station to catch a shuttle bus to the stadium.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    A sea of graduates covers the field at the stadium. Rutgers graduated more than 12,000 in the Class of 2016. 

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Graduates pose with the Scarlet Knight in front of the stadium.

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    "The First Game" statue on the Scarlet Walk is a popular place to take family snapshots.

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Students show off their decorated mortarboards.

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Leading the procession onto the field, Interim Secretary of the University Kimberlee Pastva carries the university mace, an ornamental staff that symbolizes the authority of the president.

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors Greg Brown gives the welcoming address.

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Rutgers University President Robert Barchi tells the 250th commencement class to take the anniversary milestone to heart. “Be revolutionary, challenge the status quo. Change your communities, change lives.”

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Astrophysicist and educator S. Jocelyn Bell Burnell receives an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Rutgers President Robert Barchi. In 1967, as a research student, Burnell helped discover the spinning, collapsed stars known as pulsars.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Awarding-winning journalist Bill Moyers receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Later in the day, he addressed graduates at the School of Arts and Sciences convocation.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Robert Barchi confers an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon President Barack Obama.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    In an address to fellow graduates, Matthew R. Panconi, president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, reminds them that after their time at Rutgers, they are ready to go out into the world. 

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Dignitaries and university leaders look on from the platform as President Barack Obama addresses graduates.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    President Obama encourages graduates to "have faith in democracy."

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    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    After President Obama's Commencement Address, the Rutgers Glee Club, one of the nation's oldest collegiate men's choruses, sings "The Old Queens Bell."

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Graduates roar and cheer after Rutgers President Robert Barchi officially confers their degrees.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    At the College Avenue Student Center, overflow crowds watch the live broadcast of the ceremony.

  • Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement
    Rutgers 250th Anniversary Commencement

    Happy students pose for pictures with friends after the ceremony. It was great day for Rutgers, one for our history books. Thanks to all who worked to make it special.

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Commencement 2016