2017 Rutgers University Commencement Videos

The Rutgers University 251st Anniversary Commencement ceremony took place on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. An estimated 17,729 graduates received degrees this year, the largest class ever. They include approximately 11,423 baccalaureate degrees, 4,555 master’s degrees, and 1,750 doctorates. Steven Van Zandt, musician, actor, and human rights activist, gave the Commencement Address before an audience of 45,000, and received an honorary doctorate of fine arts. Harvey J. Makadon, a physician, educator, and advocate for patients living with HIV, and members of the LGBTQ community, received an honorary doctorate of science.

Relive the day with these videos:

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Full Commencement Ceremony



Honorary Degree Recipients


Steven Van Zandt


Harvey J. Makadon


2017 Commencement Address

Given By Steven Van Zandt


Conferring of Degrees

Thank You Shout-Out Videos


Student Commencement Shout-Outs Video #1


Student Commencement Shout-Out Video #2


Student Commencement Shout-Out Video #3