The former U.S. Poet Laureate has focused her career on examining the intersections and contentions between public and personal history, national memorialization and forgetting, and the fraught legacy of race in America. Trethewey's work has earned her a Pulitzer Prize and a spot on the New York Times best-sellers list.
Looking Back to Commencement 2021
Full University Commencement 2021
Additional Commencement Videos
Listed below are video segments of the University Commencement celebration. To view a video click on the link below or visit the Rutgers University Commencement YouTube channel.
- Road to Graduation
- 2021 Commencement Ceremony
- President Holloway's Remarks
- Honorary Degree Recipients
- Natasha Trethewey, Commencement Speaker
- Nicholas LaBelle, Class Address
- Alma Mater
- Conferring of Degrees
- Closing Celebrations
Thank you to those who contributed to the creation of the 2021 University Commencement celebration. View a list of those credited.
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients
These individuals have distinguished themselves by making major contributions to their professions and communities.
With decades of experience as a science writer, Garrett speaks with extensive knowledge of emerging diseases and epidemics and their impact on governments and societies. She is the only writer to have been awarded all “Three P’s” of journalism: The Peabody, Polk (twice), and Pulitzer.
Holt is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented New Jersey's 12th congressional district for eight terms. In Congress, Holt worked in a variety of areas including education, natural resources, civil rights and civil liberties, and science. Since leaving Congress, Holt has been active in attempting to restore evidence-based thinking to American culture and politics.
Wilson is an American comics writer, prose author, essayist, and journalist. A New Jersey native, Wilson is the co-creator of the Marvel character Kamala Khan, a teenager in Jersey City, New Jersey, who took on the mantle Ms. Marvel after the previous Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, became Captain Marvel.