Sheryl Lee Ralph has become a staple in the entertainment industry, with an acclaimed career spanning over three decades. From bringing characters to life on screen, performing on Broadway, producing, landing the title of national best-selling author with her literary debut to her deep-rooted philanthropic endeavors that touch lives across the world. Ralph is an award-winner of an Emmy, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit Awards.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Commencement
Congratulations Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Class of 2023
Additional Commencement Videos
Listed below are video segments of the 257th Anniversary Commencement celebration. To view a video click on the link below or visit the Rutgers Commencement YouTube channel.
257th Anniversary Commencement Day of Program Information
Information included in the 2023 digital Commencement program is now available.
Congratulations Class of 2023! Graduates' names from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are showcased on our website for families and friends from around the world to view.
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On a day that coincided with Mother's Day, graduate Kalani Foster (SEBS '23) and her mother Christie Foster pose with the Scarlet Knight outside SHI Stadium prior to the start of commencement.
Doctor of nursing practice graduate Ceretha Hall-Dyke joins husband Dino and daughter Korinne Hall-Johnson to capture a happy moment before the ceremony.
Decorating mortarboards with celebratory personal statements and imagery is part of the fun of commencement.
Bryan Diaz (SOE '23) rings the Red Lion Bell to signify his graduation, celebrating a tradition that dates back to 1771. The bell is a replica of the original bell gifted by Rutgers’ namesake, Colonel Henry Rutgers.
The academic procession is led by Kimberlee Pastva, Secretary of the University, as she carries the university mace.
The Class of 2023 enters the field at SHI Stadium as thousands of family members and friends gather to celebrate the graduates' accomplishments.
President Jonathan Holloway addresses the Class of 2023 at Rutgers’ 257th Anniversary Commencement.
President Holloway confers an honorary doctor of humane letters degree on Mark A. Angelson, chair of the Institute of International Education and vice chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors.
President Holloway confers an honorary doctor of science degree on Katalin Karikó, former senior vice president at BioNTech and neurosurgery professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
President Holloway confers an honorary doctor of fine arts degree on Emmy Award-winning actress and Rutgers alumna Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Emmy Award-winning actress and Rutgers alumna Sheryl Lee Ralph addresses the Class of 2023 at Rutgers’ 257th Anniversary Commencement.
Student body president Allison M. Smith delivers remarks at Rutgers’ 257th Anniversary Commencement.
Friends meet at commencement to enjoy the day.
A proud moment for a first-generation college graduate at commencement.
The Class of 2023 celebrates their significant academic achievement at Rutgers’ 257th Anniversary Commencement.
Sheryl Lee Ralph
2023 Commencement Speaker
A Rutgers alumna, Ralph graduated near the top of her class at age 19 and was the youngest female graduate at that time from Rutgers College. From bringing characters to life on screen, performing on Broadway, and producing, to landing the title of national best-selling author with her literary debut, Ralph has become a staple in the entertainment industry.
Ralph can currently be seen starring as Barbara on ABC’s smash hit comedy series Abbott Elementary. Ralph’s acclaimed career spanning over three decades has garnered her Emmy, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit Awards, and her deep-rooted philanthropic endeavors have touched lives across the world.
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients
These individuals have distinguished themselves by making major contributions to their professions and communities
Karikó is an adjunct professor of neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. For four decades, her research has been focusing on RNA-mediated mechanisms with the ultimate goal of developing in vitro-transcribed mRNA for protein therapy.
Mark A. Angelson is the chair of the Institute of International Education, the nonpartisan world leader in international education and scholar rescue, that administers the Fulbright Scholarships for the U.S. Department of State and hundreds of other programs from offices around the globe. Angelson has served as chair of Rutgers University’s Board of Governors and currently serves as board vice chair.
Ceremonies & Celebrations
257th Anniversary Commencement
The big celebration. President Holloway confers the degrees of graduates from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Graduates have their stage crossing moment and receive individual recognition at these ceremonies.
Celebrations and Commissioning
Events that celebrate and recognize the diverse identities of graduates.
Rutgers graduates who complete ROTC training are commissioned into their respective branch of the United States Military.
Additional Ceremonies in Newark and Camden
Please visit the websites of Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden for information on the Class of 2023 Commencements and Convocations.