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HERO Class of 2024

Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Health Commencement 

Closed captioning is available. The entire presentation will be available to view after 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 for on-demand viewing. 

If you are unable to view the live stream above, you will be able to watch on the Commencement YouTube page.

2024 Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Health Commencement

The Class of 2024 enters the field at SHI Stadium at the start of Rutgers 258th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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President Jonathan S. Holloway addresses the Class of 2024 at Rutgers 258th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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President emeritus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Freeman Hrabowski addresses the Class of 2024 at Rutgers 258th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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Jelani Cobb, dean of the Columbia Journalism School and award-winning author, documentary producer, and New Yorker writer who received his master’s degree and doctorate in American History from Rutgers, receives an honorary doctor of letters degree from Rutgers University at its 258th Commencement on May 12, 2024.

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William Best, chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors and senior vice president at PNC Bank, receives an honorary doctor of laws degree at Rutgers' 258th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Rutgers University Student Assembly Vice President Aarushi Fernandez delivers remarks at Rutgers’ 258th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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The Class of 2024 celebrates their significant academic achievement at Rutgers’ 258th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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Hana Patel (School of Arts and Sciences), Hiba Shahid (School of Arts and Sciences and Bloustein School), and Libah Farooqi (Rutgers Business School) celebrate in the assembly area at the 258th Anniversary Commencement ceremonies for Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Health class of 2024.

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2024 Order of Exercises

ACADEMIC PROCESSION

BOARD OF GOVERNORS’ WELCOME

NATIONAL ANTHEM

PRESIDENT’S GREETING

CONFERRING OF HONORARY DEGREES

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

“THE BELLS MUST RING”

CLASS OF 2024 ADDRESS

ALUMNI WELCOME

ALMA MATER

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES AND CONFERRING OF DEGREES

RECESSIONAL

 

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Show Your Scarlet Pride

Your graduation will be remembered as a significant and memorable point in your lives and we are so excited to celebrate your accomplishments! Show your scarlet pride and invite your family and friends to support one of your greatest achievements! Make sure to use our official hashtags #RU2024 #RUGrad #RUCommencement.

 

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Find the Perfect Commencement Gift for Your Grad!

Celebrate this remarkable achievement with a gift for yourself or the special grad in your life. Even proud parents can get in on the fun! Class T-Shirts for grads, flowers, Kukui Nut Lei's and more are available.

 

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Freeman A. Hrabowski
2024 Commencement Speaker

Esteemed educator and STEM advocate Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President Emeritus of UMBC, has been announced as the 258th Anniversary Commencement Speaker on May 12 at SHI Stadium!

Dr. Hrabowski served as president at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, from 1992-2022. He was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. TIME Magazine also named him one of the Most Influential People in the World.

Dr. Hrabowski will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.

 

Freeman Hrabowski

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

These individuals have distinguished themselves by making major contributions to their professions and communities

Freeman Hrabowski
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Letters

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, an American educator and mathematician, served as the President of UMBC and holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Hampton Institute, and earned his Master's and Ph.D. in higher education administration/statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he's a fervent advocate for STEM education and minority participation in STEM fields, notably founding the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC, and has received numerous awards for his contributions to education and civil rights advocacy.

Jelani Cobb
Honorary Doctor of Letters

Dr. Jelani Cobb, an distinguished scholar with a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University, currently serves as the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, while also contributing to The New Yorker, authoring notable books such as "The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress," and being recognized for his expertise in race, politics, and culture in America.

Admiral Rachel Levine, an esteemed public health official and physician, is renowned for her pioneering contributions to transgender health and addiction medicine. Her exceptional leadership shines through in her endeavors to address the opioid crisis and champion inclusive healthcare rights, drawing upon her expertise as both a physician and a dedicated advocate for public health.

William Best
Honorary Doctor of Laws

William E. Best, senior vice president at PNC Bank, spearheads efforts to drive growth and prosperity for low to moderate income segments across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Boston. During his tenure as chair of Rutgers University's Board of Trustees, Mr. Best led a Task Force on Student Aid, resulting in the creation of the Scarlet Promise Endowment, a lasting resource dedicated to providing need-based student aid.

Ceremonies & Celebrations

Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Health hold Commencement and school-based Convocation ceremonies once a year, in May. Most students who expect to receive degrees in October 2023, January 2024, May 2024, or August 2024 are eligible to participate in the May 2024 school convocation and Commencement events, but it varies by school. Contact your school directly if you have questions.