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Rutgers University Commencement

Spring Commencement Ceremonies Will Be Virtual

President Holloway announces that because of public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers will be holding its spring 2021 commencement ceremonies virtually.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Rutgers University is committed to giving each of our graduates a meaningful commencement experience as we honor your accomplishments. Graduates, family, friends, and fellow students from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are invited to join this year’s Rutgers University Commencement festivities on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2 p.m.  A link to watch Commencement will be placed on this page in the days preceding the event. 

In addition to University Commencement, graduate's are also invited to their school's convocation. Convocations are held on or in the days surrounding Rutgers University Commencement. During the schools convocation, each graduate is individually recognized along with their honors and awards, if they apply. Find more information on the Convocations page, including how to view the ceremony. Graduates and their guests are invited to attend both events.

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

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

Natasha Trethewey
Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctor of Letters

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.

Laurie Garrett
Honorary Doctor of Science

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. 

Rush Holt
Honorary Doctor of Laws

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. 

G. Willow WIlson
Honorary Doctor of Letters

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.

See What Happened in 2020

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Commencement 2020