2019 Commencement Video

The Rutgers University 253rd Anniversary Commencement ceremony took place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at HighPoint.com Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. An estimated 13,473 graduates received degrees this year from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

2019 Commencement Address

Superbowl Champions and Rutgers alumni Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty told the Class of 2019 they will face roadblocks, speed bumps and every obstacle possible, but urged them to confront these challenges head-on and not let moments of self-doubt, fear and disappointment interfere with their drive to be great.

Full Ceremony

253rd Anniversary Commencement, May 19, 2019, at HighPoint.com Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Processional

Honorary Degree Recipients

Phil Murphy

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy received an honorary doctor of laws degree and gave a brief speech to Rutgers Class of 2019. Read his bio.

Paul Robeson

Susan Robeson received a replica doctor of humane letters degree given to her grandfather Paul Robeson in 1973. Read his bio.

Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty

The McCourty brothers each received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Read their bio.
Photo credit for introductory video: McCourty brothers testifying at the MA State House. Courtesy of Nicolaus Czarnecki/Boston Herald photo.

Conferring of Degrees

Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor Chris Molloy and RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom presented graduating students before President Robert Barchi who conferred their degrees. 

Thank You Shout-Out Videos

Student Commencement Shout-Out Video #1

Student Commencement Shout-Out Video #2

Student Commencement Shout-Out Video #3