Rutgers University’s Commencements for the three campuses will be held on Sunday, May 14 to Thursday, May 18, according to the respective campus. This year’s keynote speakers for the graduating class of 2017 from the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses are Steven Van Zandt, Eboo Patel and Carla D. Hayden, respectively.
A schedule of the three commencements are as follows:
- Rutgers New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences commencement will be on Sunday, May 14, at 10 a.m. The location will be at High Point Solutions Stadium on Busch Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey.
- Rutgers-Newark commencement will be on Wednesday, May 17, at 9 a.m. The location will be at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- Rutgers-Camden commencement will be on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively. The location for both will be at the BB&T Pavillion in Camden, New Jersey.
Rutgers University – New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is proud to welcome Steven Van Zandt as the keynote speaker. Van Zandt will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree. The university is also honored to welcome an honorary doctor of science degree, Harvey J. Makadon.
The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and gates will open at 8 a.m. The live stream of the ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 14. There no tickets required to attend.
Rutgers- Newark is welcoming keynote speakers Eboo Patel and Arthur James Hicks. Patel will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, while Hicks will be given an Honorary Doctor of Science. Patel also will deliver the main commencement address.
The joint commencement ceremony on May 17 is for about 2,300 graduates at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17.
Rutgers-Camden is proud to announce Carla D. Hayden as the keynote speaker. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was
nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.
Attendees will enjoy a passionate speech from Hayden on Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. for the graduating class of the college of Arts and Sciences.
(2016 Rutgers Commencement Speech by President Obama)