Commencement 2017

Rutgers University–Camden commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, 2017.

All graduation ceremonies will be held at the BB&T Pavilion, One Harbor Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. 

Graduation Celebration

Tuesday, May 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Emerge Plaza (between the Paul Robeson Library and the admissions building)

Celebrate your accomplishments during this campus tradition exclusively for the class of 2017! Be sure to register for your exclusive gift. More information.

The Graduate School

Wednesday, May 17 at 2 p.m.

All master’s and doctoral degree candidates.

Keynote Speaker
Sherman Leis, D.O., CCAS’63, Professor and Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Information for graduating students in the Graduate School.

College of Arts and Sciences
University College

Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.

All bachelor’s degree candidates.

Honorary Degree Recipient and Keynote Speaker
Carla D. Hayden, Ph.D., Librarian of Congress

Information for graduating students in the College of Arts and Sciences and University College.

Please note that each guest must have a ticket to attend this ceremony. Only graduating students can pick up tickets. See ticketing information.

School of Business

Thursday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m.

All bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates.

Keynote Speaker
Steven G. Selfridge SBC’79, President of Government Services, Day & Zimmermann Company

Information for graduating students in the School of Business.

Rutgers Law School at Camden

Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m.

All juris doctor candidates.

Keynote Speaker
James J. Sandman, Esq., President, Legal Services Corporation

School of Nursing

Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m.

All bachelor’s and doctoral degree candidates.

Keynote Speaker
Marcel Pop, Ph.D., Director of International Relations, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Information for graduating students in the School of Nursing.

Additional Information

If you have questions about Commencement 2017, send an email to


Pre-ordered gowns will be available for pick up in the University District Bookstore beginning Monday, March 20 and up to commencement. 

Students who did not pre-order can purchase academic regalia at the bookstore up to commencement.

Academic Regalia Pricing

  • Bachelor’s (cap, gown, and hood): $100
  • Master’s (cap, gown, and hood): $107.50
  • Doctoral (cap, gown, and hood): $133
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (cap, gown, and hood): $133
  • Law (cap, gown, and hood): contact Dean Baker
  • Cords: $25
  • Stoles: $25
  • Tassels: $12

Commencement Photos

GradImages is the official photographer for commencement ceremonies. Online proofs will be available as soon as 48 hours after your school's ceremony. Graduates who pre-register will receive 20 percent off orders over $50. Proofs will be emailed and sent to your address. There's no obligation to buy.

Pre-register for commencement photo proofs

Questions about photos after the ceremony? Contact GradImages at 800-261-2576 or