Rutgers Celebrates 250 years of commencement: Information and speakers announced

By: Sean Gonzalez      April 15,2016

Rutgers University has announced it’s schedule for its 250th annual Commencement ceremonies around all three campuses.  President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the New Brunswick ceremony on May 15th.


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From Wendell Pierce to Barack Obama, Rutgers University is celebrating its 250 years of  the celebration for it’s graduating students throughout all three campuses.

The 250th celebration will be mostly based around the University’s main campus: New Brunswick. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama will give the commencement speech, in what is one of his last three commmencement speeches as President of this country. Also the university will bestow an honorary doctor of laws degree upon Bill Moyers, distinguished journalist, and an honorary doctor of science degree upon pioneering researcher S. Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

WATCH: President Obama gives Commencement speech to Notre Dame Students

 The New Brunswick Ceremony will be held  Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on the Busch Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey.





Meanwhile, at the Newark Campus, actor, radio personality, author, and humanitarian Wendell Pierce will be giving the commencement speech to the students.





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The Rutgers University Newark Campus commencement is on Wednesday, May 18, at 9 a.m., Prudential Center.





The Camden Campus ceremonies will take over the course of two days. All ceremonies will take place at the BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center), One Harbor Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey on May 14th and May 15th.


Information for tickets and please call the Rutgers Commencement Office at 

                    732-445-4636 or email 



Finish Line is close: William Paterson Students rejoice

Sean Gonzalez

William Paterson University will host it’s graduation ceremonies on Friday May 20, 2016 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

With less than 40 days away, the undergraduate students are trying to finish strong during the semester. Most students are at the 120 credit requirement once this semester is over. With over 2,000 students graduating this may, the Prudential Center that can accommodate over 20,000 people for events, was chosen to be the venue for this year’s commencement.

Since December when the deadline to apply for graduation, this has been on the mind of various students. The long process of various tedious tasks show us that even when the students are so close to graduating, that there is no auto-pilot in college.

WATCH: 2014 Commencement Speech




the way i’ll set up the william paterson graduation is to get a team of people to get the job done. i would have photographers getting the students walking around the campus . I would do various interviews with the students and once with the valedicotrian and the dean.  I would do a video interview with the commencement speaker and what a college education means to them. I would send a microphone at the podium at the ceremony that would be recorded so we can use them for pieces.