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Class of 2015: College of Arts and Sciences (50), University College (64)

Commencement Date: Thursday May 19, 2016

The College of Arts and Sciences and University College commencement ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the Susquehanna Bank Center.

For the schedule of all events taking place on commencement day, visit

This year’s commencement speaker is Walt Macdonald, president and CEP of Educational Testing Service. For more information on Mr. MacDonald, visit


Quick links:

Calendar for Senior Events

January 2

First day to apply for a May 2016 degree


Graduation Fair


Graduation Fair

April 1

Last day to apply for a May 2016 degree


Graduation Fair


Honors Convocation

May 19


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Eligibility for Graduation

SENIOR REVIEW College of Arts and Sciences/University College – In August seniors were sent information on reviewing their General and Major Requirements through Degree Navigator. All seniors must meet with their faculty advisors in September or October to ensure that their major requirements are satisfied and plan their final semesters.

Honors College – All Honors College Seniors must meet with Assistant Dean Laura Collins to certify that they have satisfied their Honors College & General Education requirements. Students must submit a completed Senior Review Checklist (available on their website under resources Senior Review Checklist in order to graduate with Honors College Designation.

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Applying for Graduation

To be considered for graduation, CCAS/UC seniors must submit online diploma application through the Registrar’s Office.  Check your class year, major(s), and minor(s) for accuracy. If they need to be changed contact the Registrar’s Office. The Office of Academic Advising deans (366-68 Friends St.) oversee the final certification process. With your major department they will review your general and major requirements, in most cases using Degree Navigator. The Office of Academic Advising will notify you by email of your application status.

Application periods are:

September 1 – December 19 for a January dated degree
January 2 – April 1 for a May/June dated degree
June 9 – August 15 for an October dated degree

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Final Graduation Certification

The Board of Governors of the university confers degrees in May, upon the recommendation of the Camden faculty. To graduate, you must meet the following degree conditions:

  1. Earn a minimum of 30 of the final 42 credits as a regularly enrolled undergraduate at Rutgers Camden including 12 credits in the major.
  2. Complete at least 120 credits with a cumulative average of 2.0 or better.
  3. Fulfill all general requirements of the college.
  4. Fulfill the specific requirements of a major program.
  5. Discharge all academic, disciplinary, and financial obligations to the university

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October 2015 and January 2016 Graduates

All graduates are encouraged to attend Commencement in May. All diplomas (October, January, and May) will be mailed to the address on the diploma application. Please make sure it is accurate.


Minors must be indicated on the online diploma application.  Contact the Registrar’s Office to have minors noted correctly on your academic record.  Your minor department will approve the minor.

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What happens if degree requirements are not met?

Individuals who have not met their requirements for graduation will be notified. If a problem is discovered during the final certification process, notification will be made by certified mail or email. Students who are ineligible to graduate based on their grades will be notified by phone or email.

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Graduation with Honors

Students may graduate with honors if they complete at least 45 credits at Rutgers University as a matriculated student and earn cumulative grade point averages of:
Cum Laude– 3.50 to 3.74, Magna Cum Laude – 3.75 to 3.89, Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 to 4.0.Honors classifications are determined at the end of the student’s last semester. These averages are precise; rounding up is not done. Honors graduates may purchase red cords from the Bookstore to wear at Commencement. Honors designations are noted on the diploma, the transcript and the Commencement Program.

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Honors Convocation

Outstanding students will be recognized for departmental and college-wide honors as well as certain scholarships. Students being honored will be notified in March. The convocation date is to be determined. If you are being inducted you will receive registration information.

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Honor Societies

Selection of qualified students for all honors societies is made based on their standing in January of the relevant academic year. 

Athenaeum – College and Arts and Sciences
The members of Athenaeum are elected from among the best scholars in the upper classes. Membership is limited to seniors who have earned at least 60 credits at the college with a cumulative grade-point average of no less than 3.5 and juniors who have earned at least 75 credits at the college with a cumulative grade-point average of no less than 3.7. Eligibility will be determined in January 2016.

Alpha Sigma Lambda – University College
Open by invitation to students who have earned 75 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at Rutgers-Camden. Students must have a 3.5 or better cumulative grade-point average. There is a fee to join this national honor society. Eligibility will be determined in January 2016.

Phi Beta Kappa – College of Arts and Sciences and University College
To be considered for Phi Beta Kappa, students must have: 
• a liberal arts major
• grade-point averages of 3.5 for seniors and 3.8 for juniors
• 1 year of foreign language study at or above the Intermediate level 
• 60 credits at Rutgers

Eligibility will be determined in January 2016.

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Final Portrait Session:


TO SCHEDULE: Log onto, school code 34 or call 1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (1-800-687-9327)
LOCATION: Campus Center Raptor Roost

Men: Suit/Business Attire               Cap & Gown & Tassel: Black
Women: Blouse/Business Attire      Hood: Gold/White

Sitting Fee

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Graduation Attire/Regalia

The University District Bookstore will sponsor a Graduation Fair in March. Dates are TBD. The 2016 fee for graduation attire is: Bachelor Bundle – $TBD. This includes cap, gown, hood and tassel; the BA hood is white and the BS is gold. This is not rental attire – it is yours to keep. Red Honor’s Cords – $TBD and gold Honors College sashes/stoles – $TBD may be purchased the week of Commencement.

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Financial Aid

Students who received a Federal Loan while at Rutgers, are required to complete an Exit Interview. This can be completed on-line at Failure to complete this requirement will result in a financial hold placed on the transcript. To obtain a complete listing of all Federal loans received at Rutgers and any other school, visit

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Welcome to the Rutgers University Alumni Association!

The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) serves all alumni of Rutgers University. The purpose of the association is to advance the best interests and well-being of Rutgers University by engaging all alumni in the life of the institution through communication, programming, services, and volunteer opportunities. Membership in the RUAA is free and automatically granted to all graduates of Rutgers University, or any of its predecessor schools, upon graduation.

For more information, visit us at

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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

At Rutgers-Camden, our graduate students work with nationally and internationally recognized faculty in a small-campus environment where close attention to your educational aspirations is a priority. All of our graduate programs provide a flexible evening class schedule for working professionals, which will allow you to complete your education while still maintaining balance in your life. The Graduate School offers 13 degree-granting master’s programs in professional and liberal arts disciplines and two doctoral programs. We invite you to explore the numerous graduate opportunities at Rutgers-Camden by visiting our website at When you are ready to apply, visit our website at

Teacher Preparation and Second Degree Candidates

Graduates pursing teacher certification or second degrees who plan to continue attending Rutgers-Camden in the semester following graduation, will need to complete re-enrollment forms.

Please contact Dr. Sara Becker at with any specific questions.

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More Questions?

Contact Dean Jennifer Thiel