Graduation Information

May 2021 Commencement Update:

Production is underway for virtual commencement ceremonies that will celebrate your outstanding accomplishments.   While a virtual event is not substitute for an in-person ceremony, it is an opportunity to celebrate a communal moment and to individually recognize each graduate. More viewing details will follow.

The Graduate celebration will be held May 19th, 2021 at 2:00pm
The Undergraduate celebration will be held May 26th, 2021 at 9:00am. 

Your participation is the most important element of this ceremony.  Here are ways to participate:

Virtual Student Processional

Each graduate will be recognized with a personalized name slide that will feature your photograph.  The name and honors designation (if applicable) of each graduate will be read as well.   Please provide a photograph and a 10-second recording of how you want your name pronounced by visiting this submission portal.   All submissions must be received no later than Monday, April 26.  If you miss the deadline or decide not to submit a photo and/or audio clip, your name will be included in the virtual ceremony and will be read aloud.  If there is a problem with your submission or clip, you will be contacted and asked to resubmit content. Upload your processional info here!

Photographic and Video Montages

In addition to your personalized name slide, we encourage you to submit more photos and/or a video for a chance to be included in a celebratory montage that commemorates your time at Rutgers—Camden. Please remember that photos of patients, internship employers, school-age students receiving tutoring cannot be used. Please make sure to save files with a title that includes your name (example: JohnSmithPhoto).  Landscape/horizontal orientation, as well as images that don’t include added graphics or transitions, are preferred. For videos, please do not include any embedded music as we will be unable to use them. Upload your photos and/or video here!

Submission Tips and Guidelines:

Audio Clip Tips 
For your audio clip, you are asked to state your full name as you want the reader to pronounce it.  Speak slowly and clearly.  

Student Portrait Tips
We do not require a professional headshot nor are you required to wear academic regalia. Please do not wear branded clothing (sports, other universities), but Rutgers University gear is welcome.  Your photo will appear on a slide with a red background so a dark contrasting color may be work best. We have the following recommendations for taking a headshot at home:

• Have someone else take the photo – no selfies.
• Photos should be vertically-oriented.
• Shoot tight – try for just head, shoulders and elbows in the photo without much space around you.  If your torso is visible, Rutgers gear is acceptable, but please, no branded material or logos or names of other universities.
• Have the photographer shoot straight-on – no high, low, or side angles.
• Stand so your toes are pointed 45 degrees away from the camera and turn your torso to look back at the camera.
• Stand up straight and smile!

If you have commencement-related questions, please view the Commencement website here. If you still have questions, please contact Sharlene Joseph-Brown at  or Mike Morgan at  If you have questions related to accessing the submission portal or uploading content, contact Rutgers—Camden IT Help Desk: 856-225-6274 or


Congratulations Class of 2021!

Commencement is an exciting but hectic time! Please review the important information below:

Academic Regalia

The expected dress (regalia) is the cap, gown and hood.  Commencement 2020 regalia will be available for sale in the University District Bookstore. 
The University District Bookstore cannot take phone orders. If you cannot go to store, order your regalia online.


How to Apply for Graduation

To be considered for graduation, students must submit the online diploma application through the Registrar’s Office. Students are reminded to check their class year, major(s), and minor(s) for accuracy.  If any of these need to be corrected, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (856) 225-6053.

Application Periods:

  • May graduation: January 2 – March 1 (subject to change)
  • October graduation: June 1 – August 15
  • January graduation: September 1 – December 19

Please contact your advisor in our SNC-CARES department, who oversees the graduation certification process.

Graduation Certification Process for Nursing Students

The Rutgers University Board of Governors confers degrees in May, upon the recommendation of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden faculty.  In order to graduate, students 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 124 credits with a cumulative average of 2.0 or be in good academic standing as defined by the School of Nursing-Camden policy.

  3. Fulfill all requirements for the Nursing major.

  4. Discharge all academic, disciplinary, and financial obligations to the university.


Students must indicate minors on their online diploma application.  Students must contact the Registrar’s Office to have minors noted correctly on their academic record.  A student's minor department will approve their minor, and student's are advised to make an appointment with their minor department advisor.

What happens if degree requirements are not met?
  • Individuals who have not met their requirements for graduation will be notified by phone or email. 
  • Students who are ineligible to graduate based on their grades will be notified by phone or email.
Financial Aid

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

Special Note: October and January Graduates

All graduates of the Rutgers School of Nursing Camden are encouraged to attend commencement in May where diplomas will be awarded. Graduates who will not be attending commencement may request their diploma be mailed to them using the online diploma application.

Rutgers Honors Graduates and Honor Societies

Students may graduate with honors if they complete a minimum of 45 credits at Rutgers University as a matriculated student and if they earn a cumulative grade point averages of:

  • Cum Laude– 3.50
  • Magna Cum Laude – 3.75
  • Summa Cum Laude – 3.90

Honors classifications are determined at the end of the student’s last semester. These averages are precise; there is no rounding up. Honors graduates may purchase red cords from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore to wear at commencement. Honors designations are noted on the diploma, the transcript, and the commencement program.

Honor Societies

A selection of qualified students for all honors societies is made based on the student's academic standing in February of the relevant academic year.

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society holds an induction ceremony towards the end of the spring semester. Please review STTI induction criteria for Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden undergraduate and graduate students.

Rutgers University Alumni Association

All Rutgers University graduates are automatically members of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA), the university-wide organization of more than 461,000 alumni. There are no membership dues to pay and no forms to complete. Visit for information on programs and benefits and to keep your contact information updated. Graduates of Rutgers University–Camden are also members of the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Association (RUCAA), a chartered group of the RUAA. Contact RUCAA at or visit for information on how you can get involved with this active group of proud alumni.