Rutgers School of Business–Camden
Commencement Celebration Info

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and 2021!

August 2021, October 2021, and January 2022 graduates are invited to walk in our May 2022 Commencement ceremony, where diplomas will be awarded. Graduates who will not be attending Commencement may request the Registrar to mail their diplomas.

Commencement Celebration Update

In addition to our recent virtual commencements to confer your hard-earned degrees, Rutgers University–Camden will host in-person, school-based events to celebrate and honor the Class of 2021, as well as the Class of 2020. 

Throughout the summer, you have received surveys on your participation in the upcoming Commencement Celebration. Your response has helped us craft the following plan: a joint Commencement Celebration Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ for members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 of the following schools:

  • The Graduate School
  • Rutgers School of Business–Camden
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden

Rutgers Law School and Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will be celebrating their graduates in separate ceremonies, the details of which will be announced shortly.

Registration is required for this event. The responses were taken from the survey. If you would like to confirm your registration, please contact Rachel Tomlinson ( 

Students will be expected to arrive at the Benjamin Franklin Lobby by 4:00 pm on the day of the celebration.  In preparation for the celebration at BB&T Pavilion, please note BB&T’s Covid testing or vaccination policies for graduates and guests.

Details on the number of guest tickets per graduate for the celebration will be announced in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience as we plan this unprecedented joint graduation celebration. We are excited that Rutgers University–Camden will have the opportunity this fall to bring you together in person and salute you for your accomplishments.

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia is the same for both the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Buy your regalia and your honors cords at:
The University District Bookstore
601 Cooper Street,
Camden, NJ 08103

Monday. – Thursday. 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.,
Friday 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
(Sat.-Sun. closed)

Regalia will be sold during regular business hours up until the last commencement day. Please note, in order to be eligible to purchase honor cords, Bookstore associates will check if your name appears on honor listing that have been provided to the University District Bookstore by academic units.

From September 1 through October 13, you can order regalia to ship to your home by visiting

Other Regalia:
Several student groups and organizations give their members cords, sashes, etc. Students may wear these items at their own discretion.

Lifetouch Photography will be hosting portrait sessions for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. Schedule your appointment and enter School Code 34. You will then be able to select your date of choice for your session. Appointments are required. When you schedule your appointment, you will receive complete information on how to prepare for your portrait sitting.

For members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021, we have arranged free parking for all portrait days and times. Register your car.  Please note that Lifetouch has instituted new operating protocols to ensure your health and safety. Find out more about these practices by visiting:

The virtual commencement was livestreamed, which can be accessed at the link above. You do not need special software to watch the video. This event brought together our graduates, faculty, alumni speakers, and all of the Rutgers–Camden community to celebrate our remarkable students. 

Applying for the Graduation

The Rutgers School of Business–Camden awards degrees three times a year: Fall (August / October), Winter (January), and Spring (May). To be considered for graduation, pending graduate students must submit a Diploma Application online within the time frames outlined below.

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all the graduation requirements of the school, including certification of the major, have been fully met well before the expected date of graduation. Student records are officially closed upon graduation. A graduate cannot retroactively improve his or her cumulative grade-point average by completing work or taking additional courses after the degree has been conferred.

Application Periods:

Students graduating in August, October, and January participate in the commencement ceremony in the following May. 

**Unless the application is filed by the appropriate deadline, the degree is not conferred and graduation is delayed.**

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.

***Only students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements may participate in the commencement ceremony.***

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After notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Executive Shadowing Application

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Student Information



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If I am chosen and matched with an executive, I will follow through and prepare a one-page report giving honest feedback about the experience. The written summary is due by the start of the next semester. By typing my name in the box to the right I am offering my digital signature in lieu of my handwritten signature.

After the shadowing event, I will write a personal thank you letter to the executive and copy Dr. Kaufman-Scarborough and Ms. Bridget Britton for their records. By typing my name in the box to the right I am offering my digital signature in lieu of my handwritten signature.

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BLDP Application

The Spring 2022 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, December 10, 2021. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.


Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require the following:

  1. Completed application form (at the bottom of this page),
  2. Personal essay
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (one academic; one other)

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  (1) have sophomore standing or above and (2) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are required to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occured primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications for the BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

  • * Indicates a required field.

  • Contact Information

  • Academic Information

  • Please enter a number from 0 to 500.
  • Transfer students only.
  • Employment Information

  • List relevant employment history

  • EmployerPositionDates of Employment 
  • School Leadership Information

  • Provide evidence of leadership initiative while enrolled in school by listing all school-based organizations and activities in which you have held a leadership role while a student.

  • OrganizationRoleDates 
  • Community Leadership Information

  • Provide a list of community or volunteer activities in which you engaged in a leadership role.

  • OrganizationRoleDates of Activity 
  • Essay

  • Please write a short essay between 150 to 350 words, in which you discuss the reasons why your application should be considered for the Business Leader Development Program, including what you hope to gain from the program and what you can contribute.

  • Additional Submission Instructions

  • For your application to be complete, this form and TWO REFERENCE LETTERS must be on file in the Student Experience Center. Ideally, you should receive one letter from an academic source (e.g., a former or current instructor), and one from a business source (e.g., a former employer - even if for a part-time or volunteer position). Your letter writers should be mail them directly to: Dan Rosenthal, Student Experience Officer, Rutgers University, School of Business, 227 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102 or email the letters to

    Please only submit one application. If you experience any technical problems or need to submit the application again, please contact

    Thank you.

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