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Commencement Student Speaker Nomination Information

Nomination Information for the RSBC Commencement Student Speaker for the Class of 2021

The Rutgers School of Business-Camden’s Commencement Ceremony is held each year in May. One undergraduate student and one graduate student will be selected for the role of student commencement speaker for the Commencement Ceremony. Being chosen as a speaker is one of the highest honors a graduate can achieve and carries tremendous responsibility. Graduates from any School of Business-Camden Program, regardless of location (day, evening, off-campus, or online), are eligible to be nominated as a Commencement Student Speaker.

The Commencement Student Speaker Selection Committee, made up of Rutgers School of Business-Camden faculty and staff, will review all draft speech submissions. Once finalists are identified by the Selection Committee, candidates will be asked to make a speech (audition) to the Committee.

The Selection Committee will review all finalist submission packages and will select the chosen speakers for the following events:

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated, in addition to academic excellence, qualities in professionalism, civic engagement, and leadership during their studies at the School of Business-Camden and ideally campus-wide.

Please review the Commencement Student Speaker Selection Process before reaching out to RSBC faculty and staff for nominations!

Nominations by Faculty and Staff

To nominate a student, School of Business-Camden faculty and/or staff must submit the Commencement Student Speaker Nomination Form, which can be found below.

Students cannot self-nominate. An interested student may discuss his/her intent with RSBC faculty and/or staff.

To be eligible for a nomination, a student must be nominated by two (2) School of Business-Camden faculty and/or staff of which at least one (1) faculty nomination is required.

Note: A nomination does not ensure acceptance.


Since the Commencement ceremony is a celebration of student achievement and accomplishments of our graduating class, Commencement Speakers should have the ability to give a positive, meaningful and inspirational address to the graduating class and their families. Therefore, nominees should be skilled public speakers.

Note: A nomination does not ensure acceptance.

Commencement Speaker Nomination Form

To nominate a Class of 2021 graduating student to be a Commencement Student Speaker, please provide all of the information in the form below.
  • Nominator's Information

  • Your Nominee's Information

The deadline for nominations is April 5, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Services Office at

Thank you for your nomination!

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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being 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 Application

The Fall 2021 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 2, 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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